Obit: Jack Henderson


Jack Wayne Henderson, 92, of Durant died Saturday, July 4, 2020 at Wilton Retirement Community. Visitation was held July 7 at Bentley Funeral Home in Durant. Family services will be held. Burial will take place in Durant Cemetery with military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, Stead Family Children’s Hospital or the Wilton Retirement Community. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Jack was born in Eldon on Jan. 1, 1928 to Jackson and Edith (Baayen) Henderson. He graduated from Eldon High School in 1945 and attended Parson’s College in Fairfield.

He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and Korea.

Jack married Margaret I. Foster on May 4, 1952 in Sac City, Iowa. He retired from GTE after 40 years of service.

He was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Wilton, Wilton Masonic Lodge #167 AF & AM, Durant American Legion Post #430, the former Durant Lions Club and Mended Hearts.

He served as mayor of Durant for eight years and on city council for many years. He was a founding member of the Durant-Wilton Food Pantry and a board member of Simpson Memorial Home.

He enjoyed woodworking, working in his yard, and was an avid sports fan, especially of the St. Louis Cardinals, Hawkeyes and Bears.

Jack is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Margaret; and their children, Cynthia Torrance of Des Moines, Steven (Sue) Henderson of Durant, Janelle (Kevin) Theis of Waverly and Cheryl (Robert) Beatty of Winthrop; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Madelyn Israel.

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