2013-06-13 / Obituaries

Wilbur C. Henderson Jr. Folcroft, Pa., 89

Wilbur C. Henderson, Jr., 89, a longtime resident of Folcroft, Pa., died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Plush Mill Senior Living.

He proudly served in the U. S. Army during World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge as a distinguished member of the 82nd Airborne Division, 508th Parachute Infantry. He was retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a lieutenant colonel.

He graduated from Drexel University in 1947 and has been recognized as one of Drexel’s Most Outstanding 100 Graduates. He has served on various committees and received numerous honors and awards from the university and is currently recognized as a Board of Trustees Emeritus.

He was the founder, chairman president and CEO of the Henderson Group Inc.

He received the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 where he served many years, even as the chairman of the chamber.

He served on the Planning Commission for the borough of Folcroft, former member of the Board of Trustees of the Florida Institute of Technology, former member of the Delaware County Government Study Commission and member of the Greater Philadelphia First Corporation.

He has been an active member of the Folcroft Union Church since 1950 where he served in various leadership roles including years of service as the senior deacon. He was also instrumental in the planning and implementation of several church building projects.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Betty Lea Washabaugh Henderson; a son, Steven, and the late David Henderson Sr.; a sister-inlaw, Carolyn Frank; grandchildren: David and Christina Henderson; daughter-inlaw Helen (Steve) Buxton; brother-in-law, David Andrew Washabaugh; sister-in-law Joyce Barton Washa-baugh and caretaker Irene Myck.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 12, at 11 a.m., at Folcroft Union Church. Burial was private at Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. 455 Business Center Dr. #155, Horsham, PA 19044 or to Folcroft Union Church 500 Primos Ave., Folcorft, PA. 19032.

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