5-7:00 P.M. Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
1-2:00 P.M. Friday, October 12, 2012 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo.
7:00 P.M. Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
FUNERAL MASS: 2:00 P.M. Friday, October 12, 2012 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Robert Royal Longhenry passed away in the early morning of Tuesday October 9, 2012 at Sanford Hospital Palliative Care Unit.
He was born on January 4, 1932 in St Paul MN to Royal and Mayken Longhenry. He Graduated from North St Paul High School in 1950, earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1955 and began work for Honeywell. In 1958 he became a member of the NDSU Electrical Engineering faculty in Fargo, ND. He continued his studies, while teaching at NDSU, and received an MS from the U of M in 1963. He married Patricia Ginnaty on June 1, 1963 and started 49 years together. He completed his doctoral course work at Northwestern University while on a NSF grant and returned to teach at NDSU, receiving the Robert Odney Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1988, until his retirement in 1991.
He had a great passion for the gladiolus flower that started in 4H where his mentor Gus Sindt taught him how to hybridize the flowers. He was Vice President of the Minnesota Gladiolus Society for more than 20 years. He was a founding member of the Fargo-Moorhead Horticulture Society, a member of the North American Gladiolus Society and a life member of the Winnipeg Gladiolus and Dahlia Society. He introduced numerous gladioli that are now commercially grown: About Face, Patricia Ann, Glogirl, Lingerie and Rose Punch. He won numerous awards; the most recent being Grand Champion of the Minnesota State Fair in 2011 and the NAGC Gold Medal in 2012.
While he achieved much in his life and received many honors and awards, family was always first. He is survived by his loving wife Patricia, children Mary Beth Brees and Dan (Sheri) Longhenry, grandchildren Alyssa Brees, Mark and Abby Longhenry, great grandchild Morgan Kummeth and two brothers: Edward (Jayne) and Donald.