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
2004, in Stillwater, Minn. He was born in Spring Valley on May 2, 1939.
retired from the St. Paul Companies in 1999.
He is survived by his wife, Susan of Stillwater; brothers Charles
of Woodbury and James (Carol) of Minneapolis; brother-in-law Scott
McKown of Mill Valley, Calif.; sisters-in-law Lucy (Charles) Nelson of
Minnetonka and Katherine "Tucky" Higgins of Turlock, Calif.; and nieces
Honorary pallbearers were Marion Gill, Perham, Minn.; Robert Jahns,
Neb.; and Jerry Balbach, David Hadland, and Jerry Lentz, all of Spring
A memorial service will be held at Faith United Methodist Church,
Valley, on Monday, May 22. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred
Faith United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Spring Valley
Paul passed away at his home in Stillwater, Minn on Thursday, March
A memorial service is planned for May 22nd at the Methodist church in
Paul was diagnosed with cancer in late May of 2003 and started the
treatment. Unfortunantly, he suffered side effects that per his
may only show up in 1 out of 10,000 cases. As a result, he ran
We talked about many things and memories. One thing was clear -
had accepted what lay ahead. He felt the doctor had done the best
could and didn't blame him for the 1 out of 10,000 deal. He made
phone calls to those he was asking to be honorary pallbearer but, I
know who else out of the class. It was very clear he had put just
all of his affairs in order.
My memories of Paul are primarily of our Junior and Senior years.
we were Juniors and getting ready for the up-coming football season and
came out for football. Being a little bit bigger than the average
he had a hard time doing all the laps and other hard sprints that are
for endurance. Paul tried as hard as he could to keep up with all
that were faster than he and became discouraged and decided to leave
team. When we became seniors Marion Gill and I talked Paul into
out for football again, and we told him that if he couldn’t do all the
and wind sprints to stick in there and do the best he could. Paul
one of our best linemen that we had. In practice one day a play
called where Paul was supposed to pull out and block one of the
or ends that got in the way of the play. When he pulled out he
on my toe and smashed my toenail, so every time I shower and wipe my
my thoughts are of Paul, my nail has never been the same.
I liked Paul a lot and will surely miss him.
... my remembrance of Paul.
I most remember Paul with our friendship, of him as the gentle and real
he was. Our friendship is one I will carry with me the rest of my
I remember the long talks at night after games and different
We solve all the problems of the world and maybe some that did not
There was the later falls when several of us would rake up the leaves
the yards around Charles' (Nelsons) and the Hellickson yard, then line
across the Hwy 63, from curb to curb, then watch as the cars would
through them. There were the times we would go out in the country
take down different signs, such as the signs for the river at
Then take and put them up at the city limit sign or in then mayor Chet
yard. Of course all in fun. But most of all I will remember his
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
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