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Arthur Lloyd Henderson Sr. was born March 10, 1924 to Herbert and Ruth Henderson in Cleveland Okla., Arthur joined the United States Navy during World War II, and was trained as a gunner in the Navy Air Force where he served. His service to America was something he forever treasured.
On November 16, 1946, he married Precious Franklin, in Wichita, Kan. After marriage, Arthur and Precious lived in Hobbs, N.M. for 20 years where his four children were born. Arthur worked proudly in the United States Post Office where he retired. Arthur and his family moved back to Oklahoma in 1964 where his children grew up in a loving family. In 2004, Arthur moved to Reno, Nev., and lived with his daughter who cared for him until his last breath. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and loved God dearly and knew he would have eternal life. Arthur was known as a very kind and gentle person who made all he met feel comfortable and loved. He was a wonderful Husband, Father, Grand Father and Great-Grand Father.
He passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 10, 2016, in Reno, Nev., after several years of declining health.
Survivors include daughter, Janet Henderson of Reno, Nev., two sons, Arthur L. Henderson II and wife, Lisseth of Reno; John (Kenny) Henderson of Olathe, Kan.; three brothers, Jack Henderson and wife Patricia of Edmond, Okla., Robert Henderson and wife Jeri of Cleveland, Okla., and David Henderson and wife Donna of Edmond; five sisters, Louise Mullennax of Del City, Okla., Alberta Norton of Oklahoma City, Okla., Jean Smith of Edmond, Marsha Anson of Fairfax, Okla., and Linda Spitz and husband Jimmy of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren, Tami Hunter, Josh Hunter and wife Jessica, Tawni Henderson, Arthur (Artie) L. Henderson III., and four great-grandchildren, Ryan Hunter, Rebecca O'Dell, Alyssa Hunter and Tyler Hunter.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Sandra Darlene Hunter; two brothers, Wilbert Henderson and Wayne Henderson; and sister, Doris Webb. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him but his kindness, patience and wisdom will live in his children and grandchildren who he so dearly loved. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and medical professionals at the VA Hospital and Renown Hospital in Reno Nev., who cared for him during his illness. The family especially would like to recognize the special care and comfort Arthur received from Linda Ash Jackson, MD, Henrik Slots, MD and Marie M. McCormack, MD.
Visitation will be 5 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, at Walton's Funeral Home, 875 West 2nd Street in Reno, Nev. Visitation will be 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, September 15, at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, September 16, at New Covenant United Methodist Church, 2700 South Boulevard, Edmond, Oklahoma 73013. Interment will follow at Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond where Arthur will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife of 70 years. Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home 601 S. Kelly, Edmond, Oklahoma 73003.
Published on September 12, 2016
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