Gerald Alan "Jerry" Henderson
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HENDERSON GERALD ALAN "JERRY"
61, Prescott, Arkansas (since 1998) formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, died suddenly of a heart attack Sat., April 28, 2007. He was born May 20, 1945, in Pittsburg, PA., to Ronald and Anna Louise Bean Henderson. He graduated from Baldwin High School in 1963; graduated from Allegheny Community College, on the Dean's list, with an Associates Degree in Child Development; retired Federal Government Employee of 30 years; an Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War; and was employed by K.B.R, working in Iraq at the time of his death. Son of the late Ronald and Louise Henderson of Mansfield, Ohio and also preceded by his sister, Patricia Reddick and his brother, Ronald Henderson, both of Pittsburgh, Penn. His survivors include: his wife: (of 38 Years) Darlene Quillen Henderson, Prescott, Ark, two sons: David Henderson and Shannon, Prescott, Ark. Brian Henderson and Carla, Hot Springs, Ark, two cherished grandchildren: Tyler and Emily Henderson, Prescott, AR, two loved step-grandchildren: Vince Marchese, England, Ark, PFC Chase Marchese, Ft. Hood. Texas. One niece: Johanna Wierjchowski, Pittsburgh, Penn. Funeral Services 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2007, Brazzel/Cornish Funeral Home, Prescott, Ark., Rev. Perry Johnson officiating. Burial DeAnn Cemetery, Prescott, Ark. Arrangements BRAZZEL/CORNISH FUNERAL HOME, Prescott, Ark. Visitation: Thurs., May 3, 2007, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Brazzel/Cornish Funeral Home, Prescott, Ark.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 3, 2007.
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May 20, 2007
It has taken until now for me to have the composure to even make an entry in this guest book, and even now it's still so very hard. How Ironic that it comes on your birthday.

You were taken away from us entirely too soon. But, your craziness will live in our memories forever.

I will always smile when I remember the man that stole my sister away from me when I was 7 years old. I was the only one that walked down the aisle on their wedding day that was crying. As I passed my cousin Bobby, he whispered "Don't cry. You'll have your own room now!" But, as it turns out, I ended up spending every weekend and summer at their house, which made us closer. I got to help take care of David and then Brian when he came along. When Brian was learning to talk, he couldn't say Dad or Shari Lynn, so those were Na for Dad and I was Wynn. So, for the longest time we called each other that. I baby sat when I was old enough while Darlene and Jerry worked on the weekends at the "R" House which eventually became the Magic Mushroom.Jerry tended bar and my sister was the bouncer! Can you believe that? My brother was the D.J. Jerry and I did "The Bump" in the living room during the disco era. We celebrated a Steeler Super Bowl victory at a rally at The Point in the freezing cold. I will never forget the way Jerry said "FIRST (pause)DOOOOWWN" when watching footall. I remember driving to Keystone State Park for swimming and a picnic with Dar, Jer, David and Brian. My mom, dad and brother and BTO's Let It Roll was on the radio. Jerry tooted the car horn to the music as WE rolled down the highway! Going to the drive in to see The Sting. I remember Mrs. Kiimmel wo lived in the buildig parallel to Dar and Jer's playing the theme "The Entertainer" on the piano all the time.
We went line dancing and two stepping. Practicing the steps in my mom and dads dining room! And the fun we had at Two Step South! The best and most recent memory was the scheme that Jerry, Dean and I pulled over on Darlene when Dean and I flew down and surprised her for Christmas of '05! A plan that had been in the works since March of that year! The phone calls between Jerry and I making all the plans and arrangements! Everyone was so surprised that Jerry was able to keep THAT secret for so long! But he pulled it off and for that, I will be forever grateful.

Now, I hope that you are making laugh all those that have gone on before us. I will miss you greatly, Na. Love, Wynn
Shari Rump
May 16, 2007
My memories of Jerry are all positive. He was kind, considerate and supportive as a classmate and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with both the family and friends. Proverbs 3: 5 & 6 – God Bless and Keep You,

Lou Slautterback, Baldwin High School Class of 1963
Lou Slautterback
May 14, 2007
Always havin' fun!
May 14, 2007
A picture of love!
May 14, 2007
Flyin High!
May 14, 2007
Jerry, hanging out...
May 14, 2007
Jerry with two of his biggest fans!
May 14, 2007
In Iraq, at the palace
May 5, 2007
I only worked with Gerald for a couple of weeks before he left Kuwait for Iraq. My life was graced by knowing him.

Gerald was one of only a handful of people that has earned my deepest respect!!

