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Henning, Howard

Howard W. Henning, 82, of Sheboygan Falls died Monday, January 13, 2014 at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and fought this disease with great determination and bravery.

Howard was born September 9, 1931 in Hustisford, WI to Walter and Gertrude (Seegert) Henning. He graduated from Central High School with the class of 1949.

In March 1952 he enlisted in the Army and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1960. He proudly served his country during the Korean War. On August 30, 1952 Howard was united in marriage to Carol Fredrick. After 53 years of marriage, Carol preceded him in death. He was a member of Ebenezer United Church of Christ.

Howard was employed by the Sheboygan Police Department, starting as a patrolman, then detective. He left the Sheboygan Police Department to pursue being the owner operator of his own trucking business. Eventually, he went back to the Sheboygan Police Department, later moving in to a new position in the Sheboygan County District Attorney's office as a special investigator. He became the Chief of Police in the Village of Kohler in 1977 and retired in 1985. Howard also owned a woodworking business, making wooden shipping pallets for local manufacturers in the evenings and weekends.

After his family outgrew the home he built in the City of Sheboygan, Howard moved his family to a hobby farm in the Town of Wilson. It was a Henning family effort as they raised, trained, and showed St. Bernards. Howard allowed his 6 daughters to have horses, which was very hard work. His theory was that horses and all the work that goes with caring for them would keep boys away. With little exception he was right. Each spring Howard would work the ground with his Ford tractor and he and his family would plant 1000 hills of pickles that would be sold to annual customers and local stores. There were many summer vacations spent at Long Lake, where Howard taught his family how to fish. Howard was an avid Packer and Braves/Brewer fan.

During his retirement Howard enjoyed traveling with his Ford pickup truck and travel trailer to Florida and Arizona during the winter and to many special destinations throughout the United States. He also enjoyed going for walks and bike rides on the recreation trail; dancing and listening to polkas and waltzes; watching Lawrence Welk and Molly B; and taking summer pontoon boat rides around English Lake.

He is survived by six daughters Candy (Pat) Konz; Bobbie (Ernie) Christus; Laura (Bob) Henning-Lorenz; Jackie (Dave) Rudd; Lisa Bloedorn (and friend Mike Kniess); Amy (Louie) Heizler; three grandchildren Jason (Jenny Schuttlefield) Christus; Athena (Matt) Dattilo; and Justin Bloedorn; one great grandchild Abby Christus; a sister Lucille Johnson; and two sisters-in-law Nathalie Campbell and Linda Fredrick. He is also survived by his special friend and companion Yvonne Lavey.

In addition to his parents and wife Howard was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law Harvey Johnson, Gene Campbell, and Earl Fredrick.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Ebenezer United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Roger Mealiff officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Sheboygan Falls Cemetery. A time of visitation and support will be held at the church on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to his memorial fund.

The family extends their thanks to Dr. Gavin; Sarah Jabbs, PA; Dr. Bettag; the entire staff of Sheboygan Cancer and Blood Specialists; Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, Walmart Pharmacy in Plymouth, Glander Drug Store, the Point Restaurant, and Meals on Wheels. All of these special people provided Howard and his family with the best care and support.

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Howard will be remembered for his straight forward leadership; being well organized; and always providing for his family before himself.


Published in Sheboygan Press on Jan. 15, 2014
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