Harold George Henning passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, just eight days before his 85th birthday.
Following a long decline in health, Harold is now free of his diabetes and constant pain. Harold is survived by his wife Shirley (Hermann) Henning, his two children, David Henning and Susan (Henning) Peters (Keith), four grandchildren, Ryan (Brielle), Nicholas, Emily and Luke Peters, his brother Herbert Henning, his brother-in-law Harvey Albertin, three nephews, Daniel, James and Thomas Albertin, one niece Michelle (Henning) Woolwine. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto Henning and Leona (Wolfmeyer) Henning, his sister Ruth (Henning) Albertin, and a brother, Melvin Henning.
Harold was born and lived in Sheboygan, graduating from Central High in 1954. He married the love of his life Shirley in 1956. They built their house in 1960 and it became the family home in the truest sense of the word. Harold lived a rich and full life. He loved his wife Shirley deeply, treasuring her cooking and constant love and care. Harold was proud of his service in the US Navy. He worked at Kohler Company for almost 44 years, and was a lifetime member of Ebenezer UCC. He loved children, playing Santa Claus locally for 27 years, especially loved his children and grandchildren and was looking forward to his first great-grandchild soon.
Harold enjoyed old cars, particularly his 1951 Chevrolet and 1984 Buick. Over his lifetime he owned more than 80 cars, and had a fondness for Ford LTDs. As a member of the Fox Valley chapter of the Horseless Carriage, Harold served as its president and organized and went on many tours with the old cars. He enjoyed travelling, going on numerous family trips with his children and. travelling with his wife Shirley to Europe, Hawaii, the Rose Bowl and several cruises.
He liked to plant flowers in the front yard planter, and fry brats in the back yard. He enjoyed fixing cars and other machines. He liked dogs and tigers and had many four-legged friends. And Harold loved music and singing. He was a member of the Ebenezer UCC choir for more than 50 years, and was the host, writer and producer of the radio program The Voice of Song for 15 years. Harold loved to sing—show tunes, bouncy religious songs, big band and swing music—and had a great voice. On occasion he sang at karaoke, often Frank Sinatra, and singing at home brought him pleasure and calm.
A celebration of Harold’s life with military honors will take place at Ebenezer UCC, 3215 Saemann Avenue, Sheboygan on Saturday, May 1 at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Lorri Steward will officiate. Family and friends are welcome at the church from 9:00 AM until the time of service. Burial will follow at Sheboygan Falls Cemetery. (A face covering is required and social distancing is to be observed.)
In lieu of gifts, please make a donation in Harold’s name to Ebenezer United Church of Christ.
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