Alvin L. Henderson, 79, of Grangeville, passed away Sunday, October 11, 2009, at the Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center after a long, difficult, but courageous battle with cancer.
Alvin was born June 25, 1930 at St. John, Washington, a son of Cecil and Bertha Freeman Henderson. He lived in St. John from 1930 to1940 when the family moved to Grangeville. He served as an MP in the Army during the Korean War, then spent one year in Pocatello where he met his future wife, Barbara Raymond.
Alvin and Barbara were married June 22, 1958 and then moved to Grangeville and were blessed with two sons, Randy and Jim.
Alvin managed the A & F Grocery Store in Grangeville until it closed. He then transferred to Martin’s Foodland, working as manager of the meat department. The store later became Cash & Carry Foods. In March of 1981 he went to work for the US Post Office and worked there until he retired in 1994.
He was very civic-minded, spending many years as a volunteer fireman, a member of Jaycees, a longtime member and president of the Grangeville Lions Club, and sang in Camas Choristers for many years. He loved golfing with his many friends and was an avid fan of his beloved Seattle Seahawks from their beginning.
He was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a faithful participant in the church choir.
Following his retirement, he and Barbara took to the road in their 18 foot, 5th wheel. They bought a park model home in Zephyrhills, Florida. They wintered there for 10 years until health reasons caused them to remain in Grangeville.
He was a people-person, always ready to help anyone with any need. He loved children and never met a stranger. Alvin always had a smile on his face and looked on the bright side of life, even through his illness. He loved God and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Alvin is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; his two sons and their wives, Randy and Vikki and Jim and Jill; his granddaughter, Holly; two step grandsons, Zachary and Joshua, and a step great granddaughter, Charlea. These children meant the world to him. Surviving family are his sister, Janice Snodgrass; a brother, Norman and wife Rochelle; a sister in law, Maxine Henderson Burcham, and sister in law Ruth Haddix who thought of him as her brother, and many loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Cecil, and sisters Luella and Bertha.
A vigil service will be held Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Grangeville. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m., October 14, 2009, also at the church, with Father Bradley Neely as celebrant. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery. Viewing will be Tuesday, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.
Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church building fund.