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Emmett D Hennig

July 1, 1941 July 17, 2019
Emmett D Hennig
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Obituary for Emmett D Hennig

Emmett Dwight Hennig, 78, of Decatur, Nebraska, was born to Sidney and Elva (Case) Hennig on July 1, 1941 in rural Decatur. He passed away on July 17, 2019 at his home in Decatur.

He attended elementary school near their home and graduated from Tekamah High School. He was married to Rita Richards in 1962, where they lived mostly on the family farm raising their 4 daughters. Later in life, he met and married Bonnie Gabel and they lived in the town of Decatur until his death.

During his life he had many business ventures which represented his passion for innovative farming technology and clean energy. Generous with his time and talents he served the communities that he loved through his involvement in the Nebraska Farm Crisis Network during the 1980’s, was elected and served many years on the Burt County Board of Supervisors, was a founding member and president of both the Logan Valley-Elkhorn Public Health Board and the Future Decatur Foundation Fund. He also co-founded the Great Nebraska Tractor Ride that is still held yearly in cooperation with KTIC in West Point.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, his sister Dorothy Hennig Talman, and brother Lyle Hennig.

Surviving him is his wife, Bonnie; sisters Phyllis (Louis) Fowler; Diane Gammel; sister in law Bernice Hennig; daughters, Hope Hennig Barricklow; Charity Hennig Metzler and her children Caylie (Matthew) Petersen (two great grandchildren, Sawyer & Sayler), Allyssia Metzler, Jarron Metzler; Holly Hennig; & Robin Hennig Nava; stepsons, Jeff (Jaye) Gabel and grandchild Hildi; Joe (Danila) Gabel and grandchildren Allison, Ben, Sheldon, Shylee, & Skylar; & Jack (Pam) Gabel and grandchildren Julian, Leah, & Amaya; and many nieces, nephews, & friends.

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5:00 PM 7/22/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/22/2019 7:00:00 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah

1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Family will be receiving friends.

Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah
1103 J Street Tekamah 68061 NE
United States

Funeral Service




10:30 AM 7/23/2019 10:30:00 AM
Decatur City Auditorium

913 S. Broadway St.
Decatur, NE 68020

Decatur City Auditorium
913 S. Broadway St. Decatur 68020 NE
United States

Cemetery Details


Hillcrest Cemetery Final Resting Place

Decatur, NE 68020

Decatur 68020 NE
United States

Memorial Contribution

To the family for future designation.

Memorials will be designated to the Decatur Fire and Rescue and Alzheimer's

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