Paul David Hennings, March 1, 1943-April 9, 2020.
Paul Hennings quietly passed away at 9:45 PM April 9, 2020 after a short battle with cancer with his wife Verla Hennings and sister Eileen Rick by his side at Essentia Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Selma Hennings and brother-in-law George Rick, Moorhead, MN. He is survived by his wife Verla Hennings (Clemenson), Fargo, ND, sisters Eileen Rick, Moorhead, MN, Shirley Lambert (Keith), Hull IA, son Nevin Clemenson, Fargo, ND, nieces and nephews, three grandsons, a granddaughter, one great grandson, and his extended family at Swannie’s Campground, Lake Park, MN.
Paul grew up on a farm near Durbin, ND attending elementary school and secondary school in Durbin. While in Durbin, Paul helped out several neighbors with painting around their farms, all while. maintaining his chores on his parent’s farm. He later moved with the family to Fargo, ND in 1959.
Paul graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1961, and from there he went into the painter’s apprenticeship program receiving certificates in painting and paperhanging. Prior to entering the apprenticeship program, he started working for his uncles at Hennings Painting and Decorating and earned his journeyman painter’s certification. After his uncles retired, Paul went to work for Swanson and Youngdale out of Minneapolis, MN. After SY closed down operations in Moorhead, MN, Paul went on to Craig Geron Creative Arts, finally retiring in 2012, after 51 years. During his 51-year career Paul was an active member of the Painter union, including serving as union president for a period of time.
Paul met Verla in 1974 in Fargo, ND. They were united in marriage on June 27, 1981.
Paul was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing when he could. He enjoyed racing, so much so, that at one time he was a partial owner of a couple sprint cars and even owned and drove a ¾ midget race car. Later in life he enjoyed taking trips with family.
A small family funeral will be held on Saturday April 18, 2020 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo, ND with internment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to The American Cancer Society in Paul’s name.