George Maurice Henningsen

January 14, 1934 ~ March 22, 2019

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George M. Henningsen, 85, Sioux Falls, died Friday, March 22, 2019, at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center.

Visitation with family present will be 5-7 PM, Monday, March 25, 2019, at Heartland Funeral Home, with Masonic Rites at 7 PM. Visitation will resume at 10 AM Tuesday, March 26, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls. Funeral services will begin at 11 AM. Interment will follow at Hills of Rest Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Shriner’s Healthcare for Children – Twin Cities in George’s memory. The following link may be used: https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/give/119312/?utm_source=shcmain#!/donation/checkout

In the event of flooding on Rice Street during Monday’s Visitation, Heartland Funeral Home may be reached by driving North on Veteran’s Memorial Highway (Highway 11) to Rice and turning right (East). We are approximately 1.5 miles east. Veteran’s Memorial Highway can be reached from North Sycamore and Madison Ave. or by intersecting on E. 10th (Highway 42).

George Maurice Henningsen was born January 14, 1934 to Joice and Georgina (Tomasko) Henningsen in Minneapolis, MN. He was raised there and attended Breck Military Academy in St. Paul, MN. He then joined the United States Marine Corp. and served during the Korean War. After the military, he attended The University of Minnesota and Minnesota School of Business. On July 28, 1956, George was united in marriage to Gladys Bremer in Fulda, MN. He was a senior sales representative for 31 years for Reckett and Colman before he retired in 1989. George and his family lived in Owatonna, MN before moving to Sioux Falls in 1966. After his retirement, George began volunteering for Sioux Valley and McKennan Hospitals. In 1994 he was Volunteer of the Month and later became employed at Sioux Valley Hospital and in 1996 became Admissions Employee of the Month.

George was a member of the El Riad Shrine, serving as Potentate in 1987. In April 2006, he received the Certificate of Completion High Touch Service Excellence Training, and served as a volunteer with many organizations in Sioux Falls. He was also a long time member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.

George will be deeply missed by his wife, Gladys; three children, Gary (Heather) Henningsen, Sioux Falls, Gayla (Michael) Adrian, Morgantown, WV, and Gerald Henningsen, Sioux Falls; four grandchildren, Christopher Henningsen, Andrea (Jake) Thornton, Chelaine (Sam) Furgason, Carleen Garrett; six grandchildren through marriage; five great-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren through marriage; and one sister, Beverly Goodsell, Bethesda, MD.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Joice and Georgiana; and one grandson, Jacob Henningsen.

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  • Steve Evjen says:

    Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss of this wonderful man! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. My life was made better by knowing and loving George, and his family.
    George, thanks for all you did for myself and a bunch of Gary’s other buddies! You knew what we were thinking before we did, and were always there to help, support, and guide us as young men!
    You also let an umpire (or two) know what your opinion was of their ability! Your big smile and warm heart has been passed on throughout your family!
    Rest in Peace my friend! God Bless you and your family!
    Love, Steve Evjen (And my family)

  • Gary Evjen says:

    Sad to hear this new. May you Rest In Peace George. He was always a friendly
    Smile helpful in his role as a volunteer at Sanford
    God Bless Gladys and family.
    Thoughts and Prayers
    Gary and Rosemary Evjen.

  • Larry Ayres says:

    George was quite a friend through our years in the Cosmopolitan Club where we first met. His smile and friendly approach to everyone will be missed. People like George are only encountered seldom in life; to have him as a friend was a true honor.

  • Larry Johnson says:

    Rest in Peace.Larry Johnson El Road Shrine Circus Comm

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