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Ray Henshaw

Born: Wed., May 1, 1935
Died: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018


1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 12, 2018
Location: Amling/ Schroeder Funeral Service - Myrtle Point Chapel

Celebration of Life

4:00 PM Sat., Dec. 29, 2018
Location: Coquille Valley Elks Lodge

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Ray Henshaw was born during the Great Depression in Kingsmill, Arkansas and found his way to Myrtle Point, Oregon. Here he met lifelong best friends and most importantly, his future bride, Joyce Ann Wilder.  They settled in Myrtle Point to raise three children, Stevie, Brad, and Pam.
Early in  their marriage, Ray was a cheesemaker at the Safeway facility In Myrtle Point.  Later, he would become a much beloved bus driver and then, the transportation supervisor for the MYrtle Point school district.  As a staunch supporter of quality music and athletic programs for children, he attended countless music events and games.  He simply loved kids.
Community Service played a major role in his life. He was a volunteer fireman (captain) for over 30 years, one of Myrtle Points first EMTs, a lifelong member of the Elks Lodge (officer) and delivered meals to Meals on Wheels recipients. He belonged to the Lions and Rotary clubs. 
He was awarded “Citizen of the Year” by the Myrtle Point Chamber of Commerce and “EMT of the Year” by the Myrtle Point EMT Association. Ray was an avid golfer with a quirky backswing and a fervent Oregon Duck fan.
Kind. Gentle. Honest. Giving. Words which so aptly describe him. “Believes the best in people. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t. There’s always a silver lining”. Statements he lived by and passed to his children.
He’s survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Joyce Henshaw; daughter, Pam Schroeder and son-in-law Bruce Schroeder of Sunriver, OR; son, Brad Henshaw and daughter-in-law Kim Henshaw of Myrtle Point, OR and grandchildren Tyler, Kameron, Stephen, Karissa, Gabby, Jacob, Kenzie; three great grandchildren, Emory, Reid and Rainn; sisters, Dorothy White of Baton Rouge, LA; and Barbara Blaylock of Rayville, LA ; brothers Danny Joe of Famerville, LA and Chester Henshaw of Oak Grove, LA.
He is preceded in death by his son, Stephen Ray Henshaw (7 yrs old); mother, Ruby Turner; father, Chester Henshaw; sisters, Georgie Gilkison, Wilma Smith, Carol Wright, and Linda Townson.
See you in Heaven.  Love you forever.

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   Posted Thu November 15, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. One encouraging thought you might find comforting is found at John 5:28, 29. “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” God gives us this beautiful hope that he will soon resurrect our dead loved ones and we can see them again on a paradise earth! I hope this promise brings you comfort as it does me.

Jim Walker
   Posted Sat December 15, 2018
Ray was a great guy. Was my bus driver for many years from Bridge to Myrtle Point. Always enjoyed visiting with Ray about sports. He is in Heaven now. God bless all of you. Jim Walker

Cathy Priest
   Posted Thu December 20, 2018
I can still remember Ray reaching for the door lever to open the bus door for me and then to look up and see his smiling face. On bus trips with the boys basketball teams I always felt so safe on those dark curvy old roads with Ray at the wheel. He was a very special man. I am sorry for your loss. Cathy Priest

Ron Farmer
   Posted Thu December 20, 2018
A true legend on the Bridge / Remote bus route. Loved, respected, and trusted by every kid on the bus. A great source of strength and encouragement on our athletic trips. One of my best memories growing up in Bridge in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Linda Howerton
   Posted Mon December 24, 2018
My heart goes out to you Joyce and the family. Ray was a particular favorite of Jack's. We enjoyed visiting whenever we got in the area.
There are now only Bob and Bub on this Ruby/Mary branch of the family.
Love, Linda

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