Leonard R. Henderson


Leonard R. Henderson died Thursday, March 4, 2004 at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 80.

Leonard was born Dec. 29, 1923 in Neosho Falls, Kan., to Dorsey and Florence (Weiland) Henderson. He was raised and attended school in Neosho Falls. Leonard served in the U.S. Army during

World War II and was

awarded the Bronze Star. He married Cleta R. Laymon Aug. 31, 1946 in Yates Center,


The couple moved to Craig in 1948 and Leonard worked for a grain elevator and then went to work for Yampa Valley Electric as a lineman and later a meter repair and replacement man. He retired after 15 years service. Leonard was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Yampa Valley Golf Association. He enjoyed doing things with his family, golfing, fishing, hunting, bowling and was named Colorado State Bowler of the Year in 1962.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Cleta Henderson of Craig, Colo.; sons Larry (Jane) Henderson of Craig, Colo., Len (Yvonne) Henderson of Baggs, Wyo.; grandson Troy Len Henderson of Craig and four step grandchildren.

Services were held Thursday, March 9, 2004 at Craig Cemetery. Bill Lyon and officers of VFW Post 4265 officiated. Pallbearers were Deems Utzinger, Fran Rutherford, John Ages, Chuck Cobb, Bob Cloer and Ray Beck. Honorary pallbearers were all of Leonard's many friends. Interment followed at Craig Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Colorado Visting Nurse Association and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.

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