TROY TOWNSHIP -- A juvenile court judge from Geauga County was struck and killed while riding a bike on Rapids Road in Troy Township Monday evening.
Juvenile Court Judge Chip Henry was riding his bike in the northbound lane on Rapids Road about 7:30 p.m. Monday when a northbound driver, a Troy Township woman, 42, struck him.
Henry, 53, of Auburn Township, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
Judge Henry's colleague, Geauga County Common Pleas Court Judge Forrest Burt, said Henry always wanted to be the Geauga County Juvenile Judge.
Judge Burt said Henry loved what he was doing and made a lot of positive changes in the court.
Judge Henry's family has roots in Geauga County that go back to the 1800s.
His father was a Geauga County prosecutor.
Judge Henry graduated Kenston High School, Miami University, and Cleveland State University's John Marshall Law School.
Henry has been on the bench in Geauga County since 1993. He was the senior judge in the county.
Henry worked as a Geauga County assistant prosecutor in 1987 and 1988 and the Geauga County Public Defender's Office prior to becoming judge.
He was also a state senator from 1989 to 1992.
Then-Gov. George Voinovich appointed him juvenile and probate judge in 993 following the death of longtime Judge Frank G. Lavrich.
After being elected the next year, he ran for and won his first full six-year term in 1996.
During his tenure, he received the AAA-Ohio Motorists Association Community Safety Awards for his help in reducing car crashes involving teenagers.
He also created a program in which volunteers serve as guardians for abused, neglected or dependent children.
He and his wife, Linda, met in Africa while they both served in the Peace Corps.
He is also survived by a son, Adam, and daughter, Kim.
Judge Forrest Burt said Judge Henry loved the outdoors. He enjoyed boating, running, bike riding, and canoeing.
Judge Forrest Burt said, " We will miss him, he was just a great guy."