Henderson, 70, of Valparaiso, IN, passed away at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, April
5, 2016, at Porter Regional Hospital in Liberty Township.
Ron was born in
Greensberg, IN, on March, 19, 1946, to the late Clifford and Elizabeth Avery
He graduated from
Waldron High School in 1965. Ron joined the US Air Force and served during
the Vietnam War. On June 17, 1967 at Beale AFB, CA he married Rayanna
Clouser. She survives. Ron and Rayanna lived in Winamac, IN, for many years
before moving to Valparaiso in 1986. He was a member of Pulaski County
REACT. Ron had worked for Ford as a Master Mechanic and also held
certification with the ASA. Since his retirement, he has enjoyed
chauffeuring his grandchildren back and forth to school and their sporting
activities. He could often be seen in the front row watching and cheering
them on. He often got in trouble from his children for spoiling the kids
with treats, Papaw always had a soft touch for his grandkids. In his younger
years, he was an avid fisherman on the Tippecanoe with his children and
mother-in-law. He loved hunting, boating, camping, and traveling. He enjoyed
race cars as a fan and driver.
Survived by his
beloved wife, Rayanna Clouser Henderson; son, Jeffrey (Viola) Henderson of
Winamac; daughters, Jennifer (Jeremy) Pape of Valparaiso and Josie (Scott)
McLaughlin of Chesterton; six grandchildren, Jeffrey (Micah) Henderson, Ft.
Hood, TX, Mara Henderson, Royal Center, IN, Ethan and Emma Pape, Valparaiso,
IN and Eric and Patrick McLaughlin, Chesterton, IN; brother, Ronald
Henderson, Shelbyville, IN; brother-in-law, Donald (Nancy) Clouser;
sister-in-law, Elizabeth Clouser (Stan) Machaj; and many cousins, nephews
Preceded in death
by his father, Clifford Henderson; mother, Elizabeth (Avery) Henderson; and
one brother, Donald Henderson.
will be held at 11 a.m. EDT Friday, April 8, 2016, at First United Methodist
Church in Winamac with Pastor Dave Marty officiating. Burial will take place
in Winamac Cemetery, Winamac, IN. The American Legion and VFW will conduct
Military graveside services.
Visitation will be
from 4-8 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac and
one hour prior to services at the church Friday.
contributions may be given to Wildlife Conservation and Education Endowment
of Pulaski County. Its purpose is to promote and support wildlife
conservation and habitat management, conservation education, and education
in outdoor recreation with primary focus on hunting, fishing, trapping and
shooting sports activities at the Winamac and Jasper-Pulaski Fish and
Wildlife Areas. Checks may be made out to the Community Foundation with
Wildlife Conservation & Education Fund in the memo line.
been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac, IN. Online condolences may be
offered in the guestbook at