Don Henkenius

September 5, 2018

ELGIN — Services for Don Henkenius, 86, Elgin, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at St. Boniface Church in Elgin. The Rev. Kevin Vogel will officiate. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the church with a 7 p.m. wake.

He died Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin is in charge of arrangements.


John Donald Henkenius, son of William and Irene Catherine (Kuester) Henkenius, was born Aug. 14, 1932, on the family’s farm west of Elgin. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church in Elgin, attended St. Boniface School through the ninth grade and received his high school diploma at a Veteran’s Day program from Elgin High School in 2001. He entered the U.S. Army on Feb. 4, 1953, and served until being honorably discharged on Jan. 26, 1955, with the rank of corporal.

On Oct. 12, 1955, Don married Shirley Ann Sehi at St. John’s Catholic Church in rural Clearwater. The couple made their home southeast of Elgin until moving to rural Clearwater, where Don farmed until he suffered a heart attack in 1966. They moved to Elgin, and Don bartended at Pines Bar and worked as a janitor at Elgin Public School until his retirement in 1997.

Don was a lifelong member of St. Boniface Church and a member of VFW Post 5816 of Elgin. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gambling and playing cards.

He is survived by his spouse, Shirley Henkenius of Elgin; his sons, Larry Henkenius of Elgin and Don Jr. (Jen) Henkenius of Clearwater; his daughters, Patricia (Duane) Ohlrich of Columbus, Linda (John) Nadolski of Valentine, Mary (Bob) Bauer of Elgin, Diane (Kasey) Landers of Abilene, Kan., and Janet (Bert) Dozler of Elgin; his daughter-in-law, Brenda Henkenius Towns of Giltner; 21 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren with two on the way; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Edward; a daughter, Sharon; a sister, Donna McGrath and her spouse, Charlie; and an infant sister.

Condolences by be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.

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