Richard "Dick" Henderson

Monday, February 8th, 1954 - Monday, August 17th, 2020
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Richard Earl Henderson was born February 8th 1954 in White Salmon, WA to Archie and Mabel Henderson. He passed August 17th at his home surrounded by family.

Dick grew up in White Salmon, graduating from Columbia High in 1972. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his youth and was especially fond of the Laurel area. He worked in the grocery business, eventually becoming an electrician’s apprentice for fifteen years. His career ended as night watchman for SDS Lumber when he was diagnosed with cancer. He was a fighter and battled for 4.5 years. He enjoyed long drives, cutting firewood, hours of mowing his lawn, taking his grandchildren on special trips, and picnics. He was very personable and everyone who met him loved him and his humor.

He and his wife Rita knew each other for years before they started dating. They realized they were soul mates and got married 7 months later in 1995. He made very sure to have everything prepared for her once he passed, organizing and labeling things, collecting wood and fixing things around the house. She was the love of his life and he cared for her deeply. They made a pact that they were “in love forever, plus a long weekend”.

Each had a daughter from previous marriages, Kelly and Alicia. Dick enjoyed going on trips, gardening, camping, and bringing daughter Kelly to work with him when she was younger. They spent much time with Dick’s mother, sister Wanda's family, his aunts and cousins. He enjoyed playing practical jokes on Alicia, such as taping her entire door shut and declaring it a ‘quarantine zone’ when her goldfish died. When she was older, he enjoyed going fishing, trap shooting and going out to eat together.

Dick had three grand-daughters, whom he adored. He loved having Jenna May “babysit” him after he had a bad car accident and his cancer diagnosis. They had many adventures and he fondly referred to her as the bottomless pit for her eating habits. Mostly, they enjoyed picking on Grammy together and had many laughs. He loved teaching Emery to cast her fishing pole in the yard and creating menus together for their picnics. He loved watching June ride her tricycle in circles on the porch and saying how smart and funny she was. He loved sharing pictures and videos of the girls, they were his happy.

Dick also loved his “favorite nephew” Jennie and niece Katie. All holidays were spent with them, sister Wanda and brother-in-law Jim. He is survived by his Wife Rita, Daughter Kelly & husband Joshua Simonson (Amity, OR), Daughter Alicia and husband Derek (Snowden, WA) Grand-Daughters Jenna May Eccles and Emery and Juniper Simonson, Sister Wanda, brother-in-law Jim and nieces Jennie (Husum, WA) and Katie (Truckee, CA) Mansfield. He is preceded in death by parents Archie Henderson, Mabel Henderson and daughter Lacey.

The family is honoring his wish to not have a service. 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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Todd Larsen

Posted at 06:06pm
Dick was one of the nicest people I ever met. Great sense of humor and outlook on things, very real and down to earth. Hadn't seen him in a long time, but I do think of the nice times we shared.

Rita Henderson Posted at 09:40pm

Thank you Todd, he always had fond memories of you as well 😊

Bonnie Baenen

Posted at 03:02pm
Dick and Rita have been my closest neighbors for over 20 years and I could not ask for better. Mainly we visited in passing as I made my way down the hill for a walk or in my truck on an errand of some sort. Although we didn't spend much time together knowing they were there is a comfort to me. Dick is gone now and will be missed as he always had a smile. It is a comfort to know Rita is still there and hopefully she will call on me from time to time if I can be of assistance. Bonnie

Rita Henderson Posted at 09:44pm

Thank you Bonnie, we have always enjoyed being your neighbor and I hope that you and I can connect a little mre often

Meggie See

Posted at 06:40pm
Unfortunately I never met Dick officially but heard a lot about him from Rita. Rita and Dick sounded like two peas in a pod, doing things always together and going places always together. What a wonderful relationship they had! Dick has left a lot of fond memories for Rita and his family, including his grandkids. He will be greatly missed. RIP, Dick,

Rita Henderson Posted at 07:45pm

Thank you so much Meggie, he was my soulmate

Rita Henderson

Posted at 09:55pm
Thank you Tom and Janet you were pretty special to him🙂

Lana Kent

Posted at 05:51pm
Hi Rita - so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I know how hard that is. I know that Don really appreciated Dick's hard work for him as an electrician assistant. He worked hard and was always willing to do the "tough" jobs, even though that meant crawling under houses because he was the small one! Blessings to you and your family as you grieve your loss, and may the good memories always rise to the top.
Lana Kent

Rita Henderson Posted at 08:34pm

He disliked heights worse than crawly spaces lol. Thank you, you and don were always really good to us.

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