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Milton Henke, 97

Apr 4, 2010

Blue Earth — Milton Henke, age 97, of Blue Earth, died March 29, 2010, at United Hospital, Blue Earth. Memorial Services were held April 3, 2010, at 11 a.m., at Hope United Methodist Church in Blue Earth. The Rev. Wane Souhrada officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Milton was born Sept. 14, 1912, at Kiester, the son of Emil and Agnes (Henke) Henke. He was a 1930 graduate of Blue Earth High School and was a lifetime Blue Earth resident. Milt worked at his father’s business, Blue Earth Auto Hospital, following high school. He was married to Beatrice A. Henke on Aug. 26, 1935, in Blue Earth. When his father retired in 1958, Milt and his brother Herb “Hubs” purchased the family business which became Blue Earth Body and Fender Works. The brothers continued to own and operate the business until retirement in 1978. Milt was a 30-year member of the Blue Earth Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as Chief from 1953 to 1969. He was also a lifetime member of Salem United Methodist Church, now Hope United Methodist Church, where he was one of the founders of the Home Builders Sunday School Classes. Milt enjoyed traveling, camping, woodworking, hunting, fishing and photography.

Milton is survived by his sons, Roger (Margaret) Henke, of Redwing, and Donald (Janet) Henke, of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth (Fran) Henke, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beatrice in 2000; son, Allen Henke; daughter, Marilyn Henke; brother, Herbert Henke; and two sisters, Bernice Henke and June Shiffler.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com