DUCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Henry J. Arsenault Jr., of Ghent and a former longtime Duchess County resident, died Sunday, Jan. 3. He was 77.
A U.S. Air Force veteran, Arsenault attended Dutchess Community College, where he studied drafting. He worked from the late 1970s to 2000 as a drafting instructor at Green Haven Correctional Facility.
Arsenault had a lifelong passion for baseball. He played minor league baseball for the Cleveland Indians, and on returning to Duchess County, he coached the Rhinebeck Indians JV baseball team and the Vassar College baseball team.
Arsenault was a member of the Norrie Point and Rogers Point boat clubs, and he was a model airplane enthusiast.
He is survived by his wife, Catharine (Pike) Arsenault of Ghent; his son Brian and daughter-in-law Ellen Arsenault of Rowayton, Conn, and their children Katharine, Julia and Christopher; step-daughters Stacey Brian of Dover Plains and Tracey King of Utica; step-grandchildren David and Amanda Brian, and Michelle and Aubrey King; and brother David and sister-in-law Maureen Quinn.
Arsenault was predeceased by his first wife, Julia Louise (Hyland) Arsenault, and his parents, Henry J. Arsenault Sr. and Beatrice Ashline Arsenault.
Visiting hours will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 West Market St., Rhinebeck. A time of remembrance will begin at 7 p.m. Private military honors will be offered Wednesday at the Rhinebeck Cemetery.
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