James "Clete" Hennings
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May 3, 1920 - May 27, 2014
James "Clete" Hennings passed away on May 27 in Modesto at the age of 94. James was born on May 3rd, 1920 in Carrington, ND to Henry & Margaret Hennings. James enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and served in WWII in the Pacific Theater. After being discharged from the service, James worked with big bands traveling around the county and in 1955 James moved his wife and family to the Modesto area. James worked as the custodian for St. Stanislaus School in Modesto for 35 years but his true passion was music and playing his trumpet. James also enjoyed golfing on his time off.
James leaves behind his children: Gary Hennings (Elvia), Jackie Tucker (Larry), Jay Hennings (Tami), and Mike Hennings (Sue), along with five grandchildren. James is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn Hennings.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Franklin & Downs Funeral Home. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, June 6th at 11:00 AM at Franklin & Downs McHenry Chapel. In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be sent to St. Stanislaus Catholic School: 1416 Maze Blvd. Modesto, CA 95351.
Franklin & Downs Funeral Home
1050 McHenry Avenue Modesto, CA 95350
Published in the Modesto Bee from June 4 to June 5, 2014