Hamilton County


Earl Maynard Henderson




Earl Maynard Henderson was born Oct. 17, 1922 to William L. and Maggie Larson Henderson. He died July 16, 1998 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Webster City, IA.

Ensign Henderson served with the U.S. Navy in World War II in the Pacific Theatre of Operations.

His Obituary: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - July 17, 1998

Earl M. Henderson, 75, Fort Dodge, died Thursday, July 16, 1998 at Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge, with Rev. Allen E. Hermeier officiating. Burial is in Graceland Cemetery, Webster City. Military Graveside Rites were conducted by American Legion Post 191. Gunderson Funeral Home of Fort Dodge was in charge of arrangements.

Earl M. Henderson, son of William and Maggie Henderson, was born Oct. 17, 1922 at Ellsworth. He grew up in Ellsworth and graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1939. From 1940 to 1941, he attended Luther College at Decorah and then Iowa State University from 1941-1943. He then served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an ensign and served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations.

Following the war, he returned to ISU and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1948. He then taught GI school at Story City. In 1955 he again returned to ISU and received his Master’s Degree in 1956. He moved to Fort Dodge where he worked for the Webster County Extension Service. In 1963, he then went to work for Union and Trust Savings Bank, which later became United Central Bank, then First Interstate Bank. At the bank he was senior vice-president and was the head of the agriculture department. He retired from the bank in 1986. In 1964, he married Cleo Krumm at Fort Dodge, where the couple have made their home since.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Nick Henderson, West Des Moines and Hal Henderson, Rochester, Minn.; five grandchildren; brother, Willard Henderson, Ellsworth, and two sisters, Ruth Clem, Ames and Alice Wicklein, Rochester, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Florence Vespestad.

Mr. Henderson was a member of the Fort Dodge Rotary Club, served on the Rotary’s Agriculture Committee and received an Honorary Member Award in 1997. He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, where he served on the church’s foundation board, taught Sunday School, and served on the church council. He was also a member of the Fort Dodge Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Ambassadors, RSVP, and was a past treasurer of the Fort Dodge School Board, and a past member of the Trinity Regional Hospital Board, serving as chairman in 1996. In addition, he worked on the Webster County 4-H Fair for several years in the areas of judging and herdsman-ship.

Source: ancestry.com