May 15, 2008
KENNETH WILLIAM HENDERSON, SR.
(8/10/1948 - 4/30/2008)
Kenneth William Henderson, Sr. formerly of Jameson, MO 59, passed away on April 30, 2008. Services were held Saturday, May 10th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Trenton, MO.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Hospice organization.
Funeral arrangements were provided by McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin.
Ken Henderson was born August 10, 1948 in Idaho Falls. He grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho and enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing chess very much. Ken received a scholarship to play basketball for Idaho State University. After serving a two-year service mission in Texas for his church, he attended Brigham Young University where he obtained a degree in political science. He then entered the Air Force and served our country as a pilot flying T-38 and KC-135 jet aircraft. In 1976, with an honorable discharge, Ken returned to civilian life to spend more time with his family.
In 1977, Ken established Trail’s End Family Steak House, in Augusta, Kansas, which was the first of several business ventures he created.
In 1978, Ken launched his campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate, only to be narrowly defeated by Nancy Kassebaum.
In 1979, the family relocated to Austin, Texas. There, he established Ken Henderson Homes, and built over 100 custom homes across central Texas.
Ken had a vision of establishing family homestead living communities, whereby families could work toward being self sufficient and prosperous by producing for themselves much of what they consume. His first homestead development project was realized when he built a magnificent home on 16 acres north of Austin. Here, nine of his eleven children had the opportunity to live and work together. They planted and cultivated gardens, orchards, a vineyard, and tended to their chickens, milk cows and beef cows. Ken taught his children the value of hard work and independence. Today, this estate continues to be an Austin area landmark known as The Plantation House, showcasing beautiful southern colonial architecture and is utilized as a facility to host elaborate weddings.
In 1989, after a downturn in the economy, conditions were such that Ken felt a spiritual calling to live near Adam Ondi Ahman, MO where he desired to continue his vision of establishing self sustaining, homestead communities. After settling in the small town of Jameson, Ken opened The Village Mill bakery. Here, the family continued to work hard together. The Village Mill continues to produce the very best baked goods today at The Manhattan Café and Bakery in Kirksville.
Over time, Missouri became a special place for the Henderson family by presenting many challenging circumstances that allowed the family to grow together, and apart, for a time, that ultimately resulted in a profound sense of admiration and respect for the sacred nature and purpose of the Family.
After years of trial and error, Ken perfected his strategy for helping families prosper by establishing Ariel Affordable Housing Ministry. This organization is designed to assist families obtain zero interest loans and work together to build low cost, self sustaining, energy efficient homes. A model home showcasing Ken’s vision is located in Memphis, MO.
Ken was a large man with a big heart and big ideas that will continue to live on.
Ken was laid to rest at The Grand River Cemetery of Daviess County near Adam Ondi Ahman.
Ken has been reunited with his parents, Peter and Alice, his brother Douglas, his sister Arlene, and his granddaughter Lauren.
Ken is survived by his wife Sylvia; his children, Samuel, Daniel, David, William, Sarah, Jared, Benjamin, Andrew, Patricia, Mary, and Aaron; a brother Carl and sister Louise; and his grandchildren, Junior, Becca, Sammy, Jr., Justin, Carolee, Thomas, Jessica, Stephen, Katrina, Justice, Elijah, Eliam, Anna Sephora, Shailee, Aliyah, Melaina, Madison, and Ava Rowen.
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