Richard Sayre Enders, 89, of Hendersonville passed away peacefully Sunday, July 24, 2011 at Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Careís Elizabeth House.
He was born in Flushing, NY, son of the late Henry and Mabel Enders and was raised in the Poughkeepsie area of upstate NY. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and his loving wife of 63 years, Barbara Plass Enders.
During WWII, he was a pilot in the Army Air Corps flying B29s and training missions for pilots and navigators. At the conclusion of the war, he returned to NY State University College at Oswego where he earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education. He taught Industrial Arts in Baldwinsville, NY for 30 years where he also served as Department Chairman. In 1967, he received the honor of ìNY State Teacher of the Yearî and was also recognized in ìWhoís Who in American Educationî.
In past years he was active in the Art League of Henderson County and the First Congregational Church of Hendersonville. He has been an area resident since 1979.
He is survived by a son, Barry Roberts Enders and his wife, Miriam, of Los Angeles, CA; a daughter, Susan Enders Armstrong and her husband, Jack, of Colorado Springs, CO; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held at 11a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2011 at the First Congregational Church of Hendersonville, 1735 Fifth Ave. W.
An end of an era of two of the most talented people I ever met! Memories of Baldwinsville, my boys taking classes from Barb, and chatting at the Presbyterian Church there. Kind and wonderful and talented!!!!!
My deepest sympathy to the family. Dick and Barb were the BEST neighbors when we all lived in Blantyre Community. Dick never stopped being a teacher, you learned from him many valuable things, just by association.
I am deeply honored to have known Dick (and Barb) for many years– better neighbors and friends than anyone could ever wish for. Both were excellent mentors for our two sons! Dick was a TRUE gentleman.
The Board and Staff of the Community Foundation of Henderson County wish to express deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Richard Enders on the sad occasion of his recent passing.
What a precious, talented man!! I have know both Barb and Dick for 15 years from working as a nurse @Dr. Tryon’s office. They were the best and i always appreciated their insights and their kindness! It was truly a privilege to know them! I can’t think of Dick without Barb! May God comfort all family members. One day we will be reunited!