Henderson, Ralph

November 11, 2018

Ralph Henderson September 6, 1918 - November 7, 2018 BURLEY - Ralph James Henderson passed away peacefully on November 7, 2018 in Burley, Idaho. He was 100 years old, having lived a full life of service and hard work. He was born in Arimo, Idaho along with his twin brother, Boyd, on September 6, 1918, to Louis Edgar and Anna Eugenia (Benson) Henderson. As identical twins, Ralph and Boyd were recognized as unique and rare in their community. As children, only their mother could tell them apart; throughout their lives they were often found fooling teachers, friends, and family. During the Depression, when Ralph was 16, the Henderson family moved from Arimo to Pocatello, Idaho. He attended Pocatello High School where he was active in sports. Ralph had an aptitude for mathematics, working as a bookkeeper while attending Idaho State University until he enlisted in the United States National Guard. Ralph later served as an officer in the United States Army during World War II, fighting in nine major campaigns in Africa and Europe over three years. While serving overseas, Ralph helped finance and build the first small chapel for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sardinia, Italy. Prior to being deployed overseas, Ralph married the love of his life, Lena Rawlins, December 12, 1941, and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Ralph was a hard worker, entrepreneur, and a visionary in his work. He and his family started a sawmill and ran a lumber company. He later owned a nursery, built and operated three mobile home parks, and farmed with his son, Rjay. Ralph was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served diligently in all his callings: bishop, high councilor, Primary teacher, Young Men’s leader, Scouting, and home teacher, even in his 100th year. Ralph will be remembered for his Christ-like service to many, but first and foremost to his wife after she suffered a debilitating stroke. As her sole caretaker of thirteen years, he inspired many by his loving and patient care. He had the spiritual gift to perceive the needs of others and often anonymously filled those needs. Age did not stop Ralph in finding ways to serve; in his 90s he painted over 175 fire hydrants in the cities he lived. Ralph is survived by his children, LaDene (Doug) Rovig of St. George, Utah, Kathy Henderson (daughter-in-law) of Rexburg, Idaho, Roger (Lisa) Henderson of Pocatello, Idaho, Julie (Lloyd) Monroe of Burley, Idaho, and Lon (Carrie) Henderson of Orem, Utah; 30 grandchildren; many great and great-great-grandchildren, and by his brother, Boyd Henderson. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, siblings (Louis, Helen, Dean, Ann, Sidney, and Joyce); son, R.Jay Henderson; and great-granddaughter, Mallory Monroe. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Springdale 2nd Ward, located at 519 E. 200 S., Burley, Idaho. Military rites will be performed by the Mini-Cassia Veterans Group. A graveside service will be held that afternoon at 3 p.m., at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, 2864 S. 5th Ave., Pocatello, Idaho. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, Idaho and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. preceding the funeral service at the church. Special thanks to Harrison Hope Hospice and all the nurses and healthcare professionals who have lovingly helped care for him in his last years.

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