County mourns the loss of Switzerland County High School student Dillon Henry


The Switzerland County community and students at Switzerland County High School were saddened late last week at the passing of student Dillon Henry.

The 16-year old was a junior at Switzerland County High School, and was involved in a four-wheeler accident on Wednesday evening on Fairview Road. Switzerland County Communications received a 911 call at about 6:15 p.m., and officers from the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department; medics with Switzerland County Emergency Medical Services; volunteers from the East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department; and the Indiana Conservation Officer responded to the scene.

Dillon Henry received head injuries in the accident, and was airlifted from the scene to University Hospital in Cincinnati.

He passed away on Thursday at University Hospital.

The loss of the popular teenager stunned the student body at Switzerland County High School, as ministers from the community were brought in to provide grief counseling for students and staff. Students sat in silence in the hallways and also gathered in the high school cafeteria to share their grief and provide comfort to others.

A large red banner – Dillon Henry’s favorite color – was stretched down the hallway, and students had the opportunity to write personal messages and other remarks on the banner. As the afternoon wore on, additional panels were added.

Students and members of the community tied red ribbons to their vehicle antennas as a way of saluting their friend, and shaken students spoke highly of their classmate, who had many friends at the school.

Dillon Henry was born in Madison, Indiana, on November 16th, 1991, and moved with his family to Vevay during his sixth grade year in 2004.

Friends tell of Dillon being a comedian and somewhat of a prankster; and was very outgoing and friendly to everyone.

He enjoyed playing the electric guitar and classic rock music.

He also had a love of animals, and enjoyed playing the “World War Craft” computer game.

Dillon Henry is survived by his parents, George and Susan Henry of Vevay; his big brother, Logan Henry of Vevay; and his little sister, Georganna Henry of Vevay. Among his many friends was his best friend, Stephen Todd of near Vevay.

He is also survived by his grandparents: Donald Dunlap of Madison and Martha Smith of Bethlehem, Indiana; his aunt, Dawn Henry of Bethlehem, Indiana; uncle Wayne Dunlap of Madison; and three cousins: Amber Dunlap, Jeremy McDarment, and Mallory McDarment.

Students and other members of the community lined the sidewalk in front of Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home on Monday night for the visitation, and students were allowed to miss school on Tuesday to attend the funeral services.

For a complete obituary of Dillon Wayne Henry, please see page 2 of today’s edition.