Herrin -Jack S. Henderson, 93, died at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at Herrin Hospital.
He was born November 22, 1909 in Torrington, CT to John and Louise (Parola) Henderson.
He married Beulah Paula Kuehner September 12, 1948 in Herrin. She survives of Herrin.
He was a coal miner for 43 years. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corp in World War II with the 8th Air Force 305th Bombardment Group. He was the top gunner on a B-17 and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Metal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters after the completion of 35 missions over Germany and 6000-plane raid of Wittenberge, Germany.
He was an avid outdoorsman. He spent his days gardening, hunting, fishing and searching for Indian artifacts in southern Illinois.
His wife – Beulah Henderson – Herrin
Cousin – Charles “Chuck” Parola of Herrin who has proven to be a loyal and devoted friend to both Jack and his wife and helped them in so many ways through difficult and trying times.
Brother in law and sister in law – Orville and Alene Kuehner – Herrin
Sister in law – Naomi Banker – Portland, Oregon
Sister in law – Natalie and Arnold Walta – Auburn, WA
Several nieces and nephews
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Mack Henderson and one sister Josephine Newell, cousin and fishing pal, Lester Parola.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2003 at Johnson Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. Rev. Michael Henson will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Energy, IL.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Herrin or the Trinity Early Learning Center or the Doughboy Foundation in Herrin or the charity of the donor’s choice. You may visit this obituary or sign the guest registry at www.hughesfuneralhomes.com