Arno Leroy "Blackie" Henshaw

                                                               ┌── George Henshaw
                                                               │    1855-?    
                                ┌── Clarence Delbert Henshaw ──┤
                                │    1889-1973                 │
                                │                              └── Jennie -
                                │                                   1859-?    
Arno Leroy "Blackie" Henshaw ───┤
B: 1915                         │
D: 2012                         │
                                └── Blanche E. -
M: Lela Loice Bullard
   ├── Dale Arno Henshaw (1939-) 1,2
   ├── Arneta Loice Henshaw  1,2
   └── Arveta Glynn Henshaw  1,2

M: Dorothy R. Flynn

Arno Leroy "Blackie" Henshaw     [ID 02891] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Arno Leroy "Blackie" Henshaw3,4 [Arnold Henshaw5,6].

Born Jul 23 1915, Connoquenessing, Pennsylvania.3,4,5,6  

He married Lela Loice Bullard.1,7  Lela, daughter of Clayburn Stroud Bullard & Lela Louretta Wright, was born Feb 26 1917, Waurika, Jefferson County, Oklahoma.1,7,8  

In 1964, Arno Leroy and Lela lived in Norman, Oklahoma.9  

It appears that Arno and Lela were probably divorced.  Lela died Dec 19 1996, Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma; buried Duncan Municipal Cemetery, Duncan, Oklahoma.7,8  

He then married Dorothy R. Flynn, Aug 6 1977, Lake Humphrey, Oklahoma.10  Dorothy, daughter of Claud Flynn & Frances Bullard, was born Mar 11 1921.3,8,10  Dorothy had been previously married to Gus Zewick.10  

Dorothy died Sep 15 2005, Southwestern Medical Center, Lawton, Oklahoma.8,10  

Dorothy's obituary was published in the "Lawton Constitution" (Lawton, Oklahoma) on September 18, 2005:11

Dorothy R. Flynn Henshaw

DUNCAN -- Memorial service for Dorothy R. Flynn Henshaw, 84, Duncan, will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at the family home under direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home, Duncan.  

Mrs. Henshaw died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, in Lawton.  

She was born March 11, 1921, to Claud and Fannie Bullard Flynn.  She married Arno Henshaw on Aug. 6, 1977, at Lake Humphrey.  Her first husband, Gus Zewick, preceded her in death.  She worked for many years in sales at T.G.&Y and Safeway.  

Survivors include her husband, of the home; three daughters: Frances White, Kansas City, Kan.; Arnetta Kelly, Duncan; and Arvetta Dowdy, Tallahassee, Fla.; two sons: Walter Zewick, Edom, Texas; and Dale Henshaw, Cairo, Egypt; a sister, Mary Lorenzen, Marlow; a brother, Raymond Flynn, Marlow; 11 grandchildren: Amanda Luebeck, Jessica Ratslaff, Nichaols White, Ashley Dowdy, Brad Kelly, Timmy Jones, Dineen Kelly, Brett Henshaw, Rod Henshaw, Laura Munos and Terri Shaffer; and 13 great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: James Flynn and Chester Flynn; and a sister, Jayne Sparks.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.  

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be sent to

Another obituary was published in the "Marlow Review" on September 22, 2005,10

Dorothy R. (Flynn) Henshaw, 84, of Duncan, passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at Southwestern Medical Center in Lawton.  

A memorial celebration was held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the family home.  

She was born on March 11, 1921, to Claud and Frances (Bullard) Flynn.  She married Arno Henshaw on Aug. 6, 1977, at Lake Humphrey.  

She married Gus Zewick and he preceded her in death.  

Dorothy worked for years in sales at TG&Y and Safeway.  

She is survived by her husband Arno, of the home; three daughters, Frances White of Kansas City, Kan., Arnetta Kelly of Duncan, and Arvetta Dowdy of Tallahassee, Fla.; two sons, Walter Zewick of Edom, Texas, and Dale Henshaw of Cairo, Egypt; a sister, Mary Lorenzen, and a brother, Raymond Flynn, both of Marlow; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, James Flynn and Chester Flynn; and a sister, Jayne Sparks.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.  

Don Grantham Funeral Home of Duncan was in charge of arrangements.  There will be no visitation at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be sent to

Arno Leroy "Blackie" Henshaw died Oct 16 2012.4  

Arno's obituary was published in the "Duncan Banner" (Duncan, Oklahoma) on October 21, 2012:4

Arno ‘Blackie’ Henshaw
July 23, 1915 -- Oct. 16, 2012

DUNCAN -- Arno "Blackie" Henshaw, 97, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.  He was born in Connoquenessing, Pa., on July 23, 1915, to Blanche and Clarence Henshaw.  

His family later moved to Tulsa, where he was raised and graduated High School.  He attended Oklahoma AandM, in Stillwater and obtained a degree in mechanical engineering.  Upon graduation, he quickly went to work for Lucy Oil Company out of Oklahoma City.  

After working for Lucy for several years he went to work for Halliburton in Duncan, starting in 1940 in the truck shop as a mechanic.  In 1947 he moved into the sales department as a sales engineer.  In 1951 he returned to the truck shop in Duncan, and in 1959 was made an inspector.  In 1961 Blackie went overseas to Iran to help set up a camp in Aga Jara, Iran.  Upon his return he was made line foreman in the inspection department in Duncan.  Over the next several years he did special blowout assignments in both the North Sea fields and Australia.  

He continued to work out of Duncan until he retired in 1977, having 37 years with Halliburton.  Upon his retirement he traveled both abroad and in his fifth-wheel around the states.  

Blackie was a 60 year Mason, 32nd Degree, out of the Comanche Branch of the organization.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Dorothy Henshaw.  

He is survived by a son, Dale Henshaw and his wife Jeanette, of Denton, Texas; two daughters, Arneta Kelly and her husband Don, of Duncan, and Arveta Dowdy and her husband Kent, of Summerfield, N.C.; a stepson Walter (Zeke) Zewick and his wife Marty, of Edom, TX; a stepdaughter Francis White of Missouri; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  

Memorial contributions may be directed to the donor’s choice.  Cremation services arranged through Grantham’s Funeral Home.  

At this time there will be no memorial service.  However, condolences can be made online at

Social Security information for Lela Loice Bullard: 441-18-8519

Social Security information for Dorothy R. Flynn: 566-22-8630


  1. Carlos Arzuagas database:
  2. Obituary of Dorothy R. (Flynn) Henshaw.
  3. U.S. Public Records Index;
  4. Obituary of Arno "Blackie" Henshaw; "Duncan Banner", Oct 21 2012:
  5. 1920 census, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma; roll T625-1487, ED 261, page 3B, line #82, dwelling #58, family #69.
  6. 1930 census, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma; roll T626-1936, ED 156, page 1B, line #67, dwelling #12, family #21.
  8. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  9. Contribution from Dale Nathan Hinshaw.
  10. Obituary of Dorothy R. (Flynn) Henshaw; Stephens County, Oklahoma USGenWeb archives:
  11. Obituary of Dorothy R. Flynn Henshaw; "Lawton Constitution", Sep 18 2005: "Obituary Collection".

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