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Joseph Curtis Henderson

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Joseph Curtis Henderson Obituary
Joseph Curtis Henderson, 76, of North East, passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at his home.

He was born on November 15, 1941, in Erie, Pa., son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Curtis Henderson.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his brother, George A. Henderson.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Carol Patalon Henderson, whom he married on May 29, 1964; daughters, Suzanne Rapela (Paul) of North East and Holly Bebko (Rick) of Erie; grandchildren, Victoria Kelly (Thomas), Annabelle Rapela, Joseph Rapela, Andrew Bebko, and Cooper Bebko; sister-in-law, Nancy Maynard (David); and several nieces and nephews.

Joe graduated from Harbor Creek High School, class of 1959, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from Slippery Rock University in 1963.

After one year at Belle Valley Elementary, he continued his career at McDowell Senior High School, teaching Physical Education and Health, retiring in 1997 after 33 years. During that time, Joe coached many sports including football, golf, tennis, and wrestling. He umpired high school softball and rec leagues for many years and was well known, respected and loved. Joe also ran the clock for men's and women's basketball at Penn State Behrend for 26 years.

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, North East Sportsman's Club, Big Tree Sportsman's Club, Loyal Order of Moose, Siebenbuerger Club, and a lifetime member of the NRA.

Joe enjoyed sports of all kinds, especially baseball and football. He was a dedicated hunter and wildlife proponent, passionate trap and skeet shooter, enjoyed fishing and was an avid storyteller.

Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 S. Lake St., North East, on Thursday from 6-8 and on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8, and are invited to attend a funeral service on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 30 Clinton St., North East. Interment will be at North East Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Big Tree Sportsman's Club, 5207 Waltonian Dr., Ashville, NY 14710, or North East Sportsmen's Club, Box 261, North East, PA 16428, or to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in North East.

Please send condolences to www.elkinfh.com.

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Published in the Erie Times-News from July 25 to July 26, 2018
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