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William Gabriel Henderson
William Gabriel Henderson (“Bill”) passed away at home on Jan. 28 after a long battle with cancer. Bill had lived in Eagle River for 12 years.
He is survived by his wife, Janon Furlong, of Eagle River, and five children, Jack (Patti Kowalczyk) Henderson, Tonya (Roger) Hughes, Jennifer Henderson (Jason Kezios), all of the Chicago area, and by Scott (Whitney) Zordan of Sandy, Utah, and Jill (Eddie) Moulds, of Evanston, Ill., and by eight grandchildren: Charlie Kirk; Gabrielle, Nick and Mason Kezios; Amelia and Killian Moulds; and Althea and Maeve Zordan. He is also survived by his former wife, Shirley Henderson, of Chicago.
Bill loved boating and served in the Navy Reserves when he was young. He took many cruises and owned many boats over the years. He was a typesetter by trade and worked for The Detroit News before moving to Chicago in the 1960s. There he worked at Birch and Cooper and Black Dot Typesetting. He founded The Henderson Company in Chicago in 1985.
Bill was Cancer Survivor of the Year at 2018’s Eagle River Relay for Life. He had fought cancer for 16 years by that time and endured many operations and treatments for relapses.
Bill was born Aug. 10, 1935, in Detroit, to William and Helen Henderson. Both his parents were professional musicians. Perhaps this is why Bill so loved music. While in Chicago, he played with many professional musicians at various clubs. He further pursued this love through singing in The Chorus of the Keys in Sarasota, Fla., and through hosting “Your Favorites” on WXPR for several years. At the time of his death he was working on a show for Open Turntable on WXPR. Although he loved all music, he particularly loved jazz and swing. George Gershwin was his favorite composer.
Bill was a good man who tried to help his neighbors. He was active in Caritas, an outreach program in Sarasota, and helped to launch Caritas of Minocqua at St. Matthias Church several years ago. When Saint Francis Church opened in Eagle River as a mission of St. Matthias, he and his wife launched Caritas of Eagle River, an interdenominational outreach, sponsored by The Vacationland Ministerial Association. At Caritas, he was able to meet many wonderful people, (both other volunteers and clients) and give assistance to many friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 120 North Silver Lake Road, Eagle River, on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be immediately before the service at 9 a.m., at the church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Caritas of Eagle River, P.O. Box 1625, Eagle River, WI 54521 or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com.