Russell E. Hentges, age 88, of St. Bonifacius, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 28, 1931, in Watertown, the son of William and Bertha (Grolla) Hentges. Russell grew up on a farm in the Watertown/Delano area.
As a teenager, he worked at farms in North Dakota and then was drafted into the Army, spending time in Japan.
Russell married Charlotte Nov. 19, 1955, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano, and raised eight children.
A hard worker, Russell worked for over 30 years at Plehal Blacktopping.
He could fix anything if he didn’t know how, he would go to the library, read a book on it, and get the job done. Whether it was woodworking, electrical, or fixing cars, there wasn’t a job he wouldn’t take on.
Russell loved making homemade sauerkraut and head cheese. He liked gardening, going to auctions, and just tinkering with anything around the house. He taught his children to fish, hunt, and to butcher whatever animals they hunted. He also enjoyed going to the casino.
Russell was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte; daughter Cindy Hentges; parents William and Bertha Hentges; infant granddaughter, Rebecca Secord; sons-in-law Gus Larson, and Ron Secord; brothers Clifford, Dutch, Mickey, Marvin and DeVern Hentges; and sisters Adeline Quast, Luella Schultz, and Irene Hentges.
He is survived by his loving family: children and spouses Patty and Tim Salonek of Columbia Heights, Tim Hentges of New Germany, Mary Secord of Lino Lakes, Laura McCarthy of East Bethel, Barb and Mike Tooze of Cedar, Lizz Hentges, and Tony Hentges, both of New Germany; grandchildren Stephanie Larson, Leslie Hentges, Steve (Christina) Salonek, Willie Tooze, Jimmy Secord, Zac Tooze, Ellen Hentges, Erik Hentges, Kacie McCarthy, Neil McCarthy, and Angie Salonek; great-grandchildren April Howland, Logan Larson, Alexis Kupsch, Lakeisha Barnes, Madison Salonek, Dempsey Duncan, Leila Salonek, Gavin Salonek, Stella Salonek, and Deliahana Larson; and great-great-grandchildren Duboris Yarbrough, Skye Yarbrough, and Deon Yarbrough.
Russell is further survived by sisters-in-law Mae Hentges of St. Bonifacius, Loelita Hentges of Delano, and LaVon Hentges of Excelsior; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius, with Father Allan Paul Eilen as celebrant of the Mass. Interment was at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.
There was visitation Monday, Jan. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, continuing Tuesday, one hour prior to the Mass.
Casket bearers were Stephanie Larson, Steven Salonek, Willie Tooze, Erik Hentges, Ellen Hentges, James Secord, and Leslie Hentges.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.