Obituaries 12-10-2013

December 10, 2013
By

Robert LaVerne Henninger

Of South Dakota

Robert LaVerne Henninger of Brookings, South Dakota went Home to be with The Lord at his daughter’s home under Hospice Care. He was 80 years old.

Robert, who was born on January 5, 1933 to August and Maggie (Heiniger) Henninger in Bern, Kansas and faithfully served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. He worked for Boeing in Seattle, WA from 1956 to 1963. On December 7, 1957, Robert married the love of his life, Joanne Vernon, in Vancouver, Washington. Together, they were blessed with three children; Bonnie, Brenda, and Shari.

Robert worked for the Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington starting in 1963 and retiring as an Operations Crew Chief in 1993. He was a member of the Beacon Lutheran Church where he served as an elder, treasurer, janitor, groundskeeper, head of the Board of Trustees and also served as a Deacon. Robert loved to garden, tinker with cars and help others by taking them to church, helping with yard work, or anything else they needed help with. He loved to play cards, dominoes, cribbage, hand & foot, Yahtzee and he had a passion for music. He had a very good life.
Robert is survived by six sisters; Betty Collins, Alma Rohlmeier, Joann Wickham, Mary Tomlinson, Patricia Melton and Nancy Costello; one brother, Richard Henninger; three daughters; Bonnie and her husband, Doug Knox, Brenda and her husband, Bill Lepley, and Shari and her husband, Timothy Suhr; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and many friends and loved ones in Washngton, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, California, South Dakota, Iowa and Oregon.

A Celebration of Life Service was held at the home of his nephew, Donnie Fisher in Pawnee City, Nebraska. This was preceded by a gathering of friends and family at his sister, Betty Collins’ home in Pawnee City, Nebraska. Eidsness Funeral Home of Brooklings, South Dakota. assisted with local arrangements.

He was a blessing to all who met him and he will be greatly missed. May his memory be for a blessing.

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