April 14, 1925 - April 21, 2010
Carl Sydney Henderson, a resident of Booker Rest Home in Dayton, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010. He had just celebrated his 85th birthday.
Carl was born April 14, 1925, in Leadhill, Ark. to Charles and Edith McCollough Henderson. He was the youngest boy of seven children and enjoyed growing up on a farm with small animals, swimming in the creek, and working with his parents and siblings to get the day's work done.
In 1945, Carl met Marie Jeanette Botnen in Tacoma where Carl was stationed at Fort Lewis. At a church service, Marie was in the choir and Carl was in the audience when Carl leaned over and whispered to a buddy, "I'm going to marry that girl." And he did, on July 29, 1945, just before Carl was shipped out to New Caledonia, South Pacific Islands, where he served as a private in the Army.
After being discharged, Carl worked numerous jobs to support his growing family while he also attended Northwest Bible College to earn his credentials as a minister of the Assembly of God Church. Over the next 50 years, Carl and Marie specialized in small town churches, serving in mainly Washington State - Kettle Falls, Neah Bay, Eatonville, Cle Elum, Cashmere, George, Ione - but also Mobridge, South Dakota and St. Ignacius, Montana. In 1996 he and Marie moved to Dayton.
Because the towns and churches were so small, Carl worked a variety of jobs to make ends meet:
a lumber mill worker, janitor, customs officer, fruit orchard laborer, and, his favorite, a bus driver. He was instrumental in the construction of the churches in George and St. Ignatius.
Carl was ever the southern gentleman, soft of speech, and willing to help all those in need. He loved huckleberry picking, covering vast areas while he moved rapidly from one bush to another, which was the same way he fished. He also loved cutting firewood and gardening. For 15 years he walked five miles a day with his black mini-poodle, Babe.
Carl leaves behind his wife of nearly 64 years, Marie; and four children, Paul (Letha) Henderson of Yakima, Jon (Kathy) Henderson of Wenatchee, Ruth Leewright (Rick) of Stuart, Oka. and Steve (Carolyn) Henderson of Dayton; 11 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. His younger sister, Delcie is the only surviving sibling.
A memorial service for Carl will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2010, at the Blue Mountain Assembly of God Church, 311 S. 4th Street, Dayton. Family and friends will sing Carl's favorite song, I'll Fly Away.
We all miss Carl, but he is where he has always wanted to be. The Farm Boy has gone Home.