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Knute A. "Lanny" Henning '46
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Dear Classes of 1944, 1946, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014:

This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of Kunte A. "Lanny" Henning ('46) on Sunday, Jan. 24th.

Lanny was a 1946 Sacred Heart graduate, the brother of Sharlene (Henning) Benson ('52), Judy (Henning) Aagesen ('54), the late James Henning ('44) and Nancy (Henning) Kurk ('57), the father of Michael Henning ('76), Kristin (Henning) Moss ('77), Janine (Henning) Carson ('78), Thomas Henning* ('80) and John Henning* ('82) and the grandfather of Graham Carson ('09), Grace Carson ('10), Madeline Carson ('12), Christian Henning ('12), Franklin Henning ('13) Therese Carson ('14), Margaret Henning ('16) and Samuel Henning ('18).




Knute A. (Lanny) Henning, age 86, died in Fargo on January 24, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He died of a head injury resulting from a fall.

Lanny was the son of Knute A. and Marian (Hamm) Henning. He was born in Jamestown, ND, on September 7, 1929, baptized at the Basilica of St James in Jamestown, and raised in Fargo.

He attended St Mary’s elementary school and Sacred Heart Academy (Class of ’46) in Fargo. His college education was interrupted by his service in the Air Force as an airplane mechanic during the Korean War. Following his military service he completed his education at North Dakota State College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (NDSU) earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1953.

On May 4, 1957, Lanny was united in marriage with Charlotte Joan McMillan at St Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo.

Lanny was a licensed engineer in several states and very active in his profession. He began his career with Gausman & Moore in the Twin Cities then returned to Fargo as a partner with a consulting engineering firm (initially named Mooney, Henning & Associates) designing plumbing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems for hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and other buildings throughout ND, SD, and northern MN. He provided notable contributions to the Construction Specifications Institute and was commended for his 15 years of outstanding service on the North Dakota State Board of Plumbing.

He was a lifelong North Dakota resident and proud of his Norwegian/German heritage. He was an extraordinary father, husband, grandfather, and friend, and had a strong commitment to his family and faith. He was a long time parishioner of Holy Spirit Parish and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was extremely well-read with an amazing memory, ready to converse (at length) on nearly any topic one wished to discuss.

He was a gifted teacher and mentor, and will be remembered for many virtues:

  • He believed knowledge and education are of paramount importance and that experience is the best teacher.
  • He showed love and concern for those less fortunate. He liked to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to the needy.
  • He spent little on himself and gave generously to many.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother James, sister Nancy Kurk, son Richard (died 1967) and infant daughter Mary Ann.

Lanny is survived by his wife of 58 years, Char; two sisters, Judy (Jim) Aagesen of Wilmar, MN and Sharlene Benson of Evergreen, CO; five children, Michael (Mary) Henning of Woodbury, MN, Kristin (Ron) Moss of Shoreview, MN, Janine (Paul) Carson of Fargo, ND, Thomas (Barb) Henning of Sheboygan, WI and John (Jean) Henning of Fargo, ND; 18 grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 5:00 – 7:00 pm Friday, January 29, at Holy Spirit Church in Fargo followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 am Saturday, January 30, at Holy Spirit Church proceeded by Visitation at 10:00 am.

Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery, north Fargo following Mass.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the New Life Center, 1902 3rd Ave N, Fargo, ND, 58102 or St Gianna’s Maternity Home, 15605 County Road 15, Minto, ND 58261.



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