Henry Lex was raised in the West Allis-West Milwaukee area and graduated from West Milwaukee High School in 1947. While at West Milwaukee, he wrestled for 4 years and placed second in the WIAA State tournament in 1947 at 145 pounds. He was team captain his senior year. His high school coach was Lester Leahy.
Henry attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. There was not a wrestling program his fist year. Coach Larry Lederman organized a program and Henry earned an 11-1-0 record his first year of competition. He then transferred to Madison and wrestled under George Martin two years, 1950 and 1951 in which Henry was a State AAU champion at 155 pounds.
After teaching 8 years in the West Milwaukee School system, he became the head coach at West Milwaukee High School in 1962. He remained as head coach until 1977. while at the smallest school in the conference, (Waukesha 2000+, West Milwaukee 600) he produced 9 individual conference champions.
Henry was instrumental in the starting of a wrestling program in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District's junior high schools in 1970. He coached at the junior high levels at West Allis Horace Mann from 1970 until 1982. Henry retired from teaching in 1984. Since 1982, he has coached in the middle school program in the district and has continued after retiring from teaching.
In addition to his school-connected wrestling activities, he was active in the old "Wrestling of Wisconsin" youth program, has been a member of the State AAU Wrestling Committee for 27 years (1960-87) which includes membership on the steering committee for the organization. He has been active in the Sears Junior Olympic wrestling program since it was started in 1975, which includes being the chairman (1981-87) in the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
Over 4 decades have seen involvement in wrestling by Henry Lex. He has wrestled, coached, contributed to, and promoted wrestling. He has officiated both folkstyle and freestyle.