A long-time fixture in Riverbend business, political and social circles has died. Henry Saenz passed away Monday at the age of 89. Saenz was the longtime owner/operator of Barleff's Menswear in Godfrey, and retired and closed the store in January of 2012. Barleff's was in operation for over 65 years.
Saenz was also a member of the Godfrey Township Board from 1985 to 1993, and was very active in business and civic groups during his career. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1308, the American Legion, the Alton Eagles, and the Alton Knights of Columbus. He was a charter member of the Alton Exchange where he served as past District President and past National President. He was also a member of the North Alton Godfrey Business Council, the Riverbend Growth Association, the Alton Wood River Sportsman’s Club, the Junior Achievement, and was instrumental in the incorporation of the Godfrey Township.