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Plains Edition Obituaries for 7-9-11

William R. Henderson Sr., 79, of Alliance died June 17, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Alliance.

He was born to Earl and Kathryn (Yost) Henderson on Nov. 10, 1931, at his grandparent’s home north of Scottsbluff. He attended 11 years of school in rural Sioux County, graduating from Sunflower High School in 1948.

He married Barbara Jane Hood on May 11, 1952, in Scottsbluff.

He ranched in Sioux and Box Butte counties with his father and brother, raising Hereford cattle under the Earl Henderson & Sons banner. Following his father’s death, Bill and his brother, Jack, ranched together until the ranch was divided in recent years. At the time of his death he ranched with his sons Bill Jr. and Doug.

His first grandchild, Jeri, named him “Pa.” A kind gentle man, he was as playful as he was helpful. After a long day of work he loved nothing more than a bonfire in his driveway, complete with hotdogs and marshmallows. This was followed by homemade ice cream he churned, surrounded by youngsters, in the basement. He loved checking windmills, fixing fence, feeding 4-H animals, washing calves, attending school and church events, and helping in the roping arena. He enjoyed watching birds and other wildlife.

A 4-H member himself, his proudest honor was being a Box Butte County 4-H leader. He became a 4-H leader when his oldest son joined in 1962, remaining one until 1985. At one time the Barrel Spring’s 4-H Club was the county’s largest livestock club. His favorite 4-H activity was helping load a semi with 4-H animals and heading to the Nebraska State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben with a caravan of 4-H families. He was president and treasurer of the Box Butte County 4-H Council.

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He served on the board of directors for the Sandhill’s Cattle Association. He was a member of the Nebraska and American Hereford Associations. His family showed Hereford cattle on both a state and national level from the On Top Bull Sale in Alliance to Denver, Omaha and Chicago. As a young man he enjoyed judging cattle shows and traveling the great Hereford ranches of Nebraska on sale selection committees. He served as president of the local school board, secretary of the On Top Bull Sale and chairman of the election board. He was a Master Mason of Alliance Lodge 183, receiving his 50-year pin in 2010. He was member of the Elks for more than 60 years. He received the Rural Leadership Award from the Alliance Area of Commerce in 1972 and was named an Honorary FFA Chapter Farmer of the Alliance FFA.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Barbara; four children, William R. Jr. (Pam), E. Douglas (Sally) all of Alliance, Ann Henderson and Carla Berglund (Robb) both of Mesa, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Jeri Massie, Gary Henderson, Shea, Sage and Cody Henderson, Trey and Micayla Berglund and a great grandson, Anthony Massie; sister, Mary Jane (Tom) Gray of Vale, Ore., and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Kate; his step mother, Lee Henderson and his brother, John (Jack) Henderson.

William R. Henderson Sr., 79, of Alliance died June 17, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Alliance.

He was born to Earl and Kathryn (Yost) Henderson on Nov. 10, 1931, at his grandparent’s home north of Scottsbluff. He attended 11 years of school in rural Sioux County, graduating from Sunflower High School in 1948.

He married Barbara Jane Hood on May 11, 1952, in Scottsbluff.

He ranched in Sioux and Box Butte counties with his father and brother, raising Hereford cattle under the Earl Henderson & Sons banner. Following his father’s death, Bill and his brother, Jack, ranched together until the ranch was divided in recent years. At the time of his death he ranched with his sons Bill Jr. and Doug.

His first grandchild, Jeri, named him “Pa.” A kind gentle man, he was as playful as he was helpful. After a long day of work he loved nothing more than a bonfire in his driveway, complete with hotdogs and marshmallows. This was followed by homemade ice cream he churned, surrounded by youngsters, in the basement. He loved checking windmills, fixing fence, feeding 4-H animals, washing calves, attending school and church events, and helping in the roping arena. He enjoyed watching birds and other wildlife.

A 4-H member himself, his proudest honor was being a Box Butte County 4-H leader. He became a 4-H leader when his oldest son joined in 1962, remaining one until 1985. At one time the Barrel Spring’s 4-H Club was the county’s largest livestock club. His favorite 4-H activity was helping load a semi with 4-H animals and heading to the Nebraska State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben with a caravan of 4-H families. He was president and treasurer of the Box Butte County 4-H Council.

