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Willard DeLoyd Rudolf Henning

Willard DeLoyd Rudolf Henning, age 74, of Hutchinson, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, at the Olivia Health Care Center in Olivia.

He was born Aug. 28, 1932, in Hollywood Township, Carver County, the son of Henry and Lena (Schwartz) Henning. Willard was baptized as an infant Sept. 18, 1932, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, by the Rev. Theo Rolf, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth April 14, 1946, at the same church. He attended St. Mark parochial school in New Germany through the eighth grade.

Willard farmed in the New Germany area until 1972. He then moved to St. Paul, where, he worked as a security guard and later, as a dishwasher for the Radisson Hotel. Willard retired from the Radisson Hotel Labor Day, 1998.

Willard loved to tinker in his garage and fix things. He was very mechanically inclined and enjoyed working on anything that was broken. He also especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

After suffering a stroke in May of 1999, Willard moved to Hutchinson to be closer to his children. He lived in the Evergreen Apartments, and then Park Towers Apartments when he needed more care.

After a second stroke in the spring of 2001, Willard moved to Cedar Crest Estates. He became ill with a very serious infection while living there, and moved to the Cosmos Nursing Home. When the Cosmos Nursing Home closed, he moved to the Olivia Healthcare Center, where he suffered a third stroke Sept. 20.

Willard is survived by his children, Gerald and his wife, Cindy, and Kenneth and his wife, Janet, all of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Alexander Henning, Joseph Henning, Emily Henning, MacKenzie Henning, and Madison Henning; a brother, LeRoy Henning and his wife, Lucille, of New Germany; nephews, Dennis Henning and his wife, Genoa, and David Henning and his wife, Becky, all of New Germany; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lena (Schwartz) Henning.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, with the Rev. Allen Holthus officiating. Music was provided by organist Margel Kirchhoff, and Chuck Thiel on the concertina, performing “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.” Congregational hymns were “I’m But A Stranger Here” and “Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus.” Interment was in the church cemetery.

Honorary casket bearers were Emily Henning, MacKenzie Henning, and Madison Henning.

Casket bearers were Alexander Henning, Joseph Henning, Dennis Henning, and David Henning

Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson.

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