CHARLESTON -- Dr. Giles Lee Henderson, age 74 of Charleston, passed away in a skydiving accident in Taylorville, Illinois on December 2, 2017. A reception will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. Memorial Services will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the funeral chapel with Pastor Gary Henderson officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the EAA Young Eagles Program or the International Aerobatic Club. Gifts may be left at the reception or service or mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.

Giles was born July 19, 1943 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, a son of the late Elmer and Viola (Walworth) Henderson. He married his childhood sweetheart, Linda M. “Lyn” Altenburg on September 22, 1962 in Great Falls, Montana. In addition to Lyn, his loving wife of 55 years, Giles is survived by two sons, Kevin Henderson (Donna) of Meridian, Mississippi and Garth Henderson (Laura) of Rapid City, South Dakota; two grandchildren, Jessie Henderson (Toni) and Cherilyn Henderson; three great-grandchildren, Kahlan, Olivia and Dezmond Henderson; his stepfather, Jim Meade of Great Falls, Montana; and a brother, Gary Henderson (Lynette) of Bonanza, British Columbia, Canada. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Greg Henderson.

Giles was a retired E.I.U. Chemistry Professor and was nationally known for his aerobatic competition and precision flying.

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