After living a blessed and faith filled life of service to God, his family, friends, fellowman, country and community, Kenneth Ray Henson died March 7, 2014, at the age of 77 in his Weatherford home.
A memorial service celebrating his life is 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at First Baptist Church of Weatherford, 306 Palo Pinto St., Weatherford.
Kenneth left this life as he lived it, with dignity and grace surrounded by the presence and love of his family and friends. Kenneth, the son of William and Carrie Henson, of Winnsboro, was born Jan. 14, 1937.
Kenneth willingly and honorably served his country in the United States Army as part of the 21 Gun Salute at Washington, D.C.’s, Arlington Cemetery.
Having always been “Proud to be an American,” serving in this role was one of his proudest moments. Another proud moment was the completion of his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. Still more proud moments came on many occasions through his service as a longtime respected member of the Shriner’s Organization and Boyd Lodge No. 479. He was a 3rd degree Master Mason.
On Aug. 1, 1958, Kenneth married his best friend and the love of his life for the next 56 years, Dixie Yvonne Haun, daughter of Arlis and Johnny Ruth Pennington Haun, of Rhome. Their marriage was the beginning of his service as a loving, devoted husband to Dixie and father to their son, Danny, and wife Kalynne. He was known as Poppy to grandsons Kale and Keaton and Kale’s wife, Marissa, who he adored.
Kenneth taught the highest qualities of family values; love, devotion, and respect to name a few. His inspiration and guidance will be passed down from generation to generation.
Kenneth’s next line of service was to the people of his state with the Texas Department of Public Safety, where he devoted 30 years, retiring as a captain with many distinguished recognitions and honors in 1993. As he had always done, he served and led by example, always putting others first and creating sincere and lasting friendships with his fellow officers, who became brothers and extended family members that will continue for many decades.