Gerald B. Henderson, 84, State College, formerly of Altoona and Hollidaysburg, died Tuesday at his residence after an extended illness.
He was the son of the late Edgar M. and Augusta (Pasekoff) Henderson.
Surviving are his longtime companion, Susan Hill of State College; three sons: Edward and wife, Kathy, of Hollidaysburg, Evan and wife, Linda, of Hollidaysburg and Matthew and wife, Brandee, of Weston, Mass.; a daughter, Megan of Boston, Mass.; three grandsons: Evan, Charles and Daniel Henderson; and two stepgranddaughters: Jessica and Laura Schocker.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard.
Jerry was a 1949-B graduate of Virginia Military Institute and a graduate of Washington and Lee University. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving as a sergeant in the Korean War. He was the president of Saf-T-Bak Inc., formerly known as the Altoona Overall Co., which was founded by Jerry's grandfather, Morris Henderson, in 1904.
Jerry was a member of the Altoona Rotary Club and Spruce Creek Rod and Gun Club and served on the boards of Mercy Hospital and the Charleston (S.C.) Symphony Orchestra. He was also a former member of Temple Beth Israel.
Jerry will be fondly remembered for his roles in several Altoona Community Theatre productions.
A funeral service will be private and held at the convenience of the family with interment at Mount Sinai Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Jerry's memory to the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, 1330 11th Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.
Arrangements are by E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home Inc., 2309 Broad Ave., Altoona.