NO. 17361 • 17 September 1926 - 16 December 2014 17
Died in Houston, TX
LeRoy Walter Henderson was born in Augusta, ME. He was the son of Harry and Dorothy Henderson and the brother of Harry and Margaret. He graduated from Coney High School as the valedictorian of his class and spent two years at the University of Maine in Orono, where he played football and baseball while majoring in engineering. Roy entered West Point with the Class of 1950 by appointment from Representative (later Senator) Margaret Chase Smith. At West Point, he earned three stars in academics and was on the Brigade Staff. He was a member of the Choir, and he played a mean trumpet. Roy was sent to France as an ambassador of West Point.
At graduation, he married Nancy Day. Two months later they were stationed in Darmstadt, Germany, where they lived for three years with the 547th Engineering Battalion, which was busy building bridges. His first son, David LeRoy, was born in Virginia in 1954. Shortly thereafter, Roy resigned from the Army and went to work for Vulcan Rail and Construction Company, where he rose to the position of vice president. Two more sons, Andrew Day and Scott Merrill, were born while the family lived on Long Island, NY.
Roy was transferred to the office in Wheeling, WV in 1959, serving as Vice President and Plant Manager of the company. Two years later, their niece Carolyn joined the family. In 1962, Roy accepted a vice president position with Lunn Laminates, a fiberglass company in New York, and the family moved to Lloyd Harbor on Long Island. Roy and the family loved sailing, playing tennis, gardening on a large scale, and camping. He enjoyed leading his sons’ Boy Scout troops and Little League teams. Roy also took pleasure in singing in a barbershop quartet and playing bridge.
In 1968, Roy was transferred to Massachusetts, and the family moved to the town of Concord, where they built a house. They lived there until he took an early retirement in 1984. Roy and Nancy traveled the world in their RVs, seeing 33 countries and all 50 states, visiting many family and friends along the way. On one of their return trips to Germany, they watched the Berlin Wall come down. They stopped traveling in 2013 to settle down in Texas and to enjoy their children and eight grandchildren.
Roy died on December 16, 2014 in Houston, TX. He was given a military funeral. May he rest in peace.
— Nancy Henderson