CORINNA – Byron Henderson Jr., 85, died June 18, 2013, at a Bangor hospital. He was born April 10, 1928, in Corinna, son of Byron and Josephine (West) Henderson Sr.
Byron, nicknamed “Tarzan,” attended schools in Pittsfield and Carmel and also at Corinna Union Academy. He worked on his father’s farm and at Eastland Woolen Mill, Corinna, before enlisting in the U.S. Army. There he served during World War II stationed at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds training in weapons and ordinance, and at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Fort Bragg, N.C. in the 142nd Heavy Maintenance Ordinance Division, 7th Army. After the war he drove oil and gas trucks for Clyde Smith in Exeter. He was known as a logger and general contractor, starting his own business in 1950 as Byron Henderson Jr. Construction Company. He was an excellent crane and backhoe operator. He did excavation work, including 10 senior citizens homes in Greenville, Monson, Guilford, Sangerville, Dexter, Vassalboro and Farmingdale. He was a life member of Pacific Lodge No. 64 Masons of Exeter, joining in 1951 and currently serving as the tyler. He served on the Corinna Planning Board and was chairman, 1977-1990. He also served on the Corinna Tax Review Board. He loved to hunt, fish and bowl, and especially enjoyed his camp on Moosehead Lake. He was an accomplished pilot with 2300 private hours and owned his own airplane. Byron retired in 1994 and spent time in Florida.
He is survived by two sisters, Anna May (Nelson) Collins of Denver and Marie J. McWilliams of New Kensington, Pa.; as well as several nieces, nephews and many friends, including Dale and Jeannette Easler of Dexter, who have cared for him these past several years. He was predeceased by his brother, Daniel W. Henderson; and half sister, Lela Johnston.
A graveside funeral and committal service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, June 21, in the family lot, at Morses Corner Cemetery, Corinna, with the Rev. Harold Wheeler officiating. The officers of Pacific Lodge will also conduct a Masonic service at that time. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna. Memorial donations may be made in care of dogs at Bangor Humane Society, 693B Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.