William C McHenry

Born: Sun., Nov. 22, 1931
Died: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019

Celebration of Life

4:30 PM Fri., Nov. 22, 2019
Location: Pendleton Sanitary Service

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William Chalmers McHenry was born November 22, 1931 to Dean Francis and Grace Allan McHenry in Holyoke, Colorado. He died in Spokane, Washington in the arms of his wife, Susan, and surrounded by his loving family on October 13, 2019 at the age of 87 years.

Bill’s family journeyed from the Midwest, settling in Eugene early in his childhood. Bill was an outstanding athlete, especially loving football. His motto throughout his life was “throw yourself in there with reckless abandon” and that is how he lived and died.

Following high school, Bill served as a paratrooper in Korea, where once again he threw himself in with reckless abandon. He was proud of, but extremely humble about, his military service.

Following his service, Bill played college football at Western Oregon University, and later graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. Deciding he wasn’t cut out for an office, he spent his career in the construction industry, eventually starting Desert Construction Company in Hermiston, Oregon in 1974. In 1981 Bill & Susan bought Pendleton Sanitary Service, now a second generation family business.

Bill’s interests and hobbies all reflected his adage of reckless abandon and included raising, breeding and racing quarter horses. He loved the wilderness, and always had saddle horses and mules for pack trips he shared with family and friends. One of his favorite memories was about buying a special saddle mule, Jenny, and taking his Mother, who was then 74, on a wilderness pack trip to Red’s Horse Ranch. His eight mule hitch with three freight wagons was a feature in the Westward Ho Parade for a number of years. Bill also loved motorcycles, his Harley cruiser and the custom Harley Springer he built and showed. He and Susan rode almost 80,000 miles after his first motorcycle purchase at age 70. Life never got boring for Bill. He also developed a passion for scuba diving, and became a certified diver at age 77. Only after his illness began in 2013 did his energy wane and he slow down a bit, although still living with reckless abandon!

Bill loved children, and in addition to generously sharing his time with his own family, he mentored several boys over the years. They stayed close to him and relied on his guidance throughout their lives and his.

Bill is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan; four children, Terri Lynn Dunmire (Dennis), Michelle Jean Mink (Jim), Michael Dean McHenry (Rose) and Michael Roger McHenry (Stacy); nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Pendleton Sanitary Service, 5500 NW Rieth Road in Pendleton on November 22, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children General Fund, Portland, Oregon.

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Toni and Brad Emerson
   Posted Fri October 18, 2019
Our condolences.

Jan Leonard
   Posted Wed October 23, 2019
Dear Susan,
I want to express my love to you at this time.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.. May the memories you treasure console and help in your heart with the burden of your loss..
Sincerely ,
Jan Leonard

Shelley Ena
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
Susan, May you be comforted during this time and find peace in the Savior's love for you. I always admired your husband's patience with my young children and the ball games. I know that you will be okay but do reach out if you need support.

Jess Foster
   Posted Wed November 20, 2019
Susan, I am so very disappointed to hear of Bill’s passing. I do, however have many fond memories that put a smile on my face. I am so happy that I got to see you guys at the Bank function this summer. You both looked terrific and appeared to be happy and healthy. My heart hurts for you and family and I will always value our friendship. Jesse Foster

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