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William F. Henness - 82

4/13/1933 - 3/1/2016


William F. Henness, 82 of Colchester.  After a 2 year battle with cancer, with the dedicated love and care of his wife, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on March 1, 2016.  He was born April 13, 1933, to John W. Henness and Lucia B. Crocker.  For more than 62 years, he shared life with his wife, Virgie A. Roberts Nelson, whom he married on July 3, 1953.  Shortly there after, he adopted Virgie’s daughter, Carol.
At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Army.  He proudly served his country in Korea as a sniper until a battle wound led to a medical discharge, earning a Purple Heart.
He worked at Hemps / King Seeley for 31 years and the Elms Nursing Home for 10 years.  He also served as a lay minister for about 10 years.  Some of his interest over the years include photography, hunting and shooting marksmanship, archery and running.  But most of all he loved his country and family.
He is survived by his wife, Virgie, of Colchester and three children: Carol (David) Reedy, Naperville, Mark, Plymouth and Melody (Carlton) Berndt, Cherry Valley, one sister; Dorothy Bodenhamer, and one brother; Robert Henness both of Colchester.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Colchester Rescue Squad and McDonough District Hospital Hospice.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with the Rev. Dennis Clements, Burial with full Military Rites by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Thursday.  Memorial is to Colchester Rescue Squad.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com


6:00 to 8:00 P.M Thursday at the Funeral home


11:00 A.M. Friday at the Funeral Home


  • Karen Henness

    on 03/01/16

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
  • Lynn Cavett

    on 03/02/16

    My deepest sympathy
  • Karen Peters

    on 03/02/16

    403 W Kelly St Praying that God will comfort all of you at this time of sorrow.
  • Cathy Sikes

    on 03/03/16

    Virgie and family you are all in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss, he will be missed.
  • Mitzae Mullens

    on 03/05/16

    I was sad to hear of Bill's passing he will be greatly missed. Sending Prayers your way.
  • Estelene Bodenhamer

    on 03/07/16

    Bill was a high school classmate of mine; I was sorry to learn of his illness and now his passing. My deepest sympathy.
  • Joshua Berndt

    on 03/09/16

    Bill Henness is my Grandpa. For the Christian, there is no true death, but a sleeping, to be raised at the Rapture. He was saved when a young man, and I used to tell him, "I'll see you here, there, or in the air!" He once repented of sin and trusted Christ as Savior. He is in heaven. He often gave the gospel, years ago. God's Gospel: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:9-10
  • Rick

    on 03/14/16

    I corresponded with Bill via e-mail for 14 years. The one thing that I always noticed was the unconditional love he had for his family. He reminded me of my Grandfather and I will miss him very much.
  • John Pozzerle

    on 08/30/16

    He quit being a christian a long time ago. For three or more years we exchanged e-mails (Some of them I still have) and even when we never met, I know how he felt about christianism. In his last years he became an atheist. I miss his e-mails and his thinking. I think he was a very good person, which is the highest title a person can have, higher than doctor or general; higher even than president of the country. I learned a lot from him. I still miss him. John Pozzerle Katy, Texas
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