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David C. Henderson

May 2, 1946 April 14, 2023
David C. Henderson
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David C Henderson, 76, of Peoria passed away Friday, April 14, 2023, at home.

He was born May 2, 1946, to Carroll and Barbara Henderson, who preceded him in death.

He married Paula J Nielsen on December 4, 1971; she survives. He is also survived by his 2 daughters, Vanessa (Josh Loy) Henderson of Pekin, and Sasha (Johnny) McNutt of Peoria; 5 grandchildren; Skye Henderson of Peoria, Peyton Henderson of Pekin, Olivia Mennell of Bartonville, Tatum Henderson, and Jaxson Henderson of Peoria, and his sister, Meredith Henderson of Canton.

David served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Vietnam War Veteran. He worked for Caterpillar as a welder for 29 years.

He was a life member of the VFW Post 2078, Vietnam Veterans of Central Illinois, and an executive member of 92 Bravo.

David was an avid historian and collector. He loved baseball and collecting baseball cards, model cars, and an array of historical and military memorabilia. He would watch Cubs games, keep score, and attended many Peoria Chiefs games.

He was a member of the group behind the WWI and WWII memorials at the Peoria County Courthouse. He was committed to ensuring no one who served in any war was forgotten.

David loved spending time with his family. He loved going out to eat and enjoyed going to Longhorn Steakhouse, where he and Paula recently became Legendary Guests.

If you knew David, you know he knew no strangers. He loved talking to people.

Cremation has been accorded, and per his wishes, no services will be held, but the family will be holding a celebration of life at the VVI Bunker in Washington from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2023.

The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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