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Bob Lind, Published July 10 2012

Neighbors: Column on Leo Henderson brings back fond memories

Leo Henderson, West Fargo, was deeply loved by his family, making the decision to move him into a nursing home a difficult one.

The story of that decision and the positive way it worked was told here earlier.

Two people were responsible for that story: his son-in-law Bob Lee, Moorhead, who published a tribute to Leo in the column he wrote for the old Moorhead Monitor, and Bob’s daughter, Linda Sand, Moorhead, who sent a copy of that column to Neighbors.

Bob’s wife and Linda’s mother was Joyce (Henderson) Lee.

The column Bob wrote told of how Leo first went to the Good Samaritan home in Aneta, N.D., in 1985. But because of the long drive for his family in Moorhead to visit him there, they moved him to the Good Samaritan in Arthur, N.D., in 1987.

The staffs and residents of both homes were applauded by Bob for the way they received and cared for his father-in-law.

Leo died in 1989. But right up to the end, Bob said, he was content.

Which brings Neighbors to messages it received because of that column.

“Thanks for the memories,” Bev Battagler, Hunter, N.D., writes.

“I cared for Leo when I worked as a CNA at the Arthur Good Sam. When I think of him, I smile,” Bev says. “He was always classy and sassy.”

Columnist Bob

Neighbors also heard from Bob, who writes, “After 80-plus years on and off in Fargo and Moorhead, and being active in many clubs, I was and still am fairly well known.”

Bob wrote a column for the Valley Times as well as the Monitor.

“I sheepishly must admit,” Bob writes Neighbors, “that when my columns didn’t generate enough feedback, I would resort to the one sure-fire way to get it: I picked on women.”

That for sure brought feedback, Bob says. Or as he puts it, “Wow! Bang! Crash! Boom!”

“My editor,” he says, “always apologized for me, telling women I was really a nice guy who was just kidding, and I really loved my wife and three daughters. I imagine he didn’t want to imperil our subscriptions.”

By the way, Bob’s full name is Robert E. Lee.

He probably gets kidded about having that famous Confederate name. But that’s OK, because he lives in the south.

South Moorhead.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to (701) 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com

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