September 25, 2013, 1:25 am by Staff Reports
Jim Henson, 80, passed away Sept. 19, 2013.
He was a loving husband and father and grandfather for 57 years. Jim was born Jan. 26, 1933, in Ottumwa, Iowa. At age 18, he joined the United States Air Force where he met the love of his life Janet.
They married on Sept. 16, 1956, and raised two children and then five grandchildren. Jim spent 20 years in the Air Force traveling around the world. After he retired from the service he went to work for GTE (later becoming Verizon) for the next 20 years. In 1986 Jim and Janet came to Burnet to be close to their daughter and grandchildren. They have lived in Burnet since his retirement from Verizon at age 58.
Jim was a Mason and an active Ben Hur Shrine in Austin and the Highland Lakes Shrine Club. He enjoyed driving his model T car in parades and working with the Shriners to raise money for the Shrinerís Children Hospital. He enjoyed raising his Black Angus cattle. He loved to see the new calves and he kept a close eye on each head of cattle to make sure they were all doing well.
Jim is survived by his wife, Janet Henson, and daughter, Denise Mays and husband, Larry, both of Burnet and son, James W. Henson, of Ohio, brother, Donald Henson, and nephews, Mark and Mike Henson all of Ottumwa. Jimís surviving grandchildren are Elizabeth Mays of Houston and Matthew Mays and Kevin Mays of Burnet and J.D. Henson and Janet Henson of Ohio.
Jim will be laid to rest with military honors in a private family ceremony at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Arrangements were made by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet, Texas.
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