With a heavy heart, we regret to inform you that our dear friend Todd Henry, KCFDC #296, passed away Sunday morning, June 19, in his home in Kansas City, MO. He was 48 years old. He is survived by his parents, Tim and Peggy Henry, as well as his girlfriend Sue Roberts. Visitation will be held 9:30- 11:00AM, Saturday, June 25 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., followed by graveside service at 11:00 at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Todd was a force in the disc golf community. If you saw him show up to a tournament, you knew there was always a strong chance he would walk away with the victory. Some people may wonder if he was really that good. The reality of it is He was better than that. Known as one of the best lefties from Kansas City, Todd had a solid game and an even more solid putt, which would come out of his hand like a laser, barely clearing the nubs of the basket. After shooting -15 under one night at Water Works in 2005, Jack Lowe walked up to him and asked How did you shoot -15? Todds response? I missed 3 putts. At any one point and time, he held the course record on almost every course in Kansas City. He and Otto Spiers played doubles at Swope one year where they shot -18 the first round and -17 under the second round.
Recent years, Todd hadnt played as much as he used to, but that didnt seem to matter. In 2014, after probably only playing 4 rounds a golf that year, Todd, on a whim said, Hey lets go play the Down Under Invitational. Then, he went on to win with 1 stroke over Ken Franks. While he loved playing Down Under, his favorite course to play was Swope Park. He was often seen out there toting around that red cooler and a small bag of really old discs. He was so good he didnt need new ones. He never lost the old ones. About 3 years ago he came over to Dick Parkers house to play his mini disc golf course. He brought over a 2003 Ice Bowl mini to play. His minis were even old!
While Todd was an amazing Disc Golfer, he was much more than that. He had a great love of music. One of his best friends Fred Fortson said that he had one of the largest music collections he had ever seen. Some of his favorite bands were Yes, Genesis (the old stuff), David Byrne and The Cars. Really, he liked all music, except for country. He had a great sense of humor as well. He loved talking trash, being sarcastic, and joking about everything with a very dry wit.
Todd either liked you or didnt, there was no in between. But when he did like you, he cared about you. Fred told a story about going to the Chiefs game with Todd and another friend. Fred got a call from his family telling him his father had a heart attack. Todd asked Fred if he wanted to leave the game and go see his dad. Fred said nah, its ok, but Todd knew how much it would mean to him. He rushed him out of the game and jumped in a car and drove with him overnight to Colorado so he could be with him. Thats just who Todd was. He was like a brother to most of his closest friends. He was family. Many people will tell you, there will never be another one like him. He was cut from a cloth that you can no longer find.
For those who didnt know him, well leave you with a piece of advice he would give to most people struggling with their disc golf game. Its disc golf dummy, not rocket surgery.
RIP Todd, you may be gone but you will never be forgotten.