Ernest Henninger, 89, lifelong resident of Barnum Twp., died peacefully on Friday, October 29, 2021 in Sandstone Health Care Center. He was born on April 29, 1932 in Barnum to Ralph and Nora Henninger. Ernie attended Central School and later began a 44-year career at Diamond Match in Cloquet. He met Marilyn Pfisthner at the Carlton County Fair and they later married on July 26, 1952. Ernie loved to work on cars and tractors through the years and was well known for his ability to fix anything. He worked hard through the years and was known to his family for having used up his 9 lives while “trying to get something accomplished for the day”. Ernie also liked to deer hunt. His biggest joy was sharing his fixing and hunting skills with his grandkids through the years. Ernie will be remembered as a good man with a strong-willed personality that was complimented with a fun, joking sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Ralph and Nora Henninger and two brothers: James Henninger and Vernon Henninger.
Ernie will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 69 years, Marilyn; two daughters: Glenda (Mike) Svacina and Janice (John) Gitzen; three grandchildren: Michael (Jackie) Svacina, Jr.; Shawna (Dale) Olbekson; and Lindsay (Jake) Calliguri; four great grandchildren: Kaylee, Maverick, Monico, and Ashley; 6 great great grandchildren: Justin, Lane, Lacey, Ellianna, Harper, and Barrett; sister: Eleanor (Marvin) Rilea; three brothers: Ed (Alyce) Henninger, Don (Carol) Henninger, and Gordy (Rosie) Henninger; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. Memorial Service on Thursday, November 4, 2021 in Barnum Community United Methodist Church. Pastor Kendall Carlson will officiate. Inurnment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Barnum followed by luncheon and fellowship in the church social hall.
Arrangements by locally owned and operated, Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.