Obituary: Roy Tom Henderson

NEWTON—Roy T. (Tom) Henderson went home to be with his Lord Jesus on Nov. 4, 2021. It was a good trip, but it’s always good to “Come Home”.

He was born Oct. 29, 1932.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Gaines and Alice Henderson, 13 brothers and sisters, his wife of 46 years and mother of his children Norma Henderson, son Daniel Henderson, and wife Annette Henderson.

He is survived by his son Kevin (Diane) Henderson, daughter Lori (Rick) Rose, daughter-in-law Lois (Dan) Henderson, grandchildren Samantha Henderson, Victoria Rose, Thomas Rose, Kayla Thomas, Brandon Thomas, and Dana Cannady, two great-granddaughters, and numerous “velcroed” kids including John (Melissa) Sell, Dave (Debbie) Hoofer and a multitude of USAF Airmen over the decades that were always welcomed into Tom and Norma’s home.

Born in West Virginia, Tom entered the U.S. Air Force in 1950, serving honorably as a Medic/Radiologic Technologist in both the Korean War and Vietnam War, retiring in 1973 as a Tech Sargent.

He married the love of his life, Norma L. Albright on Feb. 5, 1955.

After his retirement from the United States Air Force, Tom worked as the Director of Radiology at Hertzler Clinic until 1986, as well as founding N. T. and H. Enterprises, Silver Recovery Service along with his wife Norma in 1979.

Over the years, he served as Committee Chairman for BSA Troop 363 at Clark AFB Philippines, and BSA Troop 125 Halstead Kansas, as a reserve Halstead police officer #216 and Harvey County Sheriff Deputy #916, as well as serving on the Halstead Ambulance Service from 1974 thru 1986. He and son Daniel Henderson were both in “The Class of One” for EMTs in Kansas.

He was a life member of the Kansas Society of Radiology Technologists and served doing joint reviews at various hospitals across America.

He was also an American Legion Member (Post 4) and thoroughly enjoyed advocating for and encouraging and assisting young men and women to attend the Kansas American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State programs, as well as the Kansas American Legion Cadet Law Academy.

He attended countless Boy Scout outings, Girl Scout outings, baseball games, football games, wrestling matches, basketball games, swim team matches, baton twirling competitions, band and music concerts, frequently volunteering or helping to provide needed supplies, transportation, and in the case of wrestling, hundreds of rolls of movie film of the various Halstead wrestling team matches during the first years of its existence.

He wasn’t “perfect,” but he always did his best to be the neighbor he’d want to have, and at times worked multiple jobs and worked hard to provide for the needs of his family.

He will be missed by family, friends and associates.

Friends may call Monday, Nov. 8 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. The family will be present 6:30-8 p.m.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, both at Kaufman Funeral Home Halstead with Pastor Richard Rehmert officiating

Interment will follow at Wichita Park Cemetery, 3424 E. 21st St. N., Wichita.

Memorials may be given to Kansas Honor Flights in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, 418 Chestnut, Halstead, KS 67056.

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