Bruce A. Henderson, 88, of Pollock, Idaho, died Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Bruce was born Feb. 1, 1930, in Red Bluff, Calif., to Ed and Goldie Henderson.
Dad was raised on a small ranch west of Red Bluff, where he was horseback at the tender age of two months. His parents took their cattle to the mountains every spring, so his mother put him on a pillow in front of her on her saddle, and away they went. Throughout his life he was most at home on the back of a horse. He had an adventurous childhood there on the ranch, helping his parents with the livestock, breaking colts, milking cows, driving his sister, brother, and teacher to school in a two-wheeled horse-drawn cart. He also helped his dad pack deer hunters in the fall, and they packed surveyors into the mountains in the summertime.
On Oct. 23, 1948, Bruce married Joy Wolcott. They made their home nearby to his parents’ ranch. In January of 1949, Joy passed away.
Dad was drafted into the Army in March of 1951; he served in Okinawa as a tank driver during the Korean war. He was discharged in March of 1953, and shortly after coming home, he met his soon to be wife, Nancy. Bruce and Nancy were married on March 4, 1954; they made their home in Paskenta, Calif., for the next fifteen years. While living there, Nancy gave birth to their four sons: Richard, Ronald, Rodney, and Randall. Dad worked in the woods building roads, then later started driving off-highway logging trucks. In September of 1969, they moved their family to Riggins, Idaho, where they purchased and operated their outfitter and guide service for the next eleven years. In 1980, they sold their business and purchased a logging truck. Dad hauled logs for several years before he semiretired in 1995, when he sold his truck. He worked off and on for several more years, driving truck, plowing snow, running road grader, always taking a month or so off every fall to go deer and elk hunting. Hunting, fishing, and being out in the mountains was a passion that Bruce passed on to all of his sons. There were a lot of wonderful memories created out there at hunting camp.
Dad was a man of many talents, one of which was working with leather. He did lots of work on saddles and pack gear, and also made lots of wonderful hand-tooled purses, wallets, and belts. Most everyone in his family has a treasure that he had made at his workbench. Another talent he had, as mentioned earlier, was being at home in the saddle. Dad liked to ride saddle broncs in his younger days, and he was very good at it. He rode for three years in the northern California rodeo circuit, only bucked off three times. He won the amateur saddle bronc championship in 1955. Being the responsible family man that he was, he decided he better find a safer way to make a living.
Bruce was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; his daughter in law, lva Henderson; and granddaughter, Amber Henderson.
He is survived by sister, Anita Gonzales and brother, Pete Henderson, both of Red Bluff, Calif. His four sons: Rich, Ron, Rod and wife, Renee; Randy and wife Zelda; 12 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on June 16, 2018, at the Salmon River Community Church in Riggins, Idaho.
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