Christopher Henderson

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Christopher "Chris" Alan Henderson, 37, of Wasilla and a former resident of St. Paul and North Branch, Minn., died Dec. 25, 2008, at home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church, 440 E. Elmwood Ave. in Palmer, with viewing 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Burial will be afterward at Palmer Pioneer Cemetery. The Central Mat-Su Fire Department held a celebration of life Tuesday at the Mat-Su Resort.
He was born Jan. 15, 1971, in St. Paul, Minn., to David Alan Henderson and Joyce Marie Jensen. He graduated from North Branch High School in North Branch.
Chris served in the Army before moving in 1995 to Anchorage, where he remained until moving to Wasilla in 2002. He was an oil field operator working up on the North Slope. But his love was his involvement with Greater Prudhoe Bay Rescue, where he was a captain, and being an emergency medical technician volunteer firefighter with the Wasilla Fire Department, where he was a captain. Chris proudly served with stations 52 and 61 in Wasilla.
"Chris had many loves in his life, but his number one love was for his sons, Bailey and Joshua; all else paled in comparison," his family wrote. "He was a loving father and loved and adored those boys. They were followed by his love for firefighting, hunting, fishing and snowmachining. He became a firefighter because he liked to help people, and as a young child, his Grandpa Floyd would read him stories about Alaska which instilled a love for Alaska. Bailey and Joshua ... were known to say that 'Dad was fun,' and 'He was the 'bestest Dad ever.' "
Chris is survived by his sons, Bailey Alan Henderson and Joshua Alan Henderson; and former wife, Melissa Elma Henderson, all of Wasilla; mother, Joyce Marie Jensen (Christopher "Pops") of Minneapolis; father, David Alan Henderson (Lori) of Anchorage; sister, Angie May Perrin (Nate) of Stacy, Minn.; brothers, Mike Robert Wilcox (Katie) of Isanti, Minn., Jessie LeTourneau, Jeremy LeTourneau, Ryan Henderson and Michael Henderson, all of Anchorage; sister, Sarah Henderson of Anchorage; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by Grandpa Floyd Henderson Sr. and numerous aunts and uncles.
A Chris Henderson Children's Memorial Fund has been set up for Chris' sons, Bailey and Joshua, at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations may be made at a local branch.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Valley Funeral Home in Wasilla.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Dec. 31, 2008 to Jan. 1, 2009
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