Gary E. Henning, 61 of Kearney, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney after a battle with cancer. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10, at First Lutheran Church in Kearney. The Rev. Eric Lesher and the Rev. Rebecca McDermott will officiate. Interment will be in the Kearney Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8pm, Thursday at O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney. Memorials are suggested to the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt Foundation and the Harvey and Betty Henning Family Scholarship Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation. On-line condolences may be submitted to osrfh.com. O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney is in charge of arrangements.
Gary was born Jan. 28, 1951, in Kearney to Harvey and Betty (Saathoff) Henning. May 3, 1975, he married Judy Monson.
Gary was educated in Kearney Public Schools and graduated from Kearney High School in 1969. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Kearney State Collage in 1973. He worked his entire life at Cash Wa Distributing where he was executive vice president. He also owned and managed Broken Bow Wholesale, Broken Bow, from 1980-89.
Gary was an avid hunter. He was a past shooter and board member of the Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt in Broken Bow. He was a member of the 2006 Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt Past Shooter Champion Team. He was also a member of the Nebraska One Box Foundation Board. He enjoyed fishing and playing golf.
His yellow lab "Jake" was a master hunter and a Grand Hunting Retriever Champion. He competed in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 HRCH International Grand Competitions.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Kearney and Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Broken Bow. He attended Bible Camp as a youth and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Gary was also a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Ron Morris Lodge, Scottish Rite, and Fort Kearney Shrine Club.
Survivors include his wife of Kearney; daughters, Nicole Henning-McNeil and her husband Jason of Greenville, SC, Stacy Henning and friend Jeremy Hurt of Kearney; brothers, Tom and wife Mary, Bob and wife Michele, all of Kearney, Greg and wife Suanne of North Platte, Stephen and wife Stacey of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; sister-in-law, Janice and Mario Garza of Pembroke Pines, Fla. Nephews include Chad and wife Melissa of Kearney, Mathew of North Platte, and Christopher of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; and nieces, Michelle Harter and husband Andy of Kearney, and Kaleena Shannon and husband Brian of Lincoln, Bianca Aravena and Crystal Busciglio both of Tampa, Fla. Survivors also include eight grand-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; niece, Bari Lou Henning, and father-in-law Russell Monson.
Published in Custer County Chief, Aug. 9, 2012