Murray "Mel" Henage

Monday, March 6th, 1944 - Thursday, August 20th, 2020
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Murray Lyle Henage II “Mel” passed away on August 20, 2020 at home with Maxie and Lyle in Hood River, Oregon and was 76 years of age at the time of his passing. Mel was born on March 6, 1944 to Murray L. Henage and Charlene M. Henage in Palo Alto, California. He had one brother Andy Henage and grew up with friend Stephen Wolfe. Mel attended school at Hal Moon Bay and Woodside High, California then continued his education at the United Stated Institute while serving his country. Mel joined the Navy in 1963 doing three tours in Vietnam and was honorably discharges in 1967. Mel married Marguerita Barbara Gentile “Maxie” in 1966 and lived in San Diego, California and then settled in Redwood City, California.

After the military Mel took a job with Retail Clerks Trust Fund in San Francisco, then moved on to work for the Northern California Retail Clerks Union. He also served as trustee of The Santa Clara County health maintenance organization which is one of California’s first HMO’s. He then took a position with the retail store employees union local 428 in San Jose, California. There he handled grievances and arbitration for the 8,000 member union.

When he and Maxie had enough of California they moved to Hood River with their children in 1978 and purchased and operated their orchard until Mel opened G.S Long Company of Oregon Inc. He remained the manager until he decided to retire. Since he was not one to sit around he returned to the industry where he worked as a private consultant and technical advisor for his son’s company, Western Ag Improvement Inc.

Mel enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family especially his wife Maxie. Mel is survived by his wife Maxie Henage his Son Lyle Henage his Daughter in law Tara Henage His lifelong friend Stephen Wolfe, six grandchildren Logan Mcfarland ,Cristina Henage , Luke Mcfarland, Nicolas Henage, Brandi Fletcher and Tanner Fletcher, and of course is loving dog Pepper. Mel was preceded in death by his parents Murray and Charlene Henage his brother Andy and his beloved Grandmother Stella Henage his Daughter Steffanie Rene Henage,one grandchild Alex Macfarland and Carol Wolfe.

A private gathering will be held at the Henage Property for family and close friends. Should you wish to make a Donation in Mel's name please make them to the Veterans of Foreign War or the WyEast Fire Department (c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center 1401 Belmont Ave. Hood River, OR 97031). Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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Michael Cardon

Posted at 08:29pm
When Mel came into my life, I didn't like him at all. He was a competitor. As time went on I couldn't help but start to like him and we developed a close friendship. Even though we continued to be competitors, we learned to work together and I remember many long conversations out in the middle of orchards. I am so sorry to learn of Mel's passing, but take solace of his life well lived. My condolences to the family. Michael Cardon

Kim N Beam

Posted at 06:27pm
Maxie, I am so sorry to hear about Mel. The picture of him is great.
Kim Beam

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