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Henry Holland Flarup


1922 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Henry Holland Flarup Obituary
Oct. 11, 1922 - July 22, 2014

Henry Holland Flarup died peacefully at Woodland Memorial Hospital on July 22, surrounded by his closest friends.

Henry was born on the family dairy farm in Vorning, Denmark on Oct. 11, 1922 to Jens Peder and Larsine Holland Flarup. He was the fourth youngest of 15 born, 11 surviving, children.

Henry was an active youth traveling distances on his bicycle to play soccer and handball. He was an avid gymnast; and went to Ollerup International Academy of Physical Education. In 1949 Henry was honorably handpicked to participate in Lingiaden, an International gymnastics event held in Stockholm, Sweden, with the elite gymnastics team from Denmark.

Henry's early exposure to farming led him to work on a farm in Sweden with one of his brothers. After returning home, Henry applied for work in the United States through a joint Danish-American work exchange program for farmers. In 1950 Henry moved to Minnesota and worked on a farm owned by a Danish family from the same village where he was born. He then worked in Canada briefly before returning to Denmark.

Henry immigrated permanently to the United States in 1954 and settled in Oakland. He worked for Canteen Foods, a vending machine company owned by distant relatives from Vorning, Denmark. Henry moved to Woodland, and in 1964 started Woodland Beverage Co. with two business partners supplying beer and wine locally for 35 years. After Woodland Beverage Co. closed he worked part time delivering cars around California for Avis Rent A Car.

Henry proudly became a United States citizen on Sept. 17, 2009. He returned regularly to Denmark over the years and kept in constant communication, most recently via Skype, with his beloved family. Many family members, exchange students, and friends have stayed with him throughout the years. Henry loved to entertain and his home was always open to visitors.

Henry is survived by a younger brother, a younger sister, numerous nephews and nieces in Denmark, and many close friends. He will be missed.

A Celebration of Life luncheon will be Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m., at Cracchiolo's Banquet Facility, 1320 E. Main St., Woodland.

Published in Daily Democrat from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, 2014
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