Irving R. Hennings
May 20, 1925 — April 24, 2017
Irving R. Hennings Sr. passed away peacefully April 24, 2017, at the age of 91 years young. He was born May 20, 1925, to Gerald and Marjorie Hennings and was the oldest of 10 children. He grew up in Duluth, Minn., where he enjoyed winter sports and played saxophone in the high school band. He entered World War II as a paratrooper in the 17th Airborne Division. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and his unit jumped into Germany in Operation Varsity. He was awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the Presidential Citation for Valor under extreme combat conditions. Irving left the Army as a staff sergeant and married his sweetheart and pen pal of World War II, Elizabeth Ann Hicken.
They had two sons, Irving R. Jr. (Skip) (wife Marilyn), and Steven K. (wife Ann). Irving eventually moved to Milwaukee, where he and his good friend, Chuck, started North Star Express Trucking Company. Serious health issues unfortunately forced him to sell his share of the company.
After recovering, he started a new career in carpentry and eventually retired from the Milwaukee Carpenters Union. Irving’s favorite pastimes were kayaking, cross-country skiing, and singing in numerous church choirs as well as the Florentine Opera Company.
Irving is survived by his two sons and their wives; seven grandchildren, Peter Gott, Amy Canard (Greg), Tricia Meloy (Kenneth), Lisa Brennan (Sean), Jenny Gott and Jennifer Reynoso (Jose); and 20 great-grandchildren. Irving is further survived by David Hennings and Helen Hartley, Delores and Dale Lindholm, Penny Hennings, Johny Sidwell, Elwood and Edna Hennings, Jerry Hennings, Dick and Pat Hennings, Rachel and Jeff Rice, and many more relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elizabeth; sisters Lois and Phyllis; brother Don; and grandson Bryan Gott.
Visitation will be Saturday, April 29, at Harder Funeral Home, 18700 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Wales Cemetery, Wales.
In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorials to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wales would be appreciated.
Harder Funeral Home of Brookfield is serving the family. For more information, call 262-781-8350 or visit online atwww.harderfuneralhome.com.