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Gerald "Jerry" James Henderson
(May 25, 1937 - December 15, 2013)

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Gerald

Visitation: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 5:00 to 8:00 PM Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories Waterloo, Iowa

Funeral: Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:30 AM Katharine G. Pahl Memorial Chapel Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery

Burial: Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery

Gerald “Jerry” James Henderson, 76, of Waterloo, died at home on Sunday, December 15, 2013, due to complications of congestive heart failure and respiratory failure. He was born on May 25, 1937, in Charles City, the son of Orrin and Dorothy Henderson. He married Nancy Knipp on April 15, 1961, in Waterloo. Jerry served in the Navy from 1956 to 1960 on the USS Shangri La, CVA 38. He worked for Takin Brothers Transfer and Storage and Burch & Lehman Moving Company. He also worked at John Deeres for 33 years, retiring in 1993. In his early years, Jerry was active in the community by volunteering at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and the Salvation Army kitchen. He drove the Sunday school bus for several years at Sunnyside Temple, now the Cedar Valley Community Church. Jerry was very active with the UAW Local 838, where he held several positions on the Executive Board, Election Committee, Safety Committee and the Recreation Committee. He was also in charge of the Strike Kitchen, promoting the Union and an avid Green Bay Packer fan. Jerry’s greatest joy was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Jerry is survived by his wife; three daughters, Kristy (Ken) Ruddy of Waterloo, Deborah Smock (fiancé, Bill Spears) of Cedar Falls, and Lynnette Henderson (significant other, Lawrence Burgs) of Des Moines; a son, Mark Henderson of Waterloo; four grandchildren, Megan, Makenzie, Brody and Shelby; three great grandchildren, Stephanie, Tommy and Carter; two brothers, Don (Rita) Henderson of Waterloo and Bob Henderson of Greeley, Colorado; and his protector, “Kitty.”

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