William R. “Bill” Henley, 76, died Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Modesto after an extended illness.
He was born in Sacramento, the middle son of Emmaline and R.F. “Bud” Henley. The family moved to a ranch in Oakdale in 1947.
From a young age he learned ranch work, rode horses, and raised cattle. He showed his cattle in 4-H and FFA with much success throughout the state. He graduated from Oakdale High School in 1956, where he was active in student government and FFA. He attended Modesto Junior College and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
While working one summer in Lake Tahoe he met his future wife, Diane. They were married in 1962. In the early years of their marriage, they lived in Colorado and moved back to Oakdale a few years later where they remained.
Mr. Henley began his horseshoeing business around 1969, which he did for over 35 years. He had many clients in the Oakdale, Waterford, Turlock, Modesto, and foothill areas.
He and his wife were active supporters of their children in 4-H and FFA, taking them to exhibit at many horse, sheep, and cattle shows in several states. He was a 4-H leader and a founding member of the Oakdale Livestock Boosters. He was a member of the Oakdale Grange, serving several terms as Master. He was chairman of the Oakdale Ducks Unlimited dinner for many years, a member of Oakdale Sportsmen’s Club, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Diane Henley; children, R. Quinn (Amy) Henley of Livermore; Dawn Henley (Brian) Carden of Manteca; brother, Ronald; sister-in-law, Paula; and nephews, David and Robert.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, James.
A celebration of life will be held at 2p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 at the Oakdale Sportsmen’s Club, 840 N. Stearns Road, Oakdale. A meal will follow.
Remembrances may be made in his name to a memorial scholarship that is being arranged – more information available from family and at the service; or to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto 95356.