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Roger Henning, age 64, of Grenville, SD, was a devoted son, kind brother and uncle, always making time to stay in touch with family and friends. He died suddenly earlier this week of accidental causes.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 A.M. Friday March 18, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grenville. Summer inurnment to rest eternally will be near his beloved grandparents, Conrad & Valeria Henning in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday 5-7 P.M. with a 6:30 liturgical wake service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to a charity of your choice.
Roger was the son of Henry & Dorothy (Paszek) Henning. He grew up on the family farm. In the days of CB radios, his handle was the “Artful Dodger”, a play on the novel, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. After he graduated from Webster High School in 1975, he worked for John Deere until he attended SDSU where he graduated as a Mechanical Engineer. He was employed by General Dynamics in California and later relocated to North Platte, Nebraska where he continued his career with Gerald Gentleman Station, the state’s largest electricity generating plant. When Roger’s mother developed Alzheimer’s, he relocated to the Webster/Grenville area to be closer to his family. He worked as an inspector for steam powered generators, road construction and later for a union responsible for inspecting pipelines until his retirement.
Roger made friends wherever the job took him. He lived life simply and humbly, enjoying the time spent playing cards, hunting and fishing, and visiting with friends and family. Roger came home to Grenville and treasured his local community, faith and friends.
He is survived by two brothers, Duane (Ellen) Henning of Bakersfield, CA, and Ken (Patty) Henning of Harrisburg, SD, and sister, Jane (Val) Jaspers of Watertown, SD, plus 8 nieces and nephews and 7 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Scott Henning.
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