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James Henderson

d. July 5, 2015

James Kenneth (Ken) Henderson 1919 2015 James Kenneth "Ken" Henderson, beloved husband, father, and grand-father, passed away peacefully with his family at home on Sunday, July 5, 2015. He was born in McKeesport in 1919, and attended Penn State University before joining the Army in 1942. He married his devoted wife, Lena "Faye" (Crain) in 1943, and they raised their family in Port Matilda and Greensburg. He was the Commander of Company A of the 179th Combat Engineering Battalion assigned to the Third Army in World War II where he participated in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, and 1945, in Belgium. During his service to our country, he received several Silver Star and Bronze Star medals. After the war, Ken worked briefly in the Civil Service before joining the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. He spent 30 successful years with Northwestern and retired in 1983, as their General Agent for this area. He was a dedicated, loving family man and he and Faye traveled hundreds of thousands of miles up and down the east coast over the last thirty years visiting their children, grandchildren and friends, splitting their time between Vero Beach, Fla. and Greensburg. Ken was a Civil War and World War II history buff, played tennis with Faye as his partner, into his late 80's, and played cards regularly all his life. Ken was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania as well as the Jaffa Shriners of Altoona. He was a lifetime member of the Port Matilda United Methodist Church and also supported the South Greensburg United Methodist Church. Ken is predeceased by his parents, James Jenkins Henderson and Letitia Krummel Henderson; his brother, Melvin Duane Henderson, Brigadier General USMC (Ret.); and sister, Vida Jean Brown. He is survived by Lena Faye (Crain), his cherished wife of 72 years; daughters, Letitia Louise Pardoe (Keith), Ruth Anne Snyder and Pamela Faye Timbie (Tom); and grandchildren, Kaitlyn Anne Watson (Danny), Sarah Katharine Snyder, James Kenneth Snyder, Kelsie Faye Timbie and Carolyn Anne Timbie. He will be greatly missed by all. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Ken, Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m., the time of services, in the Clement L. Pantalone Funeral Home, Inc., 409 W. Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, PA 15601, (724) 837-0020. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Cindy Dempsey, c/o Women of Integrity, 10933 Old Trail Rd., North Huntingdon, PA 15642. Ken's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home, Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.

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