Henry Wescovich never learned how to drive a car. Until poor health stopped him two years ago, he could be seen riding around Biloxi on his bicycle.
Mary Ann Bishop, his niece, said that although he'd only finished the sixth grade, he was a self-educated man who'd ride to the downtown library and read the encyclopedia.
Wescovich, who was born in 1918 and was one of 10 children, lived on Third Street on Point Cadet. He died in the house he grew up in, the house that neighborhood children would give him grief for because it had a fence, making him "rich."
He joined the Army at age 22, with World War II on the horizon, and served in Europe with the 114th Field Artillery, a National Guard unit from Biloxi.
Digital Access For Only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
Bishop said he was quiet, but could spin a yarn when the time was right.
"He didn't socialize a lot, but when you'd get with him in a crowd, I can remember the last time I saw him when my daddy was in the hospital and he had us in stitches telling about things that happened during the war," she said. "He was very happy-go-lucky."
Wescovich was very old-fashioned. He didn't believe in banks and had money hidden all over the house.