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Harland A. Henke, 93

Aug 24, 2014

Farmington Harland Alfred Henke, age 93, of Farmington, a loving and caring man, passed away Saturday, Aug.16, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the Vermillion Presbyterian Church, with visitation one hour prior. Interment with Honors is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Assembly Area #2.

Born on May 29, 1921, in Armstrong, Iowa, to Fred and Mabel S. (Groth) Henke, Harland was the eldest of six children. He graduated from Blue Earth High School and attended college at Gustavus Adolphus, St. Peter, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, majoring in electrical engineering. Harland proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Suwannee CVE-27 in the South Pacific during World War II.

He married Shirley Miner, of Winnebago, on March 2, 1945. Harland retired from Dakota Electric Association, Farmington, where he served as Member Service Director.

Harland enjoyed sports and was a fierce competitor on the tennis court and golf course. He also was an avid pool player, card player and fisherman. Harland was a member of the Farmington VFW and a lifetime member of the Blue Earth American Legion.

Harland met many outstanding care givers during his journey and received excellent medical care from the Minneapolis Veteran’s Hospital, Dr. Meyer and Amy, RN, his Home Health Nurse as well as at Trinity Terrace Assisted Living. He thoroughly enjoyed attending the Ebenezer Day Program with his veteran comrades. “Non sibi sed patriae” (Not self but country).

He is survived by his wife Shirley; daughters Sharon Goodman (James Kalash) and Jill (Richard) Devanney; son Jack (Cindy) Henke; brother Robert (Marce) Henke; grandchildren Sheri Goodman, Ashley Henke, and Jenna Devanney; six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughters Amy Marie Goodman and Melissa Chaney (Henke), grandson Nathanial Henke, sisters Arlene Wilke, Lucille Pirsig, Margorie Holland and Maxine Ikier.

The family prefers no flowers. Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, Apple Valley, (952) 432-2331. obit.HenryWAnderson.com