Norman R. Hennings, 90Norman R. Hennings, age 90, of Red Wing, and formerly of Zumbrota, died peacefully at his home at Deer Crest in Red Wing on Friday, March 30, with family by his side.
Norman R. Hennings, age 90, of Red Wing, and formerly of Zumbrota, died peacefully at his home at Deer Crest in Red Wing on Friday, March 30, with family by his side.
Norman Ray Hennings was born Dec. 15, 1921, in St. Paul, Minn., to Norman G. and Jessie K. (nee Hubbard) Hennings. Growing up in St. Paul, he was a member of the boys' choir at St. John's Episcopal Church and enjoyed playing baseball with his friends. He also had many wonderful memories of times spent with his family visiting the Skones at their farm in Cushing, Wis., and vacationing and fishing at the Whitefish chain of lakes.
He graduated from Central High School in St. Paul and attended Macalester College. He joined the United States Navy in 1942, serving as a naval aviator and flight instructor during World War II. While stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas, he met the love of his life, Lorean “Lonnie” Justice. They were married on Feb. 10, 1945. After he was honorably discharged, they lived in St. Paul and later made their home in Zumbrota, where he lived until 2001. He then moved to Red Wing.
He served on the Minnesota State Patrol for 25 years before retiring and later worked on the Zumbrota Police Force part time. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, spending time at the lake, socializing, and taking his beloved dogs for rides in his car. He had great love and pride for his grandchildren and cherished every moment he spent with them. He was respected and loved by family and his many friends.
He was a member of United Redeemer Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, Cub master, life member of the VFW, and was a Mason at the Oriental Lodge No. 34 in Cannon Falls, Minn.
Norman is survived by one son, Jeff (Janelle) Hennings of Olympia, Wash.; two daughters, Jan Johnson of South Haven, Minn., and Gayle (Ben) Boldt of Red Wing; three grandchildren, Jessie Lorean Boldt, Sumner Justice Boldt, and Benjamin Wesley Boldt.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and sister, Sheryll Sorlie.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 6, at United Redeemer Lutheran Church in Zumbrota with the Reverend Tom Isaacson officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Zumbrota VFW, will be in the Zumbrota Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Larson Chapel, in Zumbrota, and 1 hour prior to the service on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Ebenezer Foundation, Senior Services, 2722 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407 or the U.S.O.
Online memorials are being welcomed and may be created at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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