Hometown Hero: Marshfield Man Donates Estate to Ch

By Melanie Chapman | mchapman@kolr10.com

Published 08/08 2013 07:15PM

Updated 08/08 2013 07:18PM

MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- Dale Henderson was by all means a simple man -- with a huge heart.

In the 89-year-old's younger days, he was a welder and a farmer. He and his wife Treba were married more than three decades. They lived the final days of their lives in their Marshfield home.

"They're just good old hometown people that like to help out their community," recalls Candy McCormick, their neighbor.

When his wife died, Dale buried her nearby so he could visit her every day.

"He was a really good man," says McCormick. "He was a really amazing man actually a god loving man."

Dale passed away just months after Treba, but even after death the couple's loving spirit lives on. When his time came, Dale's final wishes were that his entire estate be auctioned off and all proceeds would go to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"I think it says a lot for his character," says McCormick. "His neice was very sick and he and Treba went and took her to St. Jude's for her treatments and she was healed because of St. Jude's."

The house, the belongings -- even their car will be auctioned off. Everything is going to help children.

An auction takes place August 31 at 10 a.m. at the former farmer's home in Marshfield. Anything that's not sold will go to other local charities that benefit children.

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