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John Henderson

September 05, 2017

Memorial Service - Saturday

September 09, 2017
- 2:00 PM with a visitation one hour prior

Boulger Funeral Home


Boulger Funeral Home

John Henderson

September 05, 2017


John Howard Henderson, 55, died on September 5, 2017 in Fargo, North Dakota after a long battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 9, at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

John was born on August 9, 1962 in Covina, California to Howard and Catherine Henderson. He grew up Bismarck, ND and graduated from Century High School. He graduated college from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in special education in 1985. John spent his career working in mental health services helping individuals with developmental disabilities. Since 2006 he worked at Habilitative Services Inc. in Moorhead, Minnesota.

John was a baseball fan, record lover, collector of comic books and sports memorabilia and a devoted friend and brother. Throughout his long battle with cancer he remained dedicated in his work and in his will to continue living his life to the fullest. He was a brave, iron-willed and always optimistic person, even through his final days.

John is survived by his sisters Helen (Lowell) Tiede, Redmond, WA; Nancy (Ernest) Fyre, Portland, ND; Mary (Frank) Litaker, Minneapolis, MN; and Barbara (Joseph) Ziebert, Milwaukee, WI; his brother-in-law John (Leah) Clemedtsen, Horace, ND; his best friend Paul (Ruth) Kohler, and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his father Howard in 1988, his sister Margaret Clemedtsen in 2006, and his mother Catherine in 2014.

The family would especially like to thank the staffs of Roger Maris Cancer Center and Bethany Retirement Living on 42nd Street for their excellent, attentive treatment and care.


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11 responses to “John Henderson”

  1. LaVerne Czichotzki says:

    I remember John when he worked for Connections in Moorhead many years ago ….. my thoughts and prayers are with all his family at this difficult time.

  2. Joel Bartholomay says:

    John was a great and loyal friend of mine for 25 years. My sympathies to John’s family. May he rest in peace.

  3. Karen Moore says:

    I worked with John at Friendship many years ago. There are many great memories of the fun that we had with the clients on outings and at the PDC. Loved his quirky sense of humor and laugh. Thoughts and prayers to John’s family during this difficult time……..

  4. PBoyer says:

    Thought and prayers to John’s family–good college memories from MSUM East Snarr 1981-82.🙏🏻

  5. Nicole Names says:

    Remembering John and his kind heart… A truly genuine and kind person. Wishing family and friends peace and comfort .

  6. Margaret Williams says:

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I enjoyed working with him and appreciated his dedication to his work and dry sense of humor. We had a good team of people at that time working for Clay County STS, with John being an integral part. My condolences to his family.

  7. Carey Fry says:

    Rest in Peace John. You left a good foot print on this earth, and you will be missed. The world would be a better place with more people like you.

  8. Tom O'Connor says:

    Rest in peace John. You were the kindest hearted person I ever knew.

  9. Jay River says:

    Our sincerest condolences to you and your family. We wanted to share a scripture that bought us comfort when we our brother and father both died. It’s found at Revelation chapter 21: 3,4 it reads,”With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Please know that others care and we pray that God may grant you strength in the days ahead.


  10. Mike Snyder says:

    In this age of instant news and updates — I was so saddened to learn that I missed this news of Johns’ passing. We were room-mates in college – and I was just tracking him down on Facebook to connect next time I came through the FM area. John was a good friend. He will be missed!!

  11. Todd Anderson says:

    I looked at a calendar yesterday and noticed the date: Feb 25th. “I think it’s George Harrison’s birthday today.” It was out of the blue, since I don’t keep track of Beatles trivia, and I don’t note his birthday every year. I was about .01% sure, just a faint inkling. I said it out loud. I could hear one of the assistants clicking away, looking it up. “Yes! It’s today.” Why the anecdote? The memory was there because I spent 4 years with John at Moorhead State, and we commiserated about such things back in the day. It was still in there, locked away without me even thinking about it. So I had to email John this morning, and tell him I’d been thinking about him. Tell him the George Harrison story. No response. Google brought me here today after work. John and I spent a lot of time together at Moorhead State, and I weep at his passing, because I lost touch with my loyal friend, and I miss him and I feel terrible. What a true heart and great blessing he was to me, and to everyone in his world. Grace and humility and love and warmth and everything I wish I was. Thank you John.

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