He served on the board of directors for the Sandhill’s Cattle Association. He was a member of the Nebraska and American Hereford Associations. His family showed Hereford cattle on both a state and national level from the On Top Bull Sale in Alliance to Denver, Omaha and Chicago. As a young man he enjoyed judging cattle shows and traveling the great Hereford ranches of Nebraska on sale selection committees. He served as president of the local school board, secretary of the On Top Bull Sale and chairman of the election board. He was a Master Mason of Alliance Lodge 183, receiving his 50-year pin in 2010. He was member of the Elks for more than 60 years. He received the Rural Leadership Award from the Alliance Area of Commerce in 1972 and was named an Honorary FFA Chapter Farmer of the Alliance FFA.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Barbara; four children, William R. Jr. (Pam), E. Douglas (Sally) all of Alliance, Ann Henderson and Carla Berglund (Robb) both of Mesa, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Jeri Massie, Gary Henderson, Shea, Sage and Cody Henderson, Trey and Micayla Berglund and a great grandson, Anthony Massie; sister, Mary Jane (Tom) Gray of Vale, Ore., and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Kate; his step mother, Lee Henderson and his brother, John (Jack) Henderson.

William R. Henderson Sr., 79, of Alliance died June 17, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Alliance.

He was born to Earl and Kathryn (Yost) Henderson on Nov. 10, 1931, at his grandparent’s home north of Scottsbluff. He attended 11 years of school in rural Sioux County, graduating from Sunflower High School in 1948.

He married Barbara Jane Hood on May 11, 1952, in Scottsbluff.

He ranched in Sioux and Box Butte counties with his father and brother, raising Hereford cattle under the Earl Henderson & Sons banner. Following his father’s death, Bill and his brother, Jack, ranched together until the ranch was divided in recent years. At the time of his death he ranched with his sons Bill Jr. and Doug.

His first grandchild, Jeri, named him “Pa.” A kind gentle man, he was as playful as he was helpful. After a long day of work he loved nothing more than a bonfire in his driveway, complete with hotdogs and marshmallows. This was followed by homemade ice cream he churned, surrounded by youngsters, in the basement. He loved checking windmills, fixing fence, feeding 4-H animals, washing calves, attending school and church events, and helping in the roping arena. He enjoyed watching birds and other wildlife.

A 4-H member himself, his proudest honor was being a Box Butte County 4-H leader. He became a 4-H leader when his oldest son joined in 1962, remaining one until 1985. At one time the Barrel Spring’s 4-H Club was the county’s largest livestock club. His favorite 4-H activity was helping load a semi with 4-H animals and heading to the Nebraska State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben with a caravan of 4-H families. He was president and treasurer of the Box Butte County 4-H Council.

He served on the board of directors for the Sandhill’s Cattle Association. He was a member of the Nebraska and American Hereford Associations. His family showed Hereford cattle on both a state and national level from the On Top Bull Sale in Alliance to Denver, Omaha and Chicago. As a young man he enjoyed judging cattle shows and traveling the great Hereford ranches of Nebraska on sale selection committees. He served as president of the local school board, secretary of the On Top Bull Sale and chairman of the election board. He was a Master Mason of Alliance Lodge 183, receiving his 50-year pin in 2010. He was member of the Elks for more than 60 years. He received the Rural Leadership Award from the Alliance Area of Commerce in 1972 and was named an Honorary FFA Chapter Farmer of the Alliance FFA.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Barbara; four children, William R. Jr. (Pam), E. Douglas (Sally) all of Alliance, Ann Henderson and Carla Berglund (Robb) both of Mesa, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Jeri Massie, Gary Henderson, Shea, Sage and Cody Henderson, Trey and Micayla Berglund and a great grandson, Anthony Massie; sister, Mary Jane (Tom) Gray of Vale, Ore., and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Kate; his step mother, Lee Henderson and his brother, John (Jack) Henderson.