May God bless his family and loved ones.
Donald Haynes
May 4, 2007
I couldn't be there at the service in person, but my prayers are with you now, during the time of the service.
Larry Carmalt
May God keep Jerry safe in his arms.
Lawrence (Larry) Carmalt
May 4, 2007
The Henderson Family,

Although I only had the pleasure of knowing/working with Gerald for the past two weeks here in Baghdad, my memories of him will last a lifetime. We shared an office and our desks faced each others. I felt that he took me under his wing and "showed me the ropes" here. Whether it was explaining certain procedures for the job or where I could get the best soft serve ice cream. To me that meant so much. Knowing that I was in an unfamiliar environment and taking time to guide me, made me feel at ease. His kindness to me and everyone he came in contact with, was greatly appreciated and will not soon be forgotten. I felt an immediate connection with Gerald, being that I too spent time in the US Air Force and that we both related to government contracting. I will never forget his "happy go lucky" attitude nor will I forget his smiling face as he sat across from me at his desk with his headphones on, jamming to his symphonic tunes. Gerald will be missed immensely.
Frank Fernandez
May 4, 2007
There are never the right words to express the sadness we feel for our loss. Gerald has left behind memories that will live forever in our hearts. As a member of the Close Out Team, I didn’t have the privilege to encounter this wonderful man. Stories of him from comrades envisioned me that Gerald was a “Bundle of Joy”.
Rodrick Anderson
May 3, 2007
Cleo Butcher
May 3, 2007
Gerald was a colleague and a friend. His sense of humor help get through the long work days. He'll be greatly missed by his co-workers. My prayers will be with his family.
John Gaus
May 3, 2007
DARLENE & FAMILY, MY HEARTFELT SORROW OF JERRY'S SUDDEN PASSING, WE HAD FINALLY RECONNECTED AFTER MANY YEARS BECAUSE OF THE INTERNET,I HAD FIRST MET JERRY OR "DUTCH" AS HIS DAD RON WOULD CALL HIM IN THE EARLY 50'S WHEN I MOVED TO THE SOUTH HILLS ABOUT 50 YARDS AWAY FROM HIS HOUSE, I REMEMBER LITTLE LEAGUE BALL,HE WAS A BADGER AND I A TIGER,WE WOULD WALK TO BALDWIN H.S MANY TIMES, I REMEMBER HE PLAYED A GREAT TRUMPET AND WAS OUR STUDENT BAND LEADER,WE BOTH WENT INTO THE AIR FORCE OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, HE EXPERIENCED THE GREAT ALASKAN EARTHQUAKE IN MARCH OF 1964 AND WAS A DJ AT THE AIR FORCE BASE THERE,WE CORRESPONDED A BIT AND THERE LOST TOUCH,AFTER MY SERVICE TIME YOU MET DARLENE AT BILL WALSKO'S HOUSE AND DECIDED TO GET MARRIED,I WAS PROUD YOU ASKED ME TO BE AN USHER FOR YOU TWO, WAS HOPING TO GET TOGETHER ONCE YOU RETURNED FROM IRAQ, I AM VERY SAD IT WILL NOT BE MY FRIEND, YOU WERE ALWAYS A HAPPY CAREFREE PERSON WITH THAT CAT WHO ATE THE CANARY GRIN, AS A FELLOW VET I SALUTE YOU MY DEAR FRIEND, YOU CONTINUED TO GIVE OF YOURSELF TO THE END, I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS, GODSPEED MY FRIEND,UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN ON THE OTHER SIDE. MY LOVE AND PRAYERS TO DARLENE AND FAMILY, LET ME KNOW IF I CAN BE OF ANY SERVICE TO YOU. JERRY'S FRIEND IN BROTHERHOOD, ED TECH
ED TECH JR
May 3, 2007
I want to express my deepest sympathy to Jerry's wife, children, and grandchildren. I knew Jerry from the age of about 7 until about 12
years old, but from what I have read in the postings in the guest book, the e-mails from his wife Darlene, and Butch Tech,and from the kid I knew when I was younger, he was always a good guy, and always a lot of fun to be with.
I remember playing ball, and learning how to catch from Jerry's father, and Bruces Cook's dad, or riding bikes with Jerry and Bruce. Those bike rides usually were long, bike hikes, down through Streets Run Road and up into Carrick and then retuning home. They were all day jaunts. Those were the days I remember the most when think back to those days. I know he will always be remembered by anyone who knew him.
I only wish I lived closer to Arkansas so I could be in attendance at his service, but tomorrow my thoughts will be there.
Sincerely
Lawrence (Larry) Carmalt Sr.
57911 Deep Run Road
Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935
740-859-7023
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Lawrence (Larry) Carmalt
May 3, 2007
Henderson family & friends,

What I will always remember about Gerald is his deep seeded love for family & humanity! He loved his life and those in it. He was so proud of his family and his children; his eyes would light up when he spoke of them, which was often. Yet as much as Gerald loved his family he loved life. Every day Gerald spent time with anyone willing to learn from him. It didn’t matter if you were an American or Iraqi; Gerald would sit down and break bread with you. He shared life stories and his wisdom and never stood in judgment. He thrived on living, sharing, learning and for that he made these past months that much easier for so many of us. He brought a sense of calm to those who were shaken by the constant booms within the IZ by making those sounds that only he could get away with.

My heart has grown that much more sadden knowing that Gerald is not here with us nor had the opportunity to take that first R&R to Scotland. Yet I know that he has touched so many lives and his spirit is still with us. So it was my pleasure and blessing to have met and shared time with a man that was so wise, kind, and genuine. He is and will always be missed by me.
Deborah Malboeuf
May 3, 2007
I meet Gerald in Houston in December 2006 and we spoke a few brief times, in those brief conversations he always mentioned his wife and how this opportunity in his life was the best one to make, because this was going to allow him to travel to great places with his wife of so many years and they both deserved this life. He never forgot to mention his children that he loved and was proud of having them as his children. When I think of him I can see him clearly smiling and doing his dance. I have asked Gerald to watch over us and protect us when we need it the most, he will be one of the Angels that I will call on.
Amanda L. Gonzalez
May 3, 2007
I first met Gerald when he landed in Kuwait on Christmas Day and came to the office to check in. He was full of smiles, which I came to know as his norm, he and I became instant friends. Believe it or not it was cold in Kuwait and someone had stolden his jacket in the airport. We scurried around and David Webb had a extra jacket and gave it to Gerald until Darlene could get another to him. He was such a wonderful person to everyone he met. I had lost my husband and older brother several years before and Gerald became my new other brother. We e-mailed everyday just to check on each other and see how our days were going. I left Kuwait and came to Baghdad and not long after that Gerald came up to USMI. He was excited about being in Iraq. He felt that he was supporting this war for the right to freedom for the Iraqi people. He was a wonderful friend and by knowing him and having his joking side alway an e-mail away, I felt that a part of my brother Warren was back with me. He will be truly miss by me and always have a special place in my heart. I feel honored by having known him.
Linda Varnell
May 3, 2007
Dear Brian, I was very sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please accept my most sincere condolences as you and your family struggle with this time. I lost my mother in October while overseas with KBR, and it was super-tough, but what really has proven helpful is remembering all of the good things of her life.
Take care, and God bless.
Christopher Caldwell
May 3, 2007
My Dad was a great man - husband, father, grandfather, friend. Not wealthy or famous or powerful. He was great because he learned from the mistakes he made in life. So many times, he could have led himself (and us) down a much different road, but instead, he found his way to keeping things together. That was not always easy for him (or us), and there was a lot of teeth-grinding involved. But, he did it. He sacrificed a lot of things, even when he didn't agree with the sacrifice. In his own way, he showed us love the way he knew how. Once he went to Iraq, he changed... My Dad became the man he had always wanted to be - finding ways to show us his love and affection for us that he never had known before. We love you and miss you. --David
David Henderson
May 3, 2007
My name is Dennis Stanford. I was with Gerald in Kuwait before he went up to Iraq. I always asked how a guy from PA could wind up in Arkansas. I think the words "cold weather and snow" came up in the conversation. I didn't realize that he was in the Air Force during Vietnam. So was I. I didn't know him long, but I enjoyed his company very much. We used to do our coffee breaks at Habibi's. It was run by an Egyptian. Please accept my sincerest sympathies for his family.

Dennis Stanford (Currently in Dubai)
Dennis Stanford
May 3, 2007
Darlene, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Just seems like yesterday that Jerry signed this book when John Dithrich passed away, I guess all of the 1963 Baldwin High Class is getting older.Jerry's good work in Iraq will remain as a testament to his goodness. Again our deepest sympthies.
Linda & Larry Lehner
Linda & Larry Lehner
May 3, 2007
My father was a loving man thats time spent on this earth was cut short. He will be missed by all. We love you Dad. He loved life and never met a stranger. The Steelers have lost a great fan. He was extremely loved by many.
Brian Henderson
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