Robert Dwight Henderson

August 16, 1942 to December 18, 2017

Robert Dwight Henderson (Bob) was born August 16, 1942 in McDonald, Pennsylvania.  He was the only child of the (late) Theresa Henderson Ellis and the (late) Preston Henderson, Jr.  His transition to be with the Lord was December 18, 2017.  He was a devoted and loving husband and father.

He graduated from Fort Cherry High School in 1960.  He joined the United States Air Force and completed studies in Computer Programming and served for five years in several capacities and locations, including Northern Honshu, Japan and Olmsted AFB in Middletown, Pa.  He also supported the U.S. during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

After returning from Japan (still enlisted), he met the love of his life, Beatrice (Bea) Chambers in 1963.  They were married on April 15, 1965 in Middletown, Pa.  After 5 years in the military, he was recruited by NCR (National Cash Register) Corporation and they moved to Dayton, Ohio in September 1965.  During his career with NCR he held various executive management positions, Associate Vice President and multiple Vice President positions in Dayton, OH and San Diego, CA, receiving numerous commendations throughout his career.  He spent 37 years in corporate leadership positions at NCR which provided him with invaluable experience in his second career at Sun MicroSystems, where he worked for seven additional years before retiring.

Bob’s warm smile and gentle laugh drew people to him.  His approachability was a source of leadership, influence and strength.  His quick humor made him the center of fun with family, friends, golf partners and anyone who had the opportunity to meet him.  Bob was well-respected and loved by many.  He cherished special relationships he had with his family and others.

He enjoyed competition and physical activities.  He loved participating in team sports such as basketball and softball and then developed a passion for golf, which eventually became his primary leisure and competitive activity.  His other passion throughout his life was travel.  He traveled to many parts of the world (Europe and Asia) while in the military and then extensively during his professional career (Europe, South Africa, Asia, China, etc.)  He then incorporated his passion for travel by planning and coordinating personal trips with his family, close friends and relatives. He was an outstanding trip planner and created memorable once-in-a lifetime experiences for his family.

In the early hours on Monday, December 18, 2017, God called Bob home.  On the preceding day, he had an enjoyable time playing golf, going to dinner, and watching his favorite team’s (Pittsburgh Steelers) football game.  After watching a movie, Bob left this world peacefully.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Beatrice (Bea), his son, Robert Mark Henderson (Robb), his son-in-law, D. Anthony Jensen (Tony), many close cousins, including:  Gail Matera (Mark), William Thornton (Jaimie); Sylvia Adams (Wayne); Timothy Thornton; LaVerne Spencer; Signora Farris and a host of nieces, nephews, godchildren, relatives and extended family, golfing partners and many, many dear friends world-wide.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the San Diego branch of the American Diabetes Association:
http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/local-offices/san-diego-california/

SERVICE INFORMATION:
A “Celebration of Life” Service is planned for:
Date/Time:
Saturday, January 13, 2018
11:00 a.m.

Location:
Shadowridge Golf Club
1980 Gateway Drive
Vista, CA  92081
(760) 727-7700

Loved this guy. Smart, intelligent and a good friend. We had a lot of good and memorable times together with NCR. My best regards to the family. Bob was a good friend and a very smart guy.

Rod Gray on January 16, 2018

My spell check said bev instead bea and I am very sorry

Mary hubbatd on January 14, 2018

My heart Goes out to the whole family. You have all touched my heart and soul in one way or another so I just pray that things Are with God always. He was a beautiful person as is Bevand the rest of the family. I wish there were something more I could do and would be glad to help in any way

Mary hubbatd on January 14, 2018

Dear Bea, Robb, Tony and family, Our most sincere condolences, it was a chock to learn of Bob's passing away so unexpectedly, a man who enjoyed life and shared his beautiful smile and warmth so generously. Bea we are here for you, anything we can do, don't hesitate. You've enjoyed a beautiful life together, remember the good times, and when you feel sad remember the special moments, cherish the memory of a wonderful man, husband and father. You were very lucky to have enjoyed many beautiful years together. The Celebration of life was perfect, and celebrated the man he was with touching tributes and laughter. Bea, Robb, Tony, you have each other, the pain will ease with time. Our thoughts are with you. Love, Andrea & Bob Abney P.O. Box 465 Rancho Santa Fe, Ca 92067

Andrea ABNEY and Bob ABNEY on January 14, 2018

Bea, we were saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He will be missed at Jim’s Super Bowl parties. May God give you & your family strength during this fragile time as you grieve & remember wonderful memories. With love, Al & Renee Small

Alfonso & Renee Small on January 13, 2018

It is with great sadness that Len and I learned of Bob's passing. It is especially difficult when that loss occurs suddenly. Although we see each other only occasionally, we will always remember Bob's infectious smile and good humor, the enjoyable travels we did together and watching the joy of having a loving, close family with Bea, Robb and Tony.

Arleene Antin and Len Ozerkis on January 12, 2018

Bob was the best boss I ever had at NCR and a fun golf partner/opponent, even if he did take all my money. I will truly miss him. Rest in peace my friend.

Gary Mathews on January 11, 2018

MY sincere condolences to Bea and Robb. Bob has been for me always more than a friend, in many occasion he was like a brother. I always admire the correctness of his judgment and the full help he has given to me as friend and as a colleague. I would like to be close to you and your family and share with you the pain. As soon as I get better from my medical situation I will call you

Mauro Pacelli on January 11, 2018

Bea and Family; Please accept my deepest Condolences and Prayers; from your friend and sister in Christ.

Gilda Johnson Benton on January 11, 2018

Bea and family: So sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved husband, father and awesome friend! You are in my prayers and thoughts. Cherish the beautiful memories and positive experiences you shared. Look forward to the promised Reunion with our loved ones on the Sea of Glass. The Lord is your Strength and Hope! Blessings, Jerri PARKER 🙏🏽🦋🕊

Jerri Parker on January 10, 2018

Bea and Robbie, I am truly sorry for the loss of an amazing man, a Dad, a husband and my Godfather. I will always remember his laugh and in fact that was the first thing I thought of when I learned he was in heaven. He was gracious, kind and cared about all people. When we adopted Sydney you welcomed us into your house while we didn't have a place to stay. We grieve with happy thoughts and I will always remember him. Love, Michael and Sally

Michael, Sally and Sydney Davis on January 10, 2018

Bea my sister, You and Bob are my family and he will truly be missed. We have so many great memories, but remember, Bob is in heaven, just waiting on us. God Bless and Keep you and Rob. Love you always, Marva

Marva Christon Smith on January 09, 2018

Bob's light is shining brightly. It is heartwarming that he enjoyed his life so fully until the very end. However we strongly feel the magnitude of your indescribable loss. We love you and will hold you close. We honor you both and cherish our many good memories together. Bob is resting in peace after a life extremely well-lived.

Charlotte & John Houston on January 09, 2018

It was my pleasure to know Bob through many years and experiences at NCR in Dayton. What a genuinely good guy! He and I were not only on a first name basis; we called each other by our middle names; he was Dwight and I was Otto. Bea, know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of all why knew you two. With sincere sympathies, Susan and Cliff Wild

Cliff Wild on January 09, 2018

What an amazing man that we will dearly miss!! He lighted up a room with his wonderful and gracious personality. We met Bob on numerous occasions with his beautiful wife, Bea and could not imagine having better friends than Bob and Bea. Bob is a "treasure" that we will never forget. Our fondest wishes, Bob and Lee at the Park Place.

Bob Betzer and Lee Polk on January 09, 2018

Dear Bea and family: My deepest sympathies during this very difficult time. I will truly miss Bob’s infectious smile which really lit up the gym each morning! Much love, Carrie Weisbaum

Carrie Weisbaum on January 09, 2018

Dear Bea and Robb, Konnie and I were sincerely saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. It was a privilege and honor to know Bob. He was an outstanding individual to work with and a pleasure to know as a good friend. We had a lot of fun getting to know you and Bob as best of friends. We will always treasure the fond memories of getting together with you guys while we were in Dayton and San Diego. We pray that you are able to reflect on the happiest and fun times we had together during these difficult times for you and Robb. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Bill, Konnie, Melissa and Stephanie.

Bill & Konnie Smith on January 09, 2018

It is with true sadness that Nancy and I received notice of Bob's passing. Our condolences to his wife Bea and his family.

John Duritsch on January 08, 2018

It was my privilege to know and work with Bob in several capacities over the years at NCR. He will be remembered. Gene Alligood

Gene R. Alligood on January 08, 2018

I met Bob in Dayton at NCR. We worked together for 12 years and I enjoyed my time with him. So sad to here he’s gone. My deepest sympathies to Bea and the Henderson family. RIP Bob!

Peter Augusta on January 08, 2018

Bea and Robb please accept our sincerest condolences on your, and the worlds great loss. It is so much more difficult when passing occurs so unexpectedly. Please remember we are here if there is anything that we can help you with. Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We hope to see you soon.

Marilyn & Stanley Marder on January 08, 2018

My heartfelt condolences go out to Bea, Robb, and Tony. Loving thoughts and prayers to you all.

John Richardson on January 08, 2018

Dear Bea, Joe and I were so sad to hear of Bob's passing. He was such a lovely man and know it is such a loss for you and Rob. Much love to you both.

Keren Ramsdell on January 08, 2018

Although I never had the privilege of meeting Bob, his son Robb has told many wonderful stories and anecdotes regarding both of his parents. Bea and Bob have raised a wonderful son who admired his dad and continues to cherish his mother. Bob will be missed by Bea, Robb, and Tony. May the beautiful memories you have shared through the years sustain you through this difficult time. Love, Bruce

Bruce Mikita on January 07, 2018

We are heartbroken for you and your family. Missing this wonderful friend!! Lots of love, Jim, Jodie, Jake & Ryan Runchey

Jodie Runchey on January 07, 2018

It was my honor to name Bob Director, MSP, NCR Corporation. Before I moved to Dayton, Bob’s brilliant leadership and skills in solving tough customer problems had already been proven to me. After I moved to Dayton, he became a lifelong friend. He made so many people, including me, better, happier and respectful through his warm and embracing approach to life.

William E. Bird on January 07, 2018

I worked at NCR in the Mktg Software Programs org. along with Bob in the '70s. He was such a very special gentleman with such grace, impeccable work ethic and his wonderful sense of humor. Bob was admired by so many associates. I send my deepest sympathy to Bob's family and friends. He will never be forgotten.

Kandace (Kandy) Nevin on January 07, 2018

Bea, so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I started my career at NCR working for Bob and he was instrumental in getting me into management. We played softball together in the outfield on the NCR team and I always enjoyed our golf matches. He is now resting in a better place.

Mike Roberts on January 07, 2018

Our sincere condolences to Bob and his family. I enjoyed working for Bob at NCR in Dayton.

Nick Spillson and Family on January 07, 2018

Bea, You and Bob always were two of my favorite people. I wish you and your family peace at this time. You are in our prayers!

Bob Barone on January 07, 2018

Dear Bea & Robb, Just read the wonderful complementary words about Bob! What a wonderful man who we had the privilege of knowing & who we loved very much. One thing that wasn't mentioned was his love to take pictures on your travels. I pray that your grief will be short but your loving memories to go on a lifetime! Love you, Bette & Tim

Bette & Tim Davis on January 07, 2018

I was so saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He was an important person in my life at NCR and beyond. I will always think of him fondly and will miss his ready smile and cheerful nature.

Aleta Dirdo on January 07, 2018

Bea and Robb. My deepest condolences. I am honored to have known and worked with Bob and enjoyed our times together beyond work with family and sports. I wish you the strength to get through this difficult time. My love to you and Robbie. Nigel, Matt and Elizabeth

Nigel Brooke and Family on January 07, 2018

Dear Bea Our deepest condolences on the loss of a great and wonderful guy. We are here for you any day and any time. Much love Rickey and Giovanni

Rickey and Giovanni Vignati on January 06, 2018

Terribly sorry to hear this. Bob was my boss at Sun and everybody here loved working with him. His grace, humor, and professionalism was a model to us all and we are much better people for having known and learned from him. We're all extremely sorry for you loss and hope knowing that he was a kind, respected and inspirational leader to those he worked with will in some small way help to comfort you during this time.

Rand Lindsly on January 06, 2018

My sweet Uncle Bob.....you have been in my thoughts throughout the years and upon hearing of your passing, my heart is simply broken. I would smile thinking of yours and my heart is heavy with the knowledge that your smile will no longer brighten the lives of those who's life you touched. You will be greatly missed and your sweetness will never be forgotten. I hope to see you again. xoxo Melissa

Melissa Dorrell (Smith) on January 06, 2018

Dearest Bea, I am so saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. I am sending my condolences and sympathies to you, Rob and the rest of your family. What a special man!!! Sending love and hugs. ❤️❤️❤️

Martin on January 05, 2018

Words can't express the sorrow I feel for the passing of Bob. My condolences to you and your family. I feel honored to have know Bob. Remembering a gentle soul, with a quick wit. I am deeply saddened by the loss of your loved one. I pray for your comfort and peace., and may God give Bob eternal peace. If you need me I am here.

Salaam on January 05, 2018

Bea- Sad to hear the news and praying for you and your family. Elisa

Elisa Stewart on January 05, 2018

My heart is broken over your loss, he was a second dad to me...a gentle soul. We all now have our wonderful angel 😢

Theresa Frank on January 05, 2018

Bea, Sending much love and prayers to you and your family. Pam

Pamela Davis on January 05, 2018

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