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Ron N. Henderson Obituary


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“i am so very lucky to have had a life time with my daddy...he was a man of so many faces...but always true to his heart..he loved so powerful and...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: kathy meek (henderson)

“My gramps taught me so much about love and life. Him and my grammy showed me the true meaning of love and gave me hope that true love really does...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Courtney Henderson - New York, NY

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, in this very difficult time. How blessed we've all been, to have Ron in our lifes. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Kit Crooke

“All of you are in my thought and prayers during this hard time. Ron was an amazing man who had the ability to touch the lives of people he met no...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Katey Miller - Gresham, OR

“We were so very saddened to hear the news of Ron's passing. Mom (Gloria Farneti) and I looked so forward to the M Co reunions with Ron & Max (and...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Janet Wiemers

“We were so very saddened to hear the news of Ron's passing. Mom (Gloria Farneti) and I looked so forward to the M Co reunions with Ron & Max (and...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Janet Wiemers - friends

“All of you are in my thought and prayers during this hard time. Ron was an amazing man who had the ability to touch the lives of people he met no...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Katey Miller - Gresham, OR

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, in this very difficult time. How blessed we've all been, to have Ron in our lifes. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Kit Crooke - Friend

“My gramps taught me so much about love and life. Him and my grammy showed me the true meaning of love and gave me hope that true love really does...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Courtney Henderson - New York, NY

“i am so very lucky to have had a life time with my daddy...he was a man of so many faces...but always true to his heart..he loved so powerful and...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: kathy meek (henderson)


Rolland N. Henderson (aka Ron, Dad, Papa, Gramps) was born in Lebanon, Oregon on February 13, 1929 to Melba and Leighton (Red) Henderson. Ron grew up with his big brother Richard (Dick) Henderson and at the age of three, lost his little sister, June Katherine, age two. In the mid-thirties, the family moved to Eugene, Oregon where Ron attended the first grade. The following year saw the family settling in Portland where his father (Red) worked for many years as a commercial painter and owner of a "filling" station on Williams Avenue in North Portland. After graduating from Benson High School in Portland. Oregon in 1947, Ron trained as a carpenter, earning his journeyman's license and working until being drafted into the Army in 1950. In January, 1952, carrying the rank of Staff Sergeant, Ron shipped overseas with the 49th Infantry Division of the 160 Regiment, M Company. While serving in Japan and the Korean Conflict, he was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal, the Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star, the United Nations Service Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge. Ron's greatest memories of those days were of the lifelong friends he made in the frozen trenches of Korea and the freezing conditions of the field hospital as he struggled with hemorrhagic fever. After receiving his honorable discharge in October, 1952, Ron worked for a short time as a currier for the Oregonian newspaper in Portland. An avid roller-skater at Oaks Park Rink in Portland, Ron met the love of his life in that same month. Ron proposed to Maxine on Valentine's Day, 1953 and they were married on April 10, 1953. In addition to becoming a new husband, he also became a new father to Maxine's three year old son, Jerry. Ron adopted Jerry as his own son at the time of his marriage. Ron and Maxine lived in southeast Portland where Ron returned to his trade as a carpenter. He became a father for the second time when Maxine gave birth to Kathy in March, 1955. Just 18 months later, Carole was born, completing the Henderson family. After eleven years in the southeast Portland home and even after Ron doubled the size of the living space, the family moved south to Milwaukie in 1965 to a larger family home. This is the home Ron and Max have occupied ever since; the home from which all three children graduated from high school and (eventually) moved away. Always a ardent outdoors enthusiast, Ron caught the "water skiing" bug from his brother Dick and wife Inez. Ron and his best friend George Greene built their first water ski boat out of wood. Throughout these "family years" Ron delighted in his role as chief ski instructor and boat driver, teaching all of his kids and most of their friends how to ski from the beaches of Government Island in the Columbia River. During the summer, it wasn't unusual to see a tent encampment on Government Island where the Hendersons' and the Greenes' were planted for several weeks. Each morning Ron and George would ferry across the River and head into work only to return in the afternoon to join their families. These were some of the best years for Ron, Max and the family. In 1963 Ron went to work for Ceiling Systems Incorporated (CSI) as an estimator. Ron showed the same kind of devotion to his work as he did in the other areas of his life. His dedication to CSI resulted in making it his place of work for 47 years. In 1980 Ron had an opportunity to join with partners, Ron Bump and Bob Stone in buying the company. Serving as CEO and assuming responsibility for general management, finance, estimating, he and Bob continued as partners in ownership until Ron's recent retirement in December 2009. Ron's work ethic and uncanny ability to relate well to others were prized by those with whom he worked over the years. Always a "project guy," Ron was happiest when work was busy and three or four projects awaited him when he got home or to the beach. He rarely said "no" to a project whether it was his or YOURS! In recent years Ron and Max have enjoyed touring with their fifth-wheel, attending Army reunions around the country, and cruising in the Caribbean. Along with their best friends George and Norma Greene, Ron and Max developed beach property in Lincoln City and began spending more and more weekends there. Ron loved the beach! He loved sharing the beach house with family and friends, enjoyed the Casino, and relished the additional projects provided by their vacation home. As Ron and Maxine's children grew up and began families of their own, he transitioned gracefully into the role of grandparent. Now he was Papa, Gramps or Grampy, delighting in each of his six grandchildren and one great-grandson. Spreading his love more broadly only seemed to expand the love he had to share. Always the anchor of his family, Ron was literally surrounded by the love and adoration his children and grandchildren. Ron was deeply involved in his church throughout his adult life and loved his lord with all his heart and soul. His faith was not something he brought with him from childhood but rather came as part of "the package" when he chose to spend his life with Maxine. Reluctant at first, Ron began attending church because he loved his wife. Soon enough however, the Spirit moved in Ron and he came to love the Lord. Ron and Max also met many of their dearest friends through their church affiliation, including their best friends, George and Norma. Attending Brentwood, Moreland, and finally Oregon City Church(es) of The Nazarene, Ron was always active in membership and countless church projects. Sad to leave Max and his family behind, Ron believed firmly that the lord had prepared a place for him and he was at peace, anticipating the everlasting embrace of his heavenly father. Ron trusted

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