Lehman Edwin Henderson 08-1990 Submitted by: Tim Dotterer
The funeral for Lehman Edwin Henderson, 79, who died Sunday at Cherokee Manor after a long illness, was at 2 PM Wednesday at the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mike Jared officiated. Burial was in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery directed by Fisher Funeral Home.
He was born October 10, 1910, on the family farm southwest of Cherokee. He graduated from Lambert High School and Northwestern State University, Alva, as well as having studied at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, and Highland University, Las Vegas, New Mexico. He retired from teaching in 1976.
The last 26 years of his teaching career were in Cherokee where he taught high school science, chemistry and physics. His earlier teaching years were in Malhaska, Kansas, Knowles, Gate and Byron. He also worked at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas.
He married Vivian Johnston in Alva. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on June 7, 1985.
He was a member of the Methodist Church, National and Oklahoma Education Association, was selected as Rotary Teacher of the Year and Alfalfa County Teacher of the Year. The Cherokee senior class of 1976 dedicated its yearbook to him on his retirement.
Surviving are his wife; two sons, Lee of Bayside, California, and Larry of Alamosa, Colorado; one daughter, Ruthanne Reitz of Oklahoma City and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the church or to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
Vivian Johnston Henderson 01-1994 Submitted by: Tim Dotterer
The funeral for Vivian Johnston Henderson, 79, was at 2 PM Tuesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ron Weathers officiating. Burial was in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery, directed by Fisher Funeral Home. She died January 7, 1994, in Oklahoma City.
She was born February 27, 1914, in Billings, Montana, to Marion and Alice Botts Johnston. She grew up in Wellington, Kansas, and had lived in Cherokee for the last 40 years. She had also lived in Byron, Gate and Mahaska, Kansas. She was a graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University and taught one year in Amorita. She married Lehman E. Henderson on June 7, 1935, in Alva. He died August 19, 1990. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and Alfalfa Progressive Extension Homemakers.
She is survived by two sons, Dr. Lee E. Henderson of Arcata, California, and Larry C. Henderson of Alamosa, Colorado; a daughter, Ruthanne Reitz of Edmond; two sisters, Lucille Worthen and Billie Maxwell, both of Wellington, Kansas, and seven grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be made to the church or to the American Cancer Society.
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