Russell Lawrence Henderson

December 2, 1942August 26, 2018

COL Russell Lawrence Henderson, US Army (ret.) 1942-2018

COL Russell Lawrence Henderson, US Army (ret.) passed away on August 26, 2018 at his home in Alexandria. He was born on December 2, 1942 in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to Blair and Sara Henderson.

Russell was raised in a military family and attended 13 schools. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1964 and later received a Masters in Business from Boston University (Manheim Germany). Russell joined the US Army and retired after 27 years. He served in Korea; Vietnam; AFSouth Naples, Italy; Heidelberg, Germany; and various locations stateside which brought him to Alexandria, Virginia. After his military retirement, he worked at National Genealogical Society and developed an obsession with his family genealogy and genealogy in general.

He was an Eagle Scout and active Boy Scout to present day. He was also active with Friends of Fort Hunt Park and its connection to his father’s history, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and he was extremely active with the Scottish Clan Henderson Society. He and Judy hosted 15 international high school exchange students who remain part of the family.

Russell is preceded in death by his parents, Col Blair and Sara Hartz Henderson and brother, Blair Henderson Jr. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith Manz Henderson of Alexandria, Virginia; children: Janine Suzanne (and Skylar) Kovack of Alexandria, Virginia; Richard Russell (and Peggy) Henderson of Marietta, Georgia; and Ross Elliott Henderson of Carmel, Indiana; grandchildren: Colin Eliot Chatfield, Susan Elizabeth Chatfield, Tiffany Reann Chatfield, Howard Elliott Henderson, Charlotte Anne Henderson; and many international children and extended family members.

Russell was a devoted husband and father to his worldwide family. He will always live forever in our hearts.

His Inurnment at Arlington Cemetery will be at a future date.


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William Sanner

February 14, 2019

COL Henderson frequently visited our office and when he did he would come into my office and share stories from his time in the military. I always enjoyed these little talks. Russ was committed to helping others and frequently helped out when we needed an extra hand. He is greatly missed though I feel at times he is here looking over us. He will always be remembered.

Anne and David Henderson

September 2, 2018

We have fond memories of our visit to see Russ and Judy many years ago in Alexandria. Then again at the celebration of Sara and Blair's 50 wedding anniversary in Arizona. My most recent memory is of the loving care that Russell gave his mother Sara in Sun City by his many trips to be with her before her homecoming. He was a wonderful son.

Lars Oestevold

August 29, 2018

Dead dad. Thank you for demonstrating love, kindness and generosity. Thank you for taking me into you and mom’s world- wide-family . I will always be grateful and honor your example and your goodness.
You will always have a big room in my heart❤️
Till we meet again.

Yours always

Ps: sending the warmest greetings to you mom from Ann Katrin, Anna and Tuva

Pat Posner

August 28, 2018

Dear Judy & family,

Still fondly remember visiting your home w/other Colettes (& meeting Schmutzik). Also having lunch w/you & Russ after enjoying seeing your neighbor's daughter perform in the opera at the BMA. Loved the query "Are we cooking tonite?" & of course the answer. With much love and fondness.


Pami Kovack

August 28, 2018

Janine sky and family .
I am so sorry about the loss of your daddy .
There simply are no words sweetie .
We Will pray for you and yours for healing and peace and comfort .
Love all of you
Your sister


August 28, 2018

So sorry to hear about the loss of your father, JANINE. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the "HENDERSON FAMILY." From the "KOVACK FAMIILY." CAROL and DENNIS, "ROBERT, MICHELLE and MARK, MELISSA and CHUCK",RICHARD and BRENDA and SONYA and RICHARD.

Carolyn Blevins

August 27, 2018

Judy, and all other family members. I cannot believe that Russell has gone on ahead of us! He was such a caring and fabulous dad,, grandad, and friend. I will never forget how he would come to our house when I was sooo young, and stand in my dads workshop in the basement with my brother and me, watching the TV my dad had built, spread in pieces all over the workshop bench . The old black and white shows were amazing, and we all just stood and watched until it was time to eat. We had such a good time. And Russell was just so nice. I also remember going to ya’lls wedding with the crossed swords. I remember being scared of those shiny blades, and you were a beautiful fairy princess. Some memories just do not fade with time, and I will cherish the ones I have, because they remind me of a simpler age, when I can be reminded of the fabulous Henderson family.... and Russell.