Vincent J. Henrich
The Mass of Christian Burial for Vincent J. Henrich, of Wadena, will be celebrated at 11:00a.m. on Monday February 24, 2014, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena. Friends may call at the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena on Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with Parish Prayers at 6:00 p.m. and Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:00 p.m.. Visitation will resume at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Vincent passed away, at the age of 101, on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at the Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena.
Born in a farm house located in East Orange Township, Sioux County, Iowa on October 9, 1912, the son of Peter N. and Catherine (Plathe) Henrich.
The Henrich family moved to Madison, MN. in 1920, where they farmed and where Vince graduated from eighth grade and grew to manhood.
Vince first worked at an implement dealership and then went to Los Angeles, California, where he worked at the Boeing Aircraft Plant. On May 28,1942, Vince was drafted into the armed services. During Vince's three and half year tenor with the Army, he obtained the rank of Sergeant (Technician 4th Grade) and fought in the second worst battle in WW 2, the battle of Attu.
Upon honorable discharge, Vince returned to his job as an implement dealer and later co-purchased a John Deere dealership in Wadena, MN, where he worked for thirty-five years. Vince then started a second career as a Homelite Chainsaw dealer; which he owned and operated for twenty-five years.
Vince married Dorothy Beurge on November 10th, 1949. They raised four children, Dianna (married to Lyle Spencer), Kathy (married to the late Dale Barnhart) Michael (married to Sue Eiden) and Vince.
Vince enjoyed gardening, hard work and visiting with people. He was very active in the Catholic Church and the Veteran's of Foreign War (VFW) club. Vince was the Poppy Chairman for the Wadena VFW for about 40 years; where he designed and created numerous Poppy Boards and Poppy Floats for this VFW post. Several of Vince's designs won Best Poppy Board design at a National level. He was also an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus and the Wadena Elks Club.
Vince was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Henrich; his parents Peter and Catherine Henrich; his brothers Elmer, Ervin, Cletus, his sisters Clarinda, Sylvia, Hilaria; and his son-in- law Dale Barnhart.
Vince is survived and will be greatly missed by his children: Dianna & Lyle, Kathy, Mike & Sue, and Vince; his brother Peter; his sisters Armella Romansky and Theresa Henrich; his grandchildren Sherry & Lance Linnes, Jenifer & Jay Hotakainen, Becky & Joe Delgado, Beth Barnhart, Nicole & Ramiro Garcia, Samantha & Kyle Horsman, and Brandon Henrich; his great-grandchildren Lee and Emma Hotakainen, Ezekiel and Josephine Delgado, Juliana Garcia, Caden Horsman.
Military honors will be provided by the Elmer Goche Post 3922, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wadena, MN.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Wadena.
Arrangements are with the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena. (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)