Harry Powell Hendersen, of Groveland, passed away in Sonora on Oct. 23, 2017. He was 87 years old.
Harry was born in Los Angeles, California, on June 20, 1930, to Paul Walter and Mary Evelyn Hendersen. He graduated from Washington High School with an interest in draftsmanship, which he pursued until enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1950 at the beginning of the Korean War. In the Air Force, he learned to repair electronic equipment and became an avionics and radio repairman.
After his discharge from the Air Force in 1954, Harry transitioned from TV and radio repair to electronic organ repair, along with piano repair and tuning, serving the greater Los Angeles area. His time in the Air Force sparked an interest in flying and, in 1967, Harry acquired his private pilot’s license. The completion of the Pine Mountain Lake Airport lured him to Groveland in the early 1970s where he moved his family full time in 1973.
Harry continued his piano and organ service in all areas of Mariposa, Tuolumne, Calaveras and Stanislaus counties for nearly 45 years. His preferred path of travel to Sonora was a windy, single lane road, which he drove on a daily basis until shortly before his passing, earning him the nickname, “Wards Ferry Harry.” He enjoyed volunteering with little league, 4-H, the PTA and even traveled to Central America to repair musical instruments in schools and missions.
Harry loved people, politics, music, family, flying, telling jokes and cooking.
He was preceded in death by his son, Barry Hendersen.
Harry is survived by his sister, Marilyn Howard; daughter, Linda (Leonard) Brown; and son, Guy (Petra) Hendersen; grandchildren, Shawn Halstead, Kristy Reed, Tania Clark, Connie Rinehart, Barry Hendersen, Amelia Hendersen and Gabriel Hendersen; and great-grandchildren, Madison Reed, Evan Clark, Jenessa Rinehart, Dallas Rinehart, Trentin Hendersen, Breesen Hendersen and Andrew Halstead.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 2, 2017, at Oak Valley Presbyterian in Sonora.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Harry’s favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.