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Emil Elmo Henderson, 83, died Tuesday, May 16, 1995 at Layton.

He was born at Osmond, near Afton, Wyoming September 7, 1911 to Joseph H. and Annie E. Neilson Henderson. In 1926 the family moved to Kemmerer, Wyoming and in 1928 to Ogden, Utah. He attended Kemmerer, Weber and Ogden high schools and was a graduate of Weber State College. Further study was accomplished at the University of Utah and Utah State University.He was married to June McGregor September 10, 1930 at Farmington, Utah. This marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She died November 30, 1954.

On December 23, 1955, he married Torma Andrus Walker in Bountiful, Utah; and later this marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

In 1942, he accepted a position in services to the Armed Forces with the American National Red Cross. He spent ten years as Field Director and Field Supervisor in that service. In 1952, he was appointed Manager of the Salt Lake Area Chapter and the Intermountain Red Cross Blood Center. On July 1, 1972, he was appointed Division Manager of the Golden Spike Division of the Red Cross which included all of Utah, Eastern Nevada, Eastern Idaho and Western Wyoming.

After 35 total years of volunteer and professional Red Cross service, he retired October 1, 1975 and was extended many honors by the National Red Cross, the Salt Lake Chapter Board, Volunteers and Staff, civic leaders and the Executives of other community agencies. By special action of the Board of Directors, a bronze plaque was placed in the foyer of the Red Cross building stating as follows: "In grateful appreciation of 35 years of efficient, warm-hearted service to the American Red Cross and to the community, the Board of Directors of the Salt Lake Area Chapter herewith designates this building as the Emil Henderson Red Cross Center." Including Volunteer Red Cross First Aid instructor service prior to 1942, total career and volunteer service at this date, January 13, 1982 is 41 years.

He was a registered social worker with the State of California Dept. of Professional and Vocational Standards, and a member of the Utah Conference of Social Work. Member of the Utah Health Foundation Board and the Board of Trustees, Utah Chapter National Hemophilia Foundation and was elected to consecutive terms totaling nine years to the National Board of Trustees of the National Hemophilia Foundation headquartered in New York City. Member Board of Directors, Community Services Council and served two terms as Chairman of Utah Transient Services Committee. He had served as a member of the Governor's sub-committee on the Aging and the Governor's Flood Committee, under the Utah State Water and Power Board. He was a member of the Weber State College Century Club and the Ambassador Athletic Club.

He was active in the LDS Church, having served as superintendent of MIA in Ogden and Salina, Utah, and as Sunday School Superintendent in the Layton 7th and 11th wards, as well as High Priest Discussion leader in the 11th Ward. He served two years as chairman of the Layton Stake Music Committee.

He is survived by his wife of Layton; four daughters, Kay (Reed) Flint, Layton; Ann (Larry) Courtney Thurman, Carmel Valley, Calif.; Joan (Jim) Blevins, South Ogden; Renon (Vaughn) Bodily, North Ogden; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Eve Hennefer of Roy, Utah.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Lona Henderson, June H. Naylor; two brothers and two sisters, one grandson, Kyle Courtney.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, May 20, at Layton Utah Stake Center, 60 West Gordon Ave. Friends may call Friday, 6-8 p.m. at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1074 North Fairfield Road, and at the stake center Saturday 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services.

Interment, Aultorest Memorial Park in Ogden.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to the American Red Cross.

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