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Herbert Henschen Jr., 80

Herbert H. Henschen Jr. age 80 of Norwood passed away Wednesday June 1, 2011 at his home in Norwood.

Herbert H. Henschen Jr. was born in Benton Township, Norwood July 24, 1930 to Herbert H. Sr. and Pauline (Gennrich) Henschen. Herbert was baptized on Aug. 3, 1930 and confirmed in his Christian faith April 2, 1944 at Zion Lutheran Church and School rural Cologne. To this church, he would be a member all his life.

Herbert was privileged to continue his education at Concordia High School, St. Paul, graduating in 1948. Herbert wanted to build houses so began working for Pinske builders of Plato. Taking these skills and abilities he enlisted in the US Air Force in 1950 serving in Sedalial, MO and Puerto Rico. In 1954 he was honorably discharged and returned home.

During the next few years he worked for Edmund Meyer Masonery of Hamburg and attended Dunwoody Institute in the drafting and estimating department.

In 1957 with God given talent, an education, experience, and financial help from his family he bought tools and equipment and began building cabinets in the old chicken barn on the farm. This simple shop grew into the thriving business Henschen Cabinet and Woodworking. For 35 years and with never more than two additional employees Herbert build cabinets for over 1800 homes, businesses, and institutions. The fruits of these earthly labors were generously shared with his family, friends, and his church.

After retiring in 1992, he kept his tools and equipment and enjoyed woodworking as a hobby. In his retirement years he sought out opportunities to share his talents and knowledge with young and old alike. He especially liked the visits from the Zion school children to his shop to make Yule Logs. In addition to Zion Congregation, Herbert enjoyed giving of his time and talents to numerous churches in the area.

Herbert married Carol Siewert on Sept. 1, 1963 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska MN. He built a house for his new bride and family, which followed. During these prime years Herbert enjoyed ice fishing (spearing), deer hunting, and bear hunting.

In the late 80’s Herbert and Carol found a parcel of land in northern Minnesota and built a hideaway to which family and friends were also invited to spend many relaxing days. “up north”

Herbert and Carol were regular visitors at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cohasset. To this church family Herbert also willingly gave his gift of woodworking. Herbert was also a member of the Cologne Lions and enjoyed the many volunteer opportunities this organization was involved with.

Herbert’s faith and thus his way of living can best be summarized by Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Herbert was called home to heaven on June 1, 2011 after a yearlong battle with cancer.

Thankful for having shared in his faith and life are his wife Carol; his son Jonathan and wife Barb and granddaughter Pauline of Cologne; and his son Nathan and wife Rhonda and granddaughter Rebekah and grandson Micah of Aberdeen SD; sister Lorna and brother-in-law Duane Lewis of Hammond, WI; brother Vernon of Norwood; sister-in-law Lorraine Siewert of Beaverton, OR; his nieces and nephews and countless friends and associates.

Herbert was preceded in death by his parents; sister Elda and brother-in-law Edwin Leikam; sister-in-law Mary Ann and brother-in-law Walter Bussmann; brother-in-law Del Siewert; nieces June Siewert, Ruth Anderson and Lois Zellman. Casket Bearers Marlin Melcher, Tony Chevalier, Dallas Schneider, Robert Gennrich, Roger Storms, Dallas Schmidt.

Funeral services were Saturday June 4, 2011 at 2 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church, Benton Township, Cologne with the Rev. Eric Zacharias officiating. Visitation was June 3 at Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia and at the church prior to the service. A prayer service was conducted Friday evening. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia, www.johnsonfh.com.