Ed "Geezer" Henderson, 67, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 10 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1627 Grand Ave. in West Des Moines.
Ed was born on March 15, 1947 in Lovilia, Iowa to Ernest Henderson and Phyllis (McGinn) Henderson. He graduated from Albia High School in 1965 and Drake University in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971. He worked for the Iowa Department of Revenue for 37 years prior to his retirement in 2010.
Ed was a passionate sports fan to say the least. No phone calls would be accepted during St. Louis Cardinal baseball games, Green Bay Packer or Notre Dame football games, or Drake basketball games. He saw 3 World Series games, a game at Lambeau Field, several Notre Dame games in South Bend, and was a Drake season ticket holder for over 30 years. His other passion was playing Euchre with his family and Tuesday night buddies.
Ed is survived by his wife of 33 years, Dianne (Waechter) Henderson; his daughters, Susan Henderson of Clive and Beth Henderson of West Des Moines; his sisters, Rita Henderson and DeDe Paris of Altoona, Peggy Graham and Jackie (Troy) Underwood of Albia; numerous nieces and nephews; the light of his life, grandson, Dacs; his in-laws, John and Leigh Waechter, Janet and Steve Heisdorffer, Jim and Stacy Waechter, Terry Waechter, and Cathy and Joe Clawson. Ed was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister; and brother, Tommy Joe.
Ed's favorite Irish saying was "May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead." Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
Hamilton's Funeral Home
3601 Westown Parkway West Des Moines, IA 50266
Published in Des Moines Register from Apr. 8 to Apr. 10, 2014