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Harold W. ‘Red’ Henderson, 100, Portage

February 1, 2019

Harold W. “Red” Henderson, 100, of Portage, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, just 43 days short of his 101st birthday, at Columbia Health Care Center, Wyocena, where he had resided since Jan. 7.

He was born March 9, 1918, in the town of Fort Winnebago to George and Mildred (Fish) Henderson.

Harold left home as a teenager to join the Civilian Conservation Corps, working in the Necedah area. He enlisted in World War II in October 1940, serving in the South Pacific Theater, earning numerous medals and citations, reaching the rank of sergeant, while becoming a telephone and telegraph lineman specialist, and was honorably discharged in August 1945. He was a member of VFW Post 1707, Portage.

He married Dorothy Gage on June 29, 1946, in Portage. He worked primarily in the Madison area as a carpenter and could do just about any type of work that he was faced with. He loved to fish and caught many bluegills in area lakes with his fly rod. He also enjoyed pheasant hunting, trips out West, going to casinos and playing cards, euchre becoming one of his favorite games, last playing on his 99th birthday, and winning.

He is survived by two children, Jean (Scott) Oren and Susan (Larry) Goodman; daughter-in-law, Carol Henderson; son-in-law, Al Gilbertson; and a brother, Dayton (Duke) Henderson, all of Portage. He is further survived by six grandchildren, Stephanie Genrich, Angie (Donavan) Dittberner, Randi (Thad) Biech, Melissa Goodman, Stephen (Amanda) Henderson II and Lee Henderson (Tina Ladron); three great-grandchildren, August Dittberner (Joseph Walkowski), Stevie LaPointe (Ben Brimmer) and Mason Biech; and one great-great-grandchild expected June 2019.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and two children, Jane and Stephen; his brothers, Gordon and Merton; and a son-in-law, David Kotula.

The family would like to thank the staff on Evergreen Wing for their genuine and compassionate care in Red’s final days, along with Natalie, Kim and the great staff from Agrace.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Agrace Hospice or the charity of your choice are appreciated.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage, with the Rev. David Hankins presiding. Military honors will be provided by the Portage Area Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage, pmmfh.com, is assisting the family.

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