SIOUX CITY (KTIV)- Friends, and family, gathered to celebrate the life of local TV legend, Jim Henry.
"We'll miss you, Jim. It's the end of an era," Richard Kleinberg, friend and co-worker of Jim Henry said.
Jim passed away last week, in Michigan, at the age of 89.
He was laid to rest on Thursday in Sioux City.
Jim Henry was the epitome of Siouxland entertainment for 50 years. The host of Canyon Kid's Corner for thirty years and 'Around Siouxland' for two decades on KTIV didn't limit his impact to those short segments.
"For the young people of Siouxland, Jim Henry became their teacher after school, starting each afternoon with, 'Hi, boys and girls!' And over the years on Canyon Kid's, over 70 thousand kids were a part of that show," Father Merlin Schrad said.
As family and friends gathered to remember Jim as a husband, father, and teacher, some said his impact on their early life changed their life.
"There have been three main people that were an influence on my art career, and that was my folks, Jim Henry, and my seventh grade school teacher," Patricia LeClair said.
Patricia LeClair won first place in the Canyon Kid art contest multiple times. She says that experience, along with the push of her seventh grade art teacher, drew her to art. Patricia became a full-time commercial artist for 35 years.
"That gave me such self esteem, knowing that I won those times," LeClair said.
Others who worked with him say his ability to maintain composure on-air and on stage was second to none.
"Jim would always kind of forget lines every so often. But you know when you go on stage and you do forget a line, you stand there staring off into space. Jim wouldn't do that. He would keep talking. He would just start making things up and it always made sense to the plot of the play, but he would talk and talk and talk. And you're sitting there hoping that he'll take a breath so that you can get your line in," Kleinberg said.
But most of all, those who knew Jim say he was a joy to work with, and inspiration who made every day a day to remember.
"He had a great big smile on his face. He loved what he did for the kids of Siouxland," LeClair said.
Since the news of Jim's passing, last Friday, word has spread across Siouxland, and across the country finding his fans that have moved away after growing up watching "Canyon Kid," and "Around Siouxland."
Jim's widow, Karen, says she has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for her late husband.
"Coming back we had no idea how this was all going to go about, and we are definitely overwhelmed by all the nice thoughts and prayers and memories he has given people." Karen Henry, Jim Henry's wife said.
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