On November 9th, 2020, Don Henderson, age 89 of Jenkins, Missouri went to heaven to be greeted by the Lord and the love of his life for 67 years, his wife Una, whom he had taken care of for many years. Don’s children Gary and Susie had the honor of being by his side when he passed away at the Aurora Nursing Center.
Don was born Donnie Alexander Henderson on May 16th, 1931 in the home, at Reeds Spring Junction, MO. He was the son of Charlie and Mary Grace Keithley Henderson of Reeds Spring, MO. Besides Una, Don was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ed Henderson, Lester Henderson, Milford Henderson, Floyd Henderson, Glen Henderson and one sister, Flossie Henderson Hill. One sister, Phyllis Henderson Blair of Reeds Spring survives.
Other survivors include Gary and Laurie Henderson of Shell Knob, MO and Sue Garrison and Bob of Cassville, MO; grandchildren, Chuck Henderson of Kansas City, MO, Noelle Stewart of Cassville, MO, Sara Henderson of Chicago, IL, and Jill Wells and her husband Ben of Republic, MO; great-grandchildren, Hayley Navarrete and her husband Brandon of Holloman AFB, NM and Logan, Chloe and Harper Wells all of Republic, MO.
Don was a crew chief in the Air Force during the Korean War working on the B-47 aircraft and was stationed in Wichita, KS. Upon discharge, he worked for the Civil Service where he continued to work on the same plane. On leave from the Air Force, to see his family in Reeds Spring, he “found a nice young lady named Una M. Hudson. And her parents lived in Jenkins.” They had met in Reeds Spring at a square dance where she was with her cousins while visiting her family in Jenkins. Where they found out they both were living in Wichita at the same time. A couple of years later they were married on Dec 31st, 1953. Then in 1960 after a few years of marriage and two children later they moved to Jenkins, bought a farm from a lady named Jewel Periman and both Don and Una remained there for the rest of their lives.
Don worked for the Jumping Jacks Shoe Factory in Cassville, MO for many years as foreman of the lasting department. Then he was able to obtain a job just up the road from his farm with the Jenkins, Missouri State Highway Department (MODOT) for 26 years before retirement.
While working at the shoe factory and the highway department, Don also for many years milked cows with his father-in-law, Sam Hudson and then went on to raised beef cattle with his son Gary. With his daughter Susie’s love of horses, they had numerous horses where they spent many hours trail riding and, going to local rodeos throughout his life.
Don was saved at an early age and was baptized into the Baptist faith on May 15th, 1966 in Flat Creek at Jenkins just up from the old Jenkins bridge. Don was an active member of Shiloah Missionary Baptist Church and served as treasurer for some time. Later in life he and Una became members of the First Baptist Church of Cassville, MO. He was a member of the Sheriff Posse drill team for some years, and the Diamond J Saddle Club. He loved to go hunting with Gary here in Missouri and Colorado. And enjoyed fishing and playing the Hand & Foot card game and Mexican Train Dominos with his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Richard and Leta Hite of Aurora MO. But most of all he loved to play with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Don loved his family very much and did not hesitant to tell them so. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Clio Cemetery in Jenkins under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.
Contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association in memory of Don.
Social distancing is requested by the family.
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