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Donna Henderson, F.D.

Donna Henderson, F.D.

Funeral Director/Owner

Donna obtained her license initially in Atlanta, GA and worked as lead funeral director and office manager for Alfonso Dawson's Mortuary. She returned to Des Moines in 2002 and became licensed in Iowa. She has owned Henderson's Funeral Service since 2002 She has 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Donna is a Deaconess in her church and stays active with community functions. She loves reading, drawing and listening to music. Helping hurting families is a ministry for her.


Telephone: 1-515-309-6550

Email: Donna@hendersonshp.com


Walt Henderson III

Walt Henderson III

Administrative Assistant

Walt is Walt and Donna's oldest son.  In addition to assisting his parents at Henderson's, Walt is also an event planner and owns his own business, VioDoug Entertainment.  In Walt's spare time, he loves to travel, meet new people and cook.

Email: Walt@hendersonshp.com


Matthew Gilgen, F.D.

Matthew Gilgen, F.D.

Funeral Director

Licensed Funeral Director, Matthew Gilgen, has worked in Marshalltown and Reinbeck. He's a married father of one who loves to cook.

Email: matthew@hendersonshp.com


Jermain Henderson

Funeral Assistant

Jermain is the next generation of Henderson's to serve our community. He loves working with young people, and has three children of his own. He hopes to soon complete studies at DMACC in Mortuary Science.

Email: Jermain@hendersonshp.com


Vicki Clayton

Vicki Clayton

Funeral Assistant



Lori Ann Brooks

Lori Ann Brooks

Funeral Assistant

Funeral service is a family affair. Lori is Walt's sister and Jermain's mother. She loves music and shopping for others. She also has a daughter and three grandchildren.


Herbert Williams



Fikisha Glymph

Funeral Assistant

Fikisha is a dialysis technician thinking about furthering her education with mortuary science.


Ebony Sherale Wilder

Funeral Assistant

Ebony is a licensed cosmetologist and barber. She brings those skills and artistic energy to Henderson's.


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