Kenneth William Henryson, 74, of South Elgin passed away at his home on September 6th, 2017 after a courageous battle with leukemia.
He was born in Elgin to George William and Virginia Mary (nee Gregor) Henryson on January 26th, 1943. Ken was born into a family of firefighters. His father George was a Captain on The Elgin Fire Department and his grandfather Elmer was Elgin's Fire Chief. Following in the family footsteps, Ken tested and was appointed as an Elgin Firefighter in June of 1965. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in August of 1973 and then to the rank of Captain in August of 1974. Ken was appointed as Training Officer of The E.F.D. in February of 1975 and then as a Fire Prevention Technician in January of 1979. He left the fire service after a career that spanned 28 years, then, having been a lifelong horseman, began to devote more time to his passion for horses by combining it with people. He became the voice of several horse shows, cultivating friendships with countless riders throughout the years, from beginners to upper level dressage riders. He will be remembered fondly for acknowledging each and every rider by name after their performance and adding a big "Thank You".
Preceded in death by his parents, Ken leaves behind his wife Carol, two sons, Brian of Elgin and Kevin (Veronica) of South Elgin, a daughter Elizabeth Post (Cody) of Town Creek AL, his two grandchildren, Kevin and Miranda and great granddaughter Aubrianna. Surviving also are his sister Mary Ann Schultz (Richard) of Elgin, brothers George (Judy) of Elgin, William (Yolanda) of Elgin, Robert (Janice) of Rockford, James of Elgin, and the many friends whose lives he touched over the years.
A celebration of Ken's life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30th, 2017 at:
The Elgin Fire Barn No. 5 Museum
533 St. Charles St.
Elgin, Il. 60120
Friends and family may call at the Museum from 1 to 3 pm with a service to be held at 2 pm by Elgin Retired Firefighters Assoc. Chaplain, The Rev. Dan Bohyer of Grace Evangelical Church of Elgin.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ken's name to:
The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance
426 W. Northwest Highway
Mount Prospect, Illinois 60056
for "Camp I Am Me" a 501(c)(3) charity for Illinois children ages 8 to 16, who have experienced a burn injury. https://www.ifsa.org/programs/camp