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Elmer Henke

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The funeral service for Elmer Henke of New Ulm, and formerly of Wadena, will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Wadena, with Pastor Stephen Meltzer presiding. Elmer passed away on August 31, 2012, at his home in New Ulm, at the age of 96 years.

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Elmer William Walter Henke was born on May 5, 1916, in Penn Township, McLeod County, Brownton, Minn. He was the son of Emil and Minnie (Lentz) Henke. He was baptized when he was 3 days old due to illness and was later confirmed as a youth at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bartlett Township, rural Verndale. He attended grade school at District #80, near Staples.

On Oct. 6, 1940, Elmer was united in marriage to Lillian Meinhardt at the Bartlett Immanuel Lutheran Church and they were later blessed with three sons.

Elmer and Lillian farmed until 1950, when they moved to the Wadena area. In 1954, they moved to New Ulm, where Elmer was employed at the New Ulm Grocery Distribution. He drove truck supplying groceries in southern and central Minnesota. In 1978, he retired, and the couple moved back to Wadena. By November, he started work at Super Value and stayed as a part-time employee for 33 years.

Elmer enjoyed fishing, hunting and operating a steam engine at farm shows. He also enjoyed woodworking in his shop, where he made furniture and grandfathers clocks.

Most of all, Elmer enjoyed time with his family. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Wadena and had held church offices as a member of Immanuel Lutheran and St. Paul's Lutheran Churches in New Ulm. He had also been a member of the Dalton Church.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Minnie, and one brother. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; sons, Douglas (friend Sharon Henke) of Kenyon; Galen (Barb) of Shakopee and Dwayne of New Ulm;  grandchildren, Robert of New Ulm, Dana (Ronda) of Bakersfield, Calif. and Ann (Steve) Goldie of Nelson; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Zelda Stresemann of Glenwood; and several nieces and nephews.

Burial was in Wadena Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes' Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena.

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