Donald M Henness

August 29, 1923January 29, 2013

Donald M. Henness, DVM, 89, passed away, Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at his home in Evansville, IN. He was born August 29, 1923 in Guthrie, OK.

He retired from Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1986 as Assistant Director of Clinical Studies. Don was a US Marine Corp Veteran serving during WWII. He was a Platoon Sergeant, Marine Scout, and served on the USS Indianapolis. During the 1970’s, he was a volunteer veterinarian for Mesker Park Zoo. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and a master wood carver. Don was very devoted in his faith and enjoyed reading and studying the Bible. He loved spending time with his family.

Don is survived by his wife, Nora; daughter, Lea Vollmer (Michael); grandsons, Chris Vollmer, Matthew Henness, Jr. (Grethe); great-grandson, Phoenix Henness; and half-brother, Al Cassaday.

Services will be 11:00AM, Friday, February 1, 2013, at Alexander West Chapel, officiated by Rev. Michael Rittichier, with entombment at Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit, Thursday, January 31, 2013, from 5:00PM until 7:00PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Salvation Army, 1040 N. Fulton Avenue, Evansville, IN 47724.

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Betty & Dave Bickford

February 1, 2013

Lea, know all your family is lifted up in prayer. My heart goes out to you, you are so special.

Drew Certain

January 31, 2013

Lea, we were saddened to hear about your dad's passing. He was a very fine man, who I know you were proud to call Father. From his exemplary service in WWII to his professional career to his excellent carousel horse carvings, he always left an excellent mark. Travis and I will both be lifting you up.
Warmest regards;
Drew Certain

Renee Fethlan

January 31, 2013

May the sadness pass and the wonderful memories stay. God Bless to you Mrs. Henness & to Lea and family. I remember him when I use to come out to the house when Lea and I were in High School. Peace and love to you all.

Renee Buchanan Fethlan