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Ronald S. Henderson

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RUTLAND, Vt. -- Ronald Sanford Henderson, 78, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Henderson was born in Lafayette on Sept. 20, 1930. He was the son of Lewis and Grace (Titsworth) Henderson. Mr. Henderson received his education in Hamburg, graduating from Hamburg High School.

Following graduation, he went to work for Decker & Simmons Company in Sussex, where he was employed until May 1965, when he and his family moved to Rutland. There he was employed with the General Electric Company. He retired from GE in April of 1992.

Mr. Henderson was an exempt member of the Sussex Volunteer Fire Department. He was serving his second term as chief of the Fire Department at the time of his relocation to Vermont.

Ronald was an avid bowler and enjoyed riding motorcycles. He was a member of the Moose Club and served as past governor.

Mr. Henderson was predeceased by his parents, Lewis and Grace; his stepfather, Ray Shauger; two brothers, Benjamin and Lawrence; and his wife, Betty Lozier Henderson.

Surviving are his son, Ronald L. Henderson and his wife, Diane, of Rutland; a daughter, Diane Schoonover and her husband, Frank, of Hamburg; a grandson, Ronald L. Henderson II and his wife, Jessica, of Rutland; a granddaughter, Brandi Henderson-Savoy and her husband, David, of Rutland; his great-grandchildren, Wesley, Loren and Jacob Henderson, all of Rutland; a brother, Leslie R. Shauger and his wife, Bette, of Blairstown; his former wife, Dorothy Drew Snook, of Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank Street (Route 23), Sussex. Funeral services, with firemanÕs honors, will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Pinkel Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Clove Cemetery in Sussex.

Contributions may be made to Rutland Healthcare and Rehab activities program, or to the Sussex Volunteer Fire Department, 25 Loomis Ave., Sussex, NJ 07461.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Sept. 22, 2009