Michael Henderson

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Our beloved Michael Stephen Henderson, a baptized child of God, an engineer and resident of Belleville, Illinois, died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at the age of 46.

Mike was born in Decatur, GA, on September 12, 1972.  He completed his Electrical Engineering degree at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, IL.  During his career, he held several engineering positions in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee. Mike always had such a kind, loving, and respectful personality and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roland and Edith Henderson and Otto and Ethel Wegener.

Mike is survived by his wife, Rebecca, nee Lemay, Henderson of Belleville, IL;
his mother, Sue, nee Wegener, Henderson of Belleville, IL;
his father and step-mother, Samuel and Carol Henderson of Fenton, MO;
his sister, Veronica Leigh (Terry) Esker of Belleville, IL;
and his step-sister, Theresa (Aaron) Welti of St. Louis, MO.
Mike has wonderful aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. All of us have had the priceless joy of sharing our loving husband, son, brother, and uncle.

One of Mike’s favorite prayers is the Serenity prayer:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.”

Mike loved his pets and it would be his wish that any memorials be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or to a favorite charity.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 128, 2018, at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Freeburg IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Freeburg, IL, with  Rev. Bruce Keseman officiating.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


22 Comments on Michael Henderson

Charlie & Bonnie Fahrner said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2019 at 10:25 PM

Becky, we pray that your faith and your wonderful memories will comfort you during this difficult time. We care about you.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Veronica Esker said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2018 at 12:19 PM

Michael Stephen Henderson September 12, 1972 - November 24, 2018 From Mike's family, we'd like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for their love, support and prayers during this very difficult time. All of the kind words and happy memories everyone has shared with us is a reminder that our sweet Mike touched so many lives during his 46 years here. He was a great brother, son, husband, uncle, cousin, grandson, nephew and friend. All that knew him were blessed. "Love is Patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends..." 1 Corr. 13:4-8 Our love for Mike will never end and we will forever be thankful for his love while he was with us. Mike, we will never, ever forget you and we thank God for sharing you with us. We miss you tremendously, but look forward to seeing you again one day in paradise!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Debi. Swingle said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2018 at 11:01 AM

May Mike rest in paradise , forever. I am still in shock, always will be. I met Mike through Eric. Mike was his best friend. Mike was a sweet, caring, living, kind man, with a huge heart. He was a great listener. He cared about people. I grew to love him, and care about him. My sincere condoleneces to everyone who knew and loved Mike. I will always member him, and how he was there for Eric. I will keep praying. Mike has touched so many people , including me. May. The memories live on forever, as Mike will. Wishing everyone who knew him, peace. GOD BLESS.

  • Zanesville
  • Ohio
Lisa Lerner said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2018 at 2:25 PM

My heartfelt sympathies to Sue and all the family. May God comfort you in this time of loss family and friends to share memories of Michael.

  • Cincinnati
  • OH
Reverend Martin Springer said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2018 at 11:14 PM

My prayers and love come to you with this note. Mike was a fine man. God bless you my dear friends.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Tammi Obermeier said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2018 at 3:22 PM

I’m so very sorry for your great loss. I found out of Mike’s passing yesterday and sorry I couldn’t pay my respects. God be with you all during this extremely difficult time. I went to Zion with Mike and remember his extremely kind way about him and his beautiful blue eyes. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Krista Bush said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2018 at 7:07 PM

I was saddened to hear about Mike's passing today...I'm sorry I missed the visitation to pay my respects. I have many fond memories of growing up with Mike at Zion and reconnecting later after our college years. May he be at peace in Heaven. Hugs and sincerest condolences to all his family and friends.

  • St. Louis
  • MO Missouri
Frank&Barb Chambers said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2018 at 5:20 PM

Becky, The news is heart-breaking. Please accept our sincere condolences.

  • StJacob
  • Illinois
Sue Mezo said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2018 at 4:16 PM

Veronica, I am so sorry for your loss. I have not seen you in a while, but I still have great memories from working a the bank and our trip to Vegas. Your family is in my prayers.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Eric Swingle said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2018 at 8:56 AM

Becky, Sam and family my heart aches for all those who knew Mike. I met Mike almost 20 years ago. He was a GREAT friend who helped me threw a hard time in my life. I will never ever forget wonderful loving personality and his love for his dogs. I play pool with him, basketball, ping pong, bowled, cards you name it Mike loved it. We talked like endless hours. Mike loved his family and there reunions. It was always a pleasure to talk or to play one on one he didn't care if won or lost he always played hard and listened well. I will never ever forget that big beautiful smile . Michael, I will miss you. Eric

  • Zanesville
  • Ohio
Lisa Esker said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2018 at 12:26 AM

So sorry to hear about your brother. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you all ❤️

  • St Petersburg
  • FL
Donna Riess Coughlin said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2018 at 8:08 PM

Oh where to begin..I met Mike through Veronica who I have known my whole adult life. What a pleasure the whole family is to be around such wonderful people. Mike had such an infectious smile I will never forget. Hold on to the memories and remember...Earth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal. God Bless you Veronica, Becky and Sue and the entire family.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Andy Lemay said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2018 at 7:52 PM

Becky and family, I can’t even begin to express my condolences for your loss. This is so sad. Love, Andy

  • Las Vegas
  • NV
Marilyn Leurig White said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2018 at 6:27 PM

Dear Sue snd family. I was so saddened to hear of Michael's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult.time. May God give you comfort and peace. And know that my whole family is with you in thought and prayer.

  • Tempe
  • Az
David said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2018 at 5:16 AM

Mike was such a decent man! I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with him a couple of times at family reunions (my wife's family). My condolences to all his family.

  • Colorado
  • CO
Rick schumer said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Mike was my best freind.i will miss him so much .he has helped me so much through tough times.he was the most easy going person I know

  • Salem
  • Il
Carol Pass said : Guest Report Nov 26, 2018 at 10:58 PM

I am in shock. Becky, you and all of family are in my prayers. Hugs and love to you.

  • MO
Rebecca Henderson said : Guest Report Nov 26, 2018 at 10:25 PM

Sam,Carol,Sue, Leigh and Becky. I am so sorry for your loss I remember Mike as a baby sweet as could be and same as an adult. May God give you peace in the days and years to come.

  • Teachey
  • NC
Jeff Whitaker said : Guest Report Nov 26, 2018 at 10:25 PM

Becky, so very sorry to hear about your husband's passing. May the love, comfort, and peace of our Lord Jesus be with you and all of your family and friends. May your loving memories of Mike always fill your heart. God's blessings.....Jeff Whitaker

  • Greenvillle
  • Ohio
Kaye said : Guest Report Nov 26, 2018 at 8:27 PM

I have wonderful memories of Mike. He had a great smile. He was always very interested in what you had to say. Such a great listener. Mike had a very kind and gentle side truly shown through his love of pets. He loved you Becky and I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs to you. May he rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Patti Wagnitz said : Guest Report Nov 26, 2018 at 7:19 PM

Becky, I am so sorry for your loss. I'll be praying for you. Patti Wagnitz

  • WI
Shaunalyn Boad said : Guest Report Nov 26, 2018 at 6:03 PM

Becky and family, I am so sorry for your loss. If you need anything, please let me know. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Shaunalyn

  • Troy
  • Illinois

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