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Herman Enninga - June 12, 2011


Herman Frederick Enninga was born March 12, 1916 in Clay County, Neb. to Dirk and Henriek (Dieken) Enninga. He died and found peace with the heavenly Father on June 12, 2011 at 95 years of age.

He was the youngest of six children and had four brothers, Albert, Bob, Bill and Reemt, as well as one sister, Frieda. Herman was baptized into the Lutheran Church in Glenvil, Neb. He attended school there through the eighth grade and then continued to work on the family farm. He acquired his auctioneering certificate in the 1930s and then moved to Illinois to find work.

Herman was a decorated World War II veteran and hero. On April 22, 1941, he was drafted into the United States Army at the young age of 25. He trained in Rockford, Ill., and spent additional time training and serving the United States Army at locations around the country.

Herman married long-time Pauline, Neb. resident and schoolteacher Helen Roselle Anderson on Aug. 2, 1942. Immediately following, Herman was sent to Kauai, Hawaii, where he served at a radar station as Sergeant of the Guard. He then served as Staff Sergeant in Company L of the 123rd Infantry in both New Guinea and the Philippines, where he was wounded in battle.

He was awarded two purple hearts for his injuries, as well as two bronze stars for bravery. He also received the Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.

Upon his honorable discharge from the United States Army, Herman fulfilled his dream of being a farmer in Sedgwick. He and Helen were the proud parents of two sons, Donald and Lloyd. Herman served his community in many ways, serving on various boards and committees within the Lutheran Church and the school systems in Julesburg, Ovid and Haxtun.

He also worked as a successful seed salesman for Cargill Seed Company for a number of years and had the opportunity to travel and explore many places with Helen through his achievements with the company.

Upon retirement, Herman and Helen spent several years traveling to new places and enjoying time with their children, grandchildren and eventually their great-grandchildren. They were married for 61 happy years when Helen died in November of 2003. He spent his final years at Windsor Health Center in Windsor.

Herman enjoyed playing cards and visiting the local coffee shops to socialize with other farmers and talk about the weather and the status of the local crops. He had a boisterous laugh and a remarkable sense of humor and loved to share it with others. He possessed a strong faith in God and an undying love for his family and his country. Herman was a beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Herman was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his parents; his siblings; and one nephew, David Enninga.

Herman is survived by his sons, Don and wife Kristi Enninga of Fort Morgan and Lloyd of Sedgwick; granddaughters, Megan Autrand and husband Jesse of Eaton, Lindsey Enninga of Brush, Jenna Enninga of Fort Morgan and Cassondra Enninga of Reinbeck, Iowa; grandsons, Preston Enninga and wife Melanie of Merino and Landon Enninga of Sedgwick; and great-grandchildren, Taneya, Caleb, Connor and Nicholas.

Services were scheduled for Thursday, June 16 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Haxtun, with Pastor Dave Loeschke officiating. Burial was scheduled to follow at the Haxtun Cemetery.

Gerk Funeral Home of Haxtun was in charge of arrangements.