Thomas Leon Hennemann Sr., U.S.M.C. retired, of Rush City, Minn. and formerly of White Bear Lake, Minn., died Friday, Oct. 4, at the University of Minnesota Hospital-Fairview in Minneapolis at the age of 88.
Tom was born in St. Cloud, Minn. August 28, 1925 to Carl and Mary (Heinen) Hennemann.
Tom joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17 and made the Marine Corps his career. He served his country during WWII in the South Pacific and also in Korea, where he worked on an aircraft carrier as ordinance crew. He retired from USMC in 1964 from Quantico, Va. as First Sergeant of Headquarters Squadron. Here, Tom was known as “Top” to the men and officers and “Hank” to the commanding officers.
Tom was a member of the “Chosen Few” Chosin Reservoir for Korean War Vets organization.
Tom enjoyed fishing and hunting ducks and geese. He was an avid reader of history, even though his eyesight was failing. He was also very active in the DFL party of Minnesota, attending many meetings and caucuses.
Tom is survived by his wife Marge, daughter Cecilia Erdmann, of Mahtomedi; son Thomas (Barbara) Hennemann Jr., of Cottage Grove; daughter-in-law Kathryn Hennemann, of Coon Rapids; grandchildren Mary Erdmann, of Vadnais Heights, Michelle (Sean) Padden, of White Bear Lake, Marissa Erdmann, of Little Canada, Katy (Nick) Zastro, of San Diego, Calif., Curtis Hennemann, of St. Paul; brothers Bill Hennemann, of Phoenix, Ariz., Larry (Jenny) Hennemann, of River Falls, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Rosalia (Heinen) Hennemann and his son Carl Hennemann.
Rev. Laurie O’Shea will officiate at Tom’s funeral service: 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 13, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush City, 1000 S. Jay Ave. A time of visitation and reviewal will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Music will be provided by Rev. Laurie O’Shea. Casket bearers include Katy Zastro, Mary Erdmann, Michelle Padden, Marisa Erdmann, Ray Henderson, Wally Simpson, Stan Iskierka and Bob Carter with an interment at a later date.
Memorials are preferred to flowers.
Funeral arrangements for Thomas Hennemann Sr., of Rush City, (East Rush Lake) are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service – Olson Chapel of Rush City, www.funeralandcremationservice.com