The Norman Transcript


May 18, 2014

Henry Nicholas Herbst

NORMAN — Henry Nicholas Herbst, 56, died Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Norman. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Faith Pointe Baptist Church, 3404 36th Ave. NW, in Norman.

Henry was born Aug. 9, 1957, to Joe and Isabel Herbst on in Houma, La.  He attended school in Ulysses, Kansas, and Borger, Texas, and graduated from Enid High School in 1975. He continued his studies at Oklahoma Baptist University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 1980 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma School of Law in 1984.

After graduation, Henry opened his law practice in Norman and served the community until his illness early this year. 

Henry was a man of faith. His mom said, while watching him grow up, that he would either be a preacher or a lawyer. He lived his belief in God on earth, trusting Jesus as his savior. This abiding faith was the foundation of his service to his legal profession.

In 1987, Henry met his soul mate, Patricia Ford Lynch and they spent 27 happy years together. Pat was by his side when he passed away.

Henry was active in the Cleveland County Bar Association, serving as vice president and president of the association. He was a member of the Bench and Bar Committee and a longtime member of the executive board of the association. He was also an Oklahoma Bar Association Fellow.

Henry served on the board of directors for CASA from Jan. 10, 1990, through May 11, 1994. He was vice chair, secretary and treasurer during his years of service. Henry also served on the board of directors for the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company for nearly 10 years and his dedication helped the company through its toughest time after the loss of its founder.

Henry loved the law and was an avid and eclectic reader. He particularly enjoyed books on military history and war strategy. In his younger days, he enjoyed duck hunting and was a gun enthusiast.

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