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Robert Harry Henderson

April 5, 1918 January 31, 2015
Robert Harry Henderson
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Obituary for Robert Harry Henderson

Worthington, MN


      Robert Harry Henderson, age 96, passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at his residence at the Ecumen Meadows in Worthington.

      Bob was born April 5, 1918, in Mankato, MN, to Harry and Rachel (Jones) Henderson. He attended schools in Mankato and Lake Crystal, graduating from Lake Crystal High School in 1936. Following high school, he farmed near Lake Crystal until being drafted into the United States Army during World War II. He served four and a half years in the military before being honorably discharged. He married Irma Burket on March 24, 1944 at Wichita, KS. Their union was blessed with a son and daughter, Jim and Deanna. Following the war, Bob and Irma moved to Worthington where he worked for Martin Chevrolet Company. He later worked for Martin Oil Company where he drove a bulk gas truck for 36 years. After retiring at age 65 from Martin Oil Company he drove van for Nobles County Heartland Express for 15 years.

      Bob was a long time member of the Worthington Christian Church. He was baptized by Waldo Brown in 1945. He was an active member of the church serving as a Sunday School teacher, youth leader, and choir member. He also served on the Church Board as a Deacon, Elder and Church Clerk.

      Bob enjoyed traveling and through the years he and Irma traveled to all 48 states. He also enjoyed music and was a member of the Nobles Chordsmen. He took the greatest joy in his family and enjoyed time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

      Bob is survived by his wife, Irma, of Worthington, MN; son, Jim (Sharon) Henderson of Worthington, MN, and daughter, Deanna (Dallas) Hallstrom of Mankato, MN; six grandchildren, Todd (Laura) Henderson of Worthington, MN, Ryan (Dawn) Hallstrom of Kasson, MN, Chad (Sara) Henderson of Worthingotn, MN, Heidi (Tim) Bents of Bigelow, MN, Rachel (Jason) Worwa of Cottage Grove, MN, and Krista (Shawn) VanHeuvelen of Ocheyedan, IA; and 13 great grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

      Memorial services will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., at the Worthington Christian Church, 1501 N. Douglas, Worthington, with Pastor Doug White officiating. Private family burial, with military rites, will be held prior to the service at the Worthington Cemetery.

      Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Benson Funeral Home, 1225 Ryan’s Road, Worthington.

      We would like to thank the amazing staff at Ecumen Meadows of Worthington for the wonderful care and love shown to Bob during his years with them. Also, thanks to the staff of Compassionate Care Hospice for their excellent care.

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