OBITUARY

Kenneth Henne

July 14, 1937August 5, 2018
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Kenneth Henne, 81, passed away August 5, 2018 at Kansas City Hospice House after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Hume, Missouri on July 14, 1937 to Verl and Ruby (Wakefield) Henne. He graduated from Hume High School and briefly attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. He married Sharon Thompson in 1962 and to this union was born 2 sons, Ryan L. Henne and Brett T. Henne. In 1965, Kenney purchased a commercial lawn and garden equipment company and established Henne Distributing Company. That company later included an ice plant and, after selling both of those products, became a used car lot specializing in work vans and pickup trucks.

Kenney and several other neighborhood fathers took their sons to Canada on fishing trips for several years and enjoyed many wonderful memories of those trips. He also coached his sons' Little League basketball teams. His passion was antique cars and he especially enjoyed going to car shows and swap meets. He and a good friend were among the early "pickers" and they traveled through several states looking for antique car parts that they later sold at these swap meets. Kenney and Sharon enjoyed traveling. A highlight of those travels included locating and visiting the Henne ancestral home in Germany and meeting a cousin.

Kenney was preceded in death by his parents and by his son Brett. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, his son Ryan (Pauline), granddaughters Michaela Ann and Catherine Mae, a sister Joy (Don) Flanner, many cousins, a nephew and