Mr. Steven J. Henderson, 65, of Columbia, Mo., died Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the University Hospital surrounded by his family.
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Steve was born July 3, 1953 in Jefferson City, Mo., a son of James W. and Mabel M. Linsenbardt Henderson. He was married on March 14, 2008 in Columbia, Mo. to Viktoriya Yeremenko.
A lifelong resident of the Central Missouri area, Steve attended Trinity Lutheran School and was a 1971 graduate of Jefferson City High School.
Steve was a manager and trainer at various local gyms. He trained as a professional body builder for 20 years, winning The People’s Choice Award for best pose and set many world records. He traveled throughout the world to study different cuisines and cultures. His passion for food and healthy living, led him to pursue a career in food services.
He was employed with the Holiday Inn and later as a Chef with Hy-Vee in Columbia until ill health forced his retirement.
His love for self-help and motivational books, led him to create and publish his own book, Uncommon Sense, which he dedicated to his daughter. He was active in the community, volunteering his time with the Columbia Optimist Club. He participated in the annual chili cook off, winning several years in a row, to benefit the Boys and Girls Club.
Survivors include: his wife of eleven years, Viktoriya Henderson; one daughter, Alexandra Marie “Sasha” Henderson; his mother, Mabel Henderson of Jefferson City, Mo.; and one brother, Dickie Lee Henderson of Jefferson City, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Henderson on July 15, 2009.
Visitation will be from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 803 Swifts Highway, Jefferson City, Mo. His memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Samuel Powell officiating.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Alexandra’s Educational Fund c/o Viktoriya Henderson.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.