Elvin Albert Henderson passed away at Village at Skyline in Colorado Springs at the age of 89 on April 11, 2013. He was born on July 20, 1923 in Colorado Springs, CO. to the late Albert and Grace (Enoch) Henderson of the Drennan Community. He spent all of his life in Ellicott and the Drennan Area. In the late 1930's his parents were close friends with the Pete Johnson family of Ellicott and on March 6, 1942 Elvin married his only sweetheart, Elsie L. (Johnson) Henderson. After they were married they bought a place at the Corner of Enoch Rd and Bar 10 Rd, 6 miles south of Ellicott. They started farming, raising cattle and had a dairy farm, which later became one of the highest producing herds, along with being the number one Butter Fat herds in the State of Colorado. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Elsie, of 65 years, an infant daughter Donna at birth and his parents: Albert and Grace Henderson, along with his brother, Dale last year. He is survived by three daughters: Virginia Wands (husband Johnny), Elvis Grau (husband Dale), and Carolyn Hall (husband Orbin Jr.): and his son, Louis D Henderson. He is also survived by his two sisters: Norma Teakel and Iona Hughes of Colorado Springs. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren. He was very active in The Mountain View Grange and was the Master for many years and was very active baseball player. A friend of his, Will Perkins, said Elvin was the only baseball player he ever seen wearing suspenders with a uniform. In his early years he helped start the Ellicott Baptist Church and was ordained as Deacon of the church in 1985 and was very active in a couple other churches in the Colorado Springs area during his life. In the mid 1960's he was one of the founders of the Upper Black Squirrel Creek Water District and President from 1978 through 1988, it has been very important for the Ellicott Basin. A visitation will be at 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Swan-Law Funeral Director's. A celebration of Life for Elvin will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Swan-Law Funeral Director's Cascade Chapel and burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. There will be a reception to after the burial at the DAV Hall Knob Hill, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes foundation in the name of Elvin A. Henderson.
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Published in The Gazette on Apr. 14, 2013