Paul D. Henderson

From the Spring Valley Tribune


"Paul D. Henderson, 64, formerly of SV
 
Paul Donald Henderson, a former resident of Spring Valley, died March 11,
2004, in Stillwater, Minn. He was born in Spring Valley on May 2, 1939. He
retired from the St. Paul Companies in 1999.
 
He is survived by his wife, Susan of Stillwater; brothers Charles (Beverly)
of Woodbury and James (Carol) of Minneapolis; brother-in-law Scott (Karen)
McKown of Mill Valley, Calif.; sisters-in-law Lucy (Charles) Nelson of
Minnetonka and Katherine "Tucky" Higgins of Turlock, Calif.; and nieces and
nephews.
 
Honorary pallbearers were Marion Gill, Perham, Minn.; Robert Jahns, Omaha,
Neb.; and Jerry Balbach, David Hadland, and Jerry Lentz, all of Spring
Valley.
 
A memorial service will be held at Faith United Methodist Church, Spring
Valley, on Monday, May 22. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to
Faith United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Spring Valley Cemetery".

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From Friends


Paul passed away at his home in Stillwater, Minn on Thursday, March 11th.  A memorial service is planned for May 22nd at the Methodist church in Spring Valley.
Paul was diagnosed with cancer in late May of 2003 and started the recommended treatment.  Unfortunantly, he suffered side effects that per his doctor may only show up in 1 out of 10,000 cases.  As a result, he ran out of options. 

We talked about many things and memories.  One thing was clear - he had accepted what lay ahead.  He felt the doctor had done the best he could and didn't blame him for the 1 out of 10,000 deal.  He made the phone calls to those he was asking to be honorary pallbearer but, I don't know who else out of the class.  It was very clear he had put just about all of his affairs in order.

Bob J

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My memories of Paul are primarily of our Junior and Senior years.  When we were Juniors and getting ready for the up-coming football season and Paul came out for football.  Being a little bit bigger than the average person he had a hard time doing all the laps and other hard sprints that are required for endurance.  Paul tried as hard as he could to keep up with all those that were faster than he and became discouraged and decided to leave the team.  When we became seniors Marion Gill and I talked Paul into coming out for football again, and we told him that if he couldn’t do all the laps and wind sprints to stick in there and do the best he could.  Paul became one of our best linemen that we had.  In practice one day a play was called where Paul was supposed to pull out and block one of the linebackers or ends that got in the way of the play.  When he pulled out he stepped on my toe and smashed my toenail, so every time I shower and wipe my feet my thoughts are of Paul, my nail has never been the same.

I liked Paul a lot and will surely miss him.

Roger Root

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... my remembrance of Paul.
 
I most remember Paul with our friendship, of him as the gentle and real person he was.  Our friendship is one I will carry with me the rest of my life.  I remember the long talks at night after games and different events.  We solve all the problems of the world and maybe some that did not exist,  There was the later falls when several of us would rake up the leaves from the yards around Charles' (Nelsons) and the Hellickson yard, then line them across the Hwy 63, from curb to curb, then watch as the cars would drive through them.  There were the times we would go out in the country and take down different signs, such as the signs for the river at bridges.  Then take and put them up at the city limit sign or in then mayor Chet Kalves yard. Of course all in fun.  But most of all I will remember his laugh of fullness.  THANK OLD FREIND.

AS I REMEMBER



REMEMBERING THE MISSING, THE ONES YOU WISHED TO HAVE

YET ONE MORE MEETING OF CONVERSATION. ONE TO GET  YOU

CAUGHT UP ON.  THAT ONE TO HAVE SAID THOSE WORDS THAT NOW ARE LOST IN TIME.

THERE WERE PASTS TO SEE IF YOU BOTH REMEMBERED THEM

THE SAME.  THEN THERE IS THE PAST THAT YOU DID NOT

SHARE, BUT STILL THERE IN COMMON ABSENTS. 


HOW THE PASTS BLEND INTO THE TODAYS AND THE TODAYS

LEADS TO THE IF MAYBE PLANS OF THE FUTURE.

 THERE IS NOW AN ABSENTS IN WHAT WAS AND WHAT MAY HAVE BEEN.

NOW, OLD FRIEND, GO, SEEK A FIND OF NEW, BUT HOLD OUR

TIME TOGETHER FOR ME TO REMEMBER.  FOR IT IS I WHO WILL

LOOK TO YOU AS A SPIRIT GUIDE.

YES, REAL ARE MY MEMORIES.

Richard (Tiger) Persons




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