SPOKANE, Wash. -- Earl D. "Del" Henton, 94, died April 22, 2009, at Park Place/Claire Bridge in Spokane, Wash.
He was born Nov. 8, 1914, in Danbury to Burr and Vaire Henton. He graduated from Danbury High School in 1932. After graduation, he worked on a farm with his uncle Hugh and aunt Lucille Godown in Spokane.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from Jan. 14, 1942 to Aug. 30, 1943. He received a ribbon serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater in June 1943 and served in Australia.
He worked as a cat driver for Northern Pacific Railroad before he worked for Union Pacific Railroad. He worked 33 years for Union Pacific Railroad as a brakeman.
He was a life-time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1474, an active member of the United Transportation Union 1505 and president of the Union Pacific Old Timers Club in 1974 and 1974. He was a pitcher for the Tekoa Smokers baseball team.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie; four brothers, William, Richard, Willis and Robert Henton; and two sisters, Shirley Roach and Phyllis Lingo.
Survivors include one brother, Garnet and wife, Dorothy Henton of McCook; two sisters-in-law, Linda Henton of Coconut Creek, Fla., and Delores Henton of McCook; daughter-in-law, Shirley Swartz of Ritzville,Wash.; two grandsons; three great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
Funeral services were April 27, 2009, at Hennessey Smith Funeral Home with committal in the Spokane Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be given to a charity of choice.