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1947 - 2010 Obituary Condolences

Jerry Lee Henderson lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday, September 5, 2010.

Jerry was born in Lodi, CA on May 11, 1947 to Robert and Edna Henderson. He grew up in Covelo, CA and graduated a football star from Round Valley High School in 1965. He immediately enlisted in the Army and served our country proudly in Korea and Vietnam, and was honorably discharged in 1968. He moved to Chico, CA in 1969 to be with his loved, Marianne Clough. They married in October 1970, and welcomed their beautiful daughter, Leanne the following summer. Their son, Nick was born December 1972, and their family was complete. Jerry began a career at UPS in 1975, and retired in June 2000.

In addition to football, Jerry enjoyed bull riding, perusing local yard sales, and spending time with his family. His humor was often a welcome distraction, and his character and charisma second to none. He was generous to a fault at times, and as loyal as they come.

Jerry is survived by his devoted wife, Marianne of Chico; sisters, Claire Hurt and Betty Goforth of Covelo; loving children, Leanne and her partner, Patrick Mackall, Nick and his wife, Rebecca. Jerry was the proudest "Papa Wheelie" to Maxwell Burleigh, Spencer Mackall, Jett and Luke Henderson, all of Chico.

A day of remembrance will be held throughout the day of Saturday, September 18, 2010 beginning at 11:00 a.m. For location and additional information you may contact (530) 521-2724.

Arrangements will be held by Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. You may share your thoughts and memories of Jerry online at nbcfh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Sept. 9, 2010
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