Kenneth D. Henkens
Dec 29, 1929 – Dec 30, 2016
Kenneth Dale Henkens was born in Fremont, Nebraska on December 29th, 1929 to George W. and Mabel A. (Borcherding) Henkens. He attended rural country school and graduated from Fremont High School. He attended Midland Lutheran College his freshman year. He transferred to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and graduated in December of 1950. He married his college sweetheart, Lou Ann Fahnestock, on December 22nd, 1950 at the Congregational Church in Scribner, Nebraska.
He began a 40-year career with Standard Oil of Indiana in May of 1950. After many promotions and family moves, he enjoyed his job as a Regional District Manager in Omaha, supervising jobbers and dealers in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. He served on the South Dakota and the Omaha Oil Men’s Club during the 1970s and 1980s, serving as President for both organizations.
Ken was involved in his community. He and Lou Ann have been members of Morning Star Lutheran Church since 1978. From 1987 to 1990 Ken served on the church council and was elected President, helping with the purchase and installation of a new organ for the sanctuary.
From 1987 to 1995 Ken served on the Board of Trustees for Midland Lutheran College and was elected Board Chairman from 1993-1995. He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Midland University in May of 2007.
Ken was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan. Beginning in the 1960s, driving from South Dakota and Iowa to attend games. Over the years the family attended Orange Bowl and Rose Bowl games to cheer on the Huskers.
Ken was actively involved with the family farm operations in North Bend and Prague, Nebraska. For many years, Ken and Lou Ann spent the winter months in California enjoying the warmer climate and their close-knit golfing community and dear friends. Ken continued to play golf until a couple of years ago and experienced two holes-in-one over the years.
Also during his retirement, Ken was active as a member of the Optimist Club of Omaha and the Shrine Scottish Rite. For eight years, he was the state treasurer for the office of the American Lutheran Church Synod under the leadership of Bishop Richard N. Jessen. He was a Sales Associate with CBS Real Estate Company achieving the million dollar sales award during his tenure.
Ken died on Friday, December 30, 2016 at the age of 87, from congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife, Lou Ann; daughter, Ann Henkens Matzke and husband, Gerald E. “Jay” Matzke, Jr. of Gothenburg, NE; and three grandchildren: L. Alexandra “Alex” Matzke of Omaha, Gerald E. “Jered” Matzke III and his wife, Jessica (Hall) Matzke of Omaha, and Sloan K. Matzke of Brooklyn, NY.
MEMORIAL SERVICE Friday, Jan. 6th at 2pm at Morning Star Lutheran Church, 331 S. 85th Ave, 68114. Private Interment in Scribner, NE. Memorials to Morning Star Lutheran Church, George Henkens Educational Fund at Midland University, 900 No. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025, or Josie Harper Hospice House, 7415 Cedar St., Omaha 68124.