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Knute A. "Lanny" Henning

September 07, 1929 - January 24, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial - Saturday

January 30, 2016
- 11:00 AM Saturday

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo

Prayer Service - Friday

January 29, 2016
- 7:00 PM

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo

Visitation - Friday

January 29, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Knute A. "Lanny" Henning

September 07, 1929 - January 24, 2016


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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22 responses to “Knute Henning”

  1. Chris and Yvonne Ebertz says:

    God bless the family of Lanny Henning Thank you for sharing Lanny with our family. The Lord has blessed us in knowing Lanny

  2. Judy kubalak says:

    So very sorry to hear of your loss . RIP. Godspeed

  3. Pat Ebertz says:

    My deepest sympathies and prayers for you at the loss of your beloved Lanny! God Bless his soul. My uncle couldn’t have had a better brother in his caring cousin! I’m sure Fr Rudd was waiting at the entrance to Heaven to welcome him into Paradise with our Lord and all the saints!

  4. Pam Henning says:

    Im so very sorry. My prayers go out to all of the family. God Bless,

  5. Rob Gibb says:

    Thanks for the wonderful memories, Mr. Henning. Your light shone brightly and was seen by all. Your legacy lives on in your awesome offspring. Godspeed & Rest in Peace.

  6. Brett Blegen says:

    We will pray for Lanny as he goes to be with those that have gone before us. I’m sure he will be missed by all family an friends.

  7. Sue Clemens-Bibo says:

    Sad to read this. You will miss him dearly. May he rest in peace.

  8. Cecelia and Mike O'Keefe says:

    Deepest Sympathies to you Char, and all the family! Our son Brian also sends condolences; he always had neat conversations with Lanny when he was at coffee and rolls at Holy Spirit and really enjoyed knowing Lanny.
    You are in our prayers!
    Cece and Mike

  9. jerry bannerman says:

    Our deepest sympathies to the Henning Family. I remember Knute in Boys Scouts at Ho;y Spirit. He always hada great outlook on life and was so full on energy. Sorry for you loss.

  10. Sue Woodhall says:

    Mike and family,
    My deep sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. May you find comfort and strength in the company of family and friends and all those who hold you in their thoughts and prayers. May God’s peace be yours and may it sustain you now and in the days to come.

  11. Gary Fischer says:


    I am very sorry about the death of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Gary Fischer

  12. Beth (Tompt) Cummings (eldest daughter of Ken & Rachel Tompt) says:

    So very sorry to hear of Lanny’s passing. I remember him well from a number of different situations – the first being when he and Jim Mooney shared office space with my dad, Ken Tompt. I remember him being in the office watching the WDAY band parade with us on the Saturday morning when my youngest sister was born (1958). I also saw and visited with him when I spent some time working in my father’s office (1968). Later we chatted at length at the funeral of a mutual friend, Fred Chezick. Lanny was always a joy to talk to and I’m sure the hole in your family’s hearts will be large, but filled with wonderful memories. Much sympathy to all of the Henning family.

    Sincerely, Beth Tompt Cummings, currently of Sioux Falls, SD

  13. Michael Ebertz MD says:

    Char and Family, I was so sad to hear of the loss of our beloved Lanny. He was such an inspiration to so many on how he lived (in both word and deed). I will cherish forever the long talks I was privileged to hear between him and my uncle Father Dick Rudd on many occasions in Jamestown at family get togethers. Those two were quite the pair. Also, how great he was to my mother Glory Ebertz when you, Char, Kris and him came to see my Mom before her death from her battle with pancreatic cancer. God bless you all and give you comfort during this time of loss. Your Cousins, Michael, Donna, Audrey and Grace Ebertz

  14. Tim & Tracy Roche says:

    Our deepest condolences to each of you.

  15. Larry Olson says:

    Char & family my thoughts & prayers are with you. And blessings to you Lanny for all that you did for others. I had the opportunity to work at Mooney, Henning & Metz and have wonderful memories of the time spent there.

  16. Chuck & Vonnie Haeffner Anaconda, MT says:

    We very sorry to see Lanny leave us, but to know him we are a bit better then to not have know him. I could never be that soft spoken as he was. I wonder did he ever get mad and raise his voice or temper? Salute him for being such a gentleman and making us al more like him. Lanny until we meet again and continue our friendship. Lord take care of you, Chuck & Vonnie Haeffner

  17. John Trandem says:

    It’s been many years since I saw Lanny, but I remember him well! As a young person I always admired his white Olds 98 and gray Cadillac and knew him as a very pleasant and conversational person. I especially remember a conversation on 11th St. in 1996 when we discussed the National GOP Convention and his encouragement when I told him I was working on writing a synopsis of the particulars and points of interest of the event. He was very enthusiastic that I was doing so, as a 21 yr. old kid, and it made me feel as though it was a significant endeavor. I only recently found out about our commonality in property ownership on Juggler Lake in MN, which was a big surprise! May God bless and comfort you, Char, and all the kids and grandchildren in his absence as you were blessed by his presence for these many years. What a legacy he left in his impact on so many- even those of who didn’t know him so intimately. He will be remembered fondly. I eulogized my grandfather with the inclusion of these verses 22-23 from Galatians and feel they are also appropriate for Lanny; But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

  18. Julie McDermott Caspers says:

    To Kris and the Henning family I was so sorry to hear about your Dad.

  19. Mrs. Joan Mulkern says:

    I was so sorry to hear of the death of your husband and father. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers.

  20. John Keltgen says:

    Mine and Bernadette’s prayers are for you Char.
    I Miss Lanny. Every time I visited Fargo I made contact with him and recalled old memories.
    I met Lanny at Sacred Heart academy in 1944. I came from Jamestown and his cousin Glory Rudd was a classmate. This started our friendship.
    We attended NDSU and chose mechanical engineering as our goal. In 1947 we hitchhiked to the West Coast, down to Mexico, and back to Fargo via LosVegas, Denver & Omaha.
    In the Nebraska, Lanny stepped on a rusty nail that went into his foot. That night we were sleeping on the side of the highway and his foot started to swell. We walked to a nearby town for medical help. The next day we were dropped off south of Fargo late at night. We finished the trip by Greyhound bus to Fargo. The next morning we had enough money remaining for each to have a milkshake.
    We had many memorable years, roommates in St. Paul, hunting, fishing, cardplaying, trips and conversations. Anyone that knew Lanny knows how he liked conversations.

  21. Maureta Studebaker says:

    Char, I am so sorry to learn of Lanny’s death. I wish you God’s peace.

  22. Catherine Henning Frost says:

    My uncle Lanny was such an important part of my life, I spent summers at his home with Char and my cousins. I remember him telling stories to my brothers and me around a fire in the woods at Pelican Lake where my grandparents had a cottage. Rest in peace dear uncle, you are missed but live on in our memories.

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