A Reynoldsburg man died over the weekend in Lake Erie after he attempted to traverse a rock jetty off Huron Pier and was swept away by high waves, a Huron police spokesman said.
Henry Stout, 19, of Helmar Drive, disappeared in 6- to 8-foot waves just before 7 p.m. Saturday. His body was recovered about 4:55 p.m. Sunday, the spokesman said.
Stout was last seen on a rock jetty that stretches beyond the end of the mile-long Huron pier, attempting to “shimmy” the rocks to the Huron lighthouse, the spokesman said.
The Huron police association closed off the pier from 8 p.m. Sunday until 9:50 a.m. Monday morning.
Stout’s body was turned over to the Lucas County coroner’s office in Toledo to determine the exact cause of death, police said.
“Henry loved to help other people and was always, always an extremely kind and compassionate kid,” said Dale Ullom, owner and martial arts instructor at Ullom’s gym in Reynoldsburg where Stout also was a martial arts instructor. Ullom first met Stout when he was a third-grader beginning his journey to become a black belt.
“He reminded me of the Energizer bunny because he was always going,” Ullom said. “Without a doubt the kids Henry taught and their parents just loved him.”
Stout, who has relatives in Huron, wanted to be a fireman and had just passed the first round of tests in January, Ullom said.
A wake will be held between 5-9 p.m. on Monday at the Foster Funeral Home, 410 Main St., Huron. A funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 430 Main St., Huron, followed by burial at Scott Cemetery in Huron.
A memorial service in Reynoldsburg will be held at St. Pius Catholic Church, 1051 Wagner Rd., at a later date.