William Henderson


William Wayne Henderson, 83, of Diamond Springs, Calif., died May 26, 2000. He was born March 22, 1917, to William Jasper and Alta Clark Henderson in Panguitch, Utah. He was raised in Cannonville and graduated from Tropic High School in Utah.

He joined the Navy in 1942 during World War II, serving as plane captain in the Air Corps with distinction, earning five medals.

He served in the CCC during the Depression. He studied at the National School of Diesel Engineering and at the Navy School of Aviation Engineering in California.

He married Elsie Robb Miller on Nov. 29, 1949, in Glendale, Calif. He was employed at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation and then at the U.S. Postal Service in Glendale, winning the Superior Accomplishment Award. He retired in 1970.

Mr. Henderson and his wife had a doll shop and museum and Bill's Rock Shop in Big Bear Lake, Calif. Bill dealt in lapidary arts, creating fine jewelry and accessories. They moved to Payson in 1994, where they opened a doll museum. They moved back to California in January 2000.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie, of Diamond Springs, Calif.; one daughter, Marilyn Schmidt of Diamond Springs, Calif.; one grandson, Craig Schmidt and his wife, Sara, of Cameron Park, Calif.; three brothers, Curtis Henderson of Glenwood, Utah, J. Boyd and his wife, Maggie Henderson, of Washington, Utah, and Donald and his wife, Elaine Henderson, of St. George, Utah; four sisters, Nelda Willis of Glenwood, Utah; Maggie Henderson of Washington, Utah, Rhoda Shafer of Henrieville, Utah, and Gretha and her husband, Desmond Twitchell, of Cannonville, Utah.

Services were held May 29 at Lake Oaks, Diamond Springs, Utah.

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