Otis David Henderson, age 89. He was a loving father, grandfather, and friend. He passed away peacefully at Miami Valley Hospital on September 29, 2019.
Otis David Henderson was born on December 24, 1929 in Fayetteville, TN. He was preceded in death by John Lee Henderson (father) and Ida Dyer (mother), four sisters and two brothers.
Otis served his country in the Korean War. After returning home, he married several years later. He had two daughters Modena Henderson of Charlotte, NC and Jeanne Henderson (Claude Kendrick) of Canton, MI. He has one beloved granddaughter Kayla Marie Kendrick.
Otis moved from Fayetteville, TN to Dayton, OH in the 1950s. He was well known in the Dayton community through his 55 years of service as a member of College Hill Community Church. As a member, he actively participated in church activities and served on various committees such as a Deacon, Session member, Boy Scout Leader, Kitchen Committee, Food Pantry, Church Flea Market, Men’s Choir, and Neighborhood Watch. He was known for his famous peach cobbler at the Friday night church meetings. He made fresh communion bread for 38 years.
Otis worked various jobs in Dayton. But he is most noted for Rike’s department store in downtown Dayton and the Dayton Veteran Administration. He was a dedicated employee at VA for 34 ½ years. He retired as head chef of food production where he served three meals daily to 2300 veterans. After retiring Otis visited the VA frequently bringing baked goods weekly. He was known as the “Sweets Man”. He loved going to the VA so much; our family often joked that he considered himself as the “Mayor” of the Dayton VA.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the College Hill Community Church Building and Restoration Fund.
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