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Henry W Dexter, Jr

November 28, 1961 ~ October 17, 2023

Henry W. Dexter, Jr. “Bill,” 61, of Melbourne, Fl. passed away Tuesday, October 17th at Holmes Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. Born on November 28, 1961 in Providence, RI, he was the husband of Karen E. (Sonner) Dexter and the son of the late Henry W. and Phyllis M. (Greenwood) Dexter.


Bill was a truck driver for many years.  He started his career driving for Rand Whitney, moving on to Frito Lay and most recently driving for Paul Arpin until his retirement in January of 2022. Bill was honored to deliver wreaths for the “Wreaths Across America” organization remembering the fallen.  However, with over 4 million miles logged in his safe driving career, the back roads of Foster were his favorite.


Bill was a past member of 4H and FFA as well as a past member of the Moosup Valley Grange and Moosup Valley Fire Department. Bill took enjoyment in farming, fishing and the outdoors instilling the love of these into his own family.


Bill is survived by his wife Karen,  a son, Henry W. Dexter III and daughter-in-law, Eryn Bernier of Oneco, CT.  Sisters; Susan (Dexter) Oldroyd of Davenport, FL and Patricia (Dexter) Morrison of Coventry, RI. Grandchildren; Shawn Dexter and Henry W. Dexter IV, several nieces and nephews as well as Karen’s four children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.


Visitation will be on Monday, October 30, 2023 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Gorton Menard Funeral Home, 721 Washington Street, Coventry, RI


Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at 10:00 at Rice City Church,

63 Vaughn Hollow Road, Coventry, RI




October 20, 2023, 4:23 pm

We love and miss you dad! Forever in our hearts.
Henry, Eryn, Shawn Patricia, Henry IV

Kevin Riley

October 20, 2023, 4:50 pm

I remember he was the first person who taught me how to shoot a gun..

I used to practically live with my aunt and uncle when they were married and remember helping him pull firewood out of a piece of land in Sterling..
I don’t think I was 10 years old driving the tractor when I ran over a sapling and basically blew the radiator out of the tractor…
I ran in the woods to tell him what happened, scared I’d get screamed at..
As we walked up to the tractor he said with a smile on his face damn kid you did a number on this one but it’s ok nothing we can’t fix…
I used to get screamed at all the time by my father so when he didn’t yell at me I wasn’t sure how to react.. I just remember the look on his face and the tone of his voice that for once made me feel like I wasn’t a fuck up…
I always appreciated every moment and memory I got to hang out with him..
He was a great man..

Brenda & Rocky

October 20, 2023, 4:50 pm

Karen(and family) Henry & Eryn (and family) Sue (and family) Patti (and family), my deepest heartfelt condolences to all of you. I was so saddened and sorry to hear of Billy’s death. He was a very good friend whom we will miss and forever keep in our hearts. Till we meet again Billy. ♥️

Gina Koshnick

October 20, 2023, 5:03 pm

Karen. So sorry for your lost

Carole Riley

October 20, 2023, 5:17 pm

Karen, Henry, Eryn and family, my deepest sympathy to all of you. I loved my brother in law, we had some fun times. RIP Bill, at least until we get there!

Donna Simmons-Sutton

October 20, 2023, 6:15 pm

Sending hugs & love to you Karen & all your family.So sorry..

Roxanne Turenne

October 21, 2023, 1:39 am

Henry, your dad and I created a perfect gift during our marriage. You are so incredibly love adored and cherished. Your dad cried the day you were born. He had so much patience with you. He passed his talent and knowledge of logging, farming and so mechanically inclined . You definitely got the best of your dad, which is compassion and the gift of conversations. Bill, you will be missed.

Donna Simmons

October 21, 2023, 1:44 pm

Sorry for your loss .

Brenda & Rocky

October 21, 2023, 4:17 pm

Ray & Judy (and family), we are so sorry for your loss. Sending sympathy and love to you all. We will cherish our memories. ♥️

Rusty Dexter

October 21, 2023, 5:53 pm

So Sorry to get your phone call of his loss. My thoughts and help are with you

Deb Cosme

October 25, 2023, 8:22 pm

I am so very sorry for your loss. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Claire Morissette LaBelle

October 25, 2023, 11:01 pm

Karen, Henry, Eryn, I am so very sorry for your loss. Having only known Bill for several years I was very fond of him. He always made every visit a special time to be with Karen and family. I’m grateful to have spent time getting to know him and to find out first hand what a great guy he was. Kind, compassionate, helpful, funny, creative, and never afraid of hard work. I’ll always remember how he opened his home and heart to me. I will miss him but he will hold a warm place in my heart. I know he’ll spend much time looking after his family. RIP

Katie Riley

October 26, 2023, 9:54 am

My uncle Bill was a kind and patient man. I always enjoyed my time with him. He will be greatly missed.

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