Joseph Henderson

Joseph Henderson

STERLING – Joseph David Henderson, 85, of Sterling, Illinois passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at CGH Medical Center of septic pneumonia.

Joe was born in Ridge Farm, IL on August 4, 1931 to Ted Henderson and Susie Mae (Satterlee) Henderson. The family farmhand "Old Mose" Laurence was an early influence. While attending Ridge Farm High School, Joe was involved in sports (including playing football in a cow pasture) and played trombone in the band. At the University of Illinois he received a BS in Agriculture and a Master's in Agricultural Economics. Joe was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served as a First Lieutenant in the Army.

Joe was a banker for 40 years, starting as a farm manager for Millikin Trust of Decatur and First National Bank of Dwight, IL. Next, he was a Vice-President at Continental Bank in Chicago (where he was also a lecturer with Dale Carnegie), then United Missouri Bank, Kansas City. While in Kansas he established Henderson Hills, a cattle "seed stock" ranch. He was President of United Missouri Bank in St. Catherine, MO, President of Crawford County State Bank in Robinson, IL, and for 20 years President / Chairman / CEO of First National Bank of Sterling, now US Bank.

Joe served his community through his extensive volunteer work with CGH Health Foundation, Sterling Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Community Charitable Trust, Greater Sterling Development Corporation Board, Unit 5 School Board, Masonic Consistory and Shriners, First Presbyterian Church Session, as well as numerous other local and national charitable fundraising organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Annette Gertrude (Gulder) Henderson. They married on August 3, 1957 in Northbrook, IL. Their children include Susan Tracy McDaniel married to Robin Jerry McDaniel, North Barrington, IL; Carol Lynn Christensen married to Brian Christensen, Sheboygan, WI; and Joseph David Henderson, Jr., married to Barbara (Ross) Henderson, Gig Harbor, WA. Joe and Ann have eight grandchildren: James Tracy married to Alicia (Kernica) Tracy, Emily Tracy, Madeline Tracy, Megan Christensen, Gavin Henderson, Nicholas Christensen, Reed Tracy, and Isabella McDaniel.

Joe is also survived by his brother William Henderson married to Kathie (Luther) Henderson of Urbana, IL.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Cheryl Lynn Henderson.

The Hendersons are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Sterling, however due to renovations the memorial service will be held at First Congregational Church, 311 Second Avenue, Sterling IL 61081 on Saturday, February 25 with visitation at 10:00 and service at 11:00 followed by refreshments.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to First Presbyterian Church of Sterling, CGH Foundation, or the charity of your choice.

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