Edison Lyall Henning, 88, peacefully passed away on January 3, 2010, at the Hillsboro Medical Center Long Term Care.
Edison “Lyall” Henning was born in Hillsboro, ND, on January 22, 1921, to William C. and Anna (Broberg) Henning. He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1939 and then moved to California
where he trained with and worked for North American Aviation assembling military aircraft including the P-51 Mustang and B-25
Lyall served in Company L of the North Dakota National Guard and in the Pacific Theater with the United States Army during
Lyall married Lilly “Ione” Pilgren on December 14, 1941. They resided in California until Lyall’s return from overseas. They returned to Hillsboro. He worked in the family business, Henning Hardware, while spending several summers as owner and operator of the Dairy Queen in West Yellowstone, Montana.
Upon sale of the hardware business he worked as office manager for the Traill County Highway Department until his retirement in 1984. Ione retired after 18 years with the US PostalService and she and Lyall moved to Bullhead City, AZ, in 1986 where they would make their home for the next 14 years. He and Ione were charter members of Community Lutheran Church in Bullhead City.
Following Ione’s death in 2000, he returned to Hillsboro and lived at Kelleher Manor before entering the Hillsboro Long Term Care Center.
Lyall was a past commander and lifetime member of the Hillsboro VFW Post 4172 and American Legion Post 0004. He sang with the Trailsmen, was an active volunteer firefighter, and a lifetime member of the Elks.
He is survived by his brother Dale (Joan)Henning Seattle, WA; daughters Toni (Rob) Gunderson St. Joseph, MO; Sharon (Rich)Jurgens Grand Forks,ND; Laurel ( Aarne) Read Shannock, RI and son Bill(Bev) Henning Hawley, MN; very special friend Molly Thompson Hillsboro ND ; 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Lyall was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ione; brother, Wilton; and great grandson, Samual Lyall Read.
Lyall’s family is deeply grateful to the staff at the Hillsboro Long Term Care Center and Hospice of the Red River Valley for the compassionate care both our father and our family received.
Memorial Service will be Saturday, January 9, 2010, at 11:00 AM at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 204 Caledonia Ave. E. in Hillsboro, ND. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Wildeman Funeral Home in Hillsboro.