Clarence Obert Henderson, 88, died on Sept. 1, 2014, the anniversary of his 62-year marriage to Juanita McGuire Henderson, who passed away May 6, 2013. His death followed a heart attack at his home in Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Center.
Preaching and teaching college business were his chosen occupations, based on a desire to serve. He preached for Churches of Christ in Marfa, Texas; East St. Louis, Ill.; Walnut Ridge, Ark.; Pullman, Wash.; and Loveland, Colo. As a professor of business, he taught at Colorado State University, Washington State University, Harding University in Arkansas, and Columbia Christian/Cascade College. While at Harding in the 1970s, he began the “Campaigns Northwest” program, which took college students on summer mission efforts.
Born in Willow, Okla., Nov. 14, 1925, he was the youngest child of Clarence Andrew and Birdie Lola Rogers Henderson. His parents and siblings — Odell, Odessa, and Orman — preceded him in death.
After graduating from high school in Salem, he was drafted in World War II. He held the rank of army tech sergeant and served as a medic in the Philippines. A 1950 graduate of Harding College, he later earned his master’s degree in business at Washington State University and his doctorate from the University of Oregon.
Henderson’s favorite hobby was raising a large vegetable garden and sharing the produce with others, but spare time was also filled with Bible study, teaching, reading, cabinet building, wood working and fishing. Together with Juanita, he delivered Meals-on-Wheels for 22 years. Teaching classes at church, being an elder, and mowing the church lawn were a few of his volunteer jobs.
Having the family around his table was his only wish for birthday or holidays. He is survived by his children, Cam Henderson (Andrea), of Beaverton, Brent Henderson (Cathy), of Hood River, Karen James (Ken), of Wasilla, Alaska, and Vern Henderson, of Redmond; his nine grandchildren, including Mindy Henderson and Mandy Stenberg (Michael) of Hood River, and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Healing Hands International or Smile Train.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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