Thomas Lee “Tom” Henderson, 76, Parker, Colo., formerly of Chanute, passed away with his family at his side on June 10, 2010 at the Parker Adventist Hospital, Parker.
Tom was born April 29, 1934 in Chanute, the son of Cletus Lee and Lottie Z. Epperson Henderson.
He attended Chanute schools. He received his G.E.D. in Germany. He then attended numerous military secondary schools to further his education.
Tom served in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne from 1952 to 1964. He re-entered the Army as an in-service recruit in 1973 with the Armed Guard Branch, and also became an Army In-Service Recruiter. Tom proudly served in the U.S. Army for 30 years, and retired as a Sgt. Major in 1989.
On August 21, 1955 he married Janice W. Bower in Iola. She survives.
He was a member of the National Rifle and Pistol Military Team, and also of the Seniors Pro Bowler Association. He retained and used his pro-bowler status until his passing.
He enjoyed bowling and target shooting.
Survivors include his wife, Janice; two sons, Rock Henderson and wife, Sue, of Morrison, Colo., and Dan Henderson and wife, Sandy, Berthoud, Colo.; two daughters, Shiela (Henderson) Gentry-Legler and husband, Doug, Parker, Colo., and Patti (Henderson) Ledford-Gregg and husband, Bill, Superior, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, Scott Henderson, Amy (Henderson) Kersteins, Janell (Gentry) Ames, Travis Gentry; Samantha and Courtney Legler, Kelli, Tommy, and Nicholas Henderson, and Michael, Shanae, and Levi Ledford; 11 great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Skylar, Kanon, Sydney, Braiden, Cadence, Griffen, Miale, Mason, Jayden, and Carter; several brothers and sisters-in-law, including Lolly (Bower) Stoops, Chanute; and many nieces and nephews, including Tammy Thornton and Laura Whittley, both of Thayer, and Jon Bower II, Chanute.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Cletus, Jr. and Dugie; and two sisters, Sheila K. and Jeannette.
Cremation has taken place. Graveside inurnment with military honors was June 17, 2010, at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colo. A memorial service was held afterwards at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highland Ranch, Colo.
The family suggests memorial donations in Tom’s name to the Disabled American Veterans P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or online donations at http://dav.org.
All Veterans Funeral and Cremation, 6832 S. University Blvd., Centennial, Colo. 80122, is in charge of arrangements.