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“Our most heartfelt condolences, we were not aware of illness, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are so saddened of yours and our loss...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Dan D'Aloisio - Las Vegas, NV

“Don was a great man and a personal friend of my Dad all through the years. Don was so caring when my Dad fell ill. He was so very kind and generous....Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Joseph Doherty Jr & Family - MI

“My love & prayers go out to the family. Ruth Ann I was looking forward to seeing you in Flagler Beach this Spring. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Cathy (Jitter) Porte hrwnAllen - GA

“To the Henderson Family:On behalf of the City of Trenton, I would like to send our condolences to your family on the passing of your husband, father,...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Kyle Stack - Trenton, MI - Friend

“Ruth Ann, Jerry and I are so sorry to hear about Putts. Your classmates will miss seeing him at their reunions. You both never missed a one.Waggie ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Carolyn Wagoner Tecmire - Trenton, MI

“Putts was a great friend from high school and continued thru our adult life. He was a special friend that was loved by. Never a negative comment. He...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Eric Reickel - Fenton, MI

“From the entire Knopp family, we are so sad to hear of your Dad's passing. I have so many fond memories of being their neighbors in Trenton next...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Gail (Knopp) McGrath - Trenton, MI

“So sorry for your loss he will be missed and we will miss Don and Ruth coming to Florida God bless him ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: John and Barbara Keimer - FL


Donald Harold "Putts" Henderson, 81, of Trenton, Michigan, passed away on December 27, 2017, at Beaumont-Dearborn Hospital after a months-long battle with an extremely rare disease called AHUS.

Don was born in Trenton, Michigan to Arthur J. Henderson and Margaret J. Sutherby Henderson on January 31, 1936. He attended Slocum-Truax High School where he was an accomplished athlete lettering in football, basketball and baseball. He played center, guard and linebacker on the football team earning League Allstar, Captain, All Suburban and Class B All-State as a Guard (5' 6", 175). He was an Upper Peninsula Legion Allstar in baseball. After graduation, he attended Western Michigan University where he played football. After one year, he returned to Trenton to marry his high school sweetheart Ruth Ann Amo on August 13, 1955.

Don worked for the City of Trenton (D.P.W. and Water Department) for 40 years, retiring in 1995. To date, he is the only employee to celebrate 40 years of employment with the City of Trenton. In retirement, Don enjoyed walking outdoors and at the local mall, reading historical and biographical books, traveling and visiting family and friends and spending the winter months in Flagler Beach, Florida. Don and Ruth made friends wherever they went.

Don is proceeded in death by his parents Arthur J. Henderson and Margaret Jean "Mona" Henderson, his in-laws, Harry J. Amo and Anna M. Porte Amo.

Don is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth Ann Amo Henderson; his children, Michael R. Henderson (Sally), Barbara H. Parks (Carl), Stephen R. Henderson, and Mark D. Henderson (Doris); his siblings, Loretta J. McCormick, Richard J. Henderson (Marilyn) and Robert A. Henderson; five grandchildren, Brian, Lyndi, Daniel, Kristin and Alyssa; two great-grandchildren, Elliana and Giavana. Don is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be given to NORD – National Organization of Rare Disorders – rarediseases.org. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses at Beaumont-Trenton and Beaumont-Dearborn Hospitals.

Martenson's Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.