Henry Remple witnessed what was the darkest hour of the twentieth century for many Russian Mennonites, who were forced to flee in the wake of the Russian Revolution to avoid religious persecution. The Remple family, Henry's parents and seven children, left their Ukrainien village of Alexanderwohl on April 6, 1922, to emigrate to the United States. Only Henry and two of his sisters, Agatha and Agnes, would survive the transcontinental journey.
The siblings arrived at Ellis Island on October 7, 1923 and then moved to Nebraska, where Henry grew up in Henderson, in the home of C.D. and Berha Epp. Henry earned the Ph.D. in Psychology in 1950 from the University of Kansas and pursued his professional career in Kansas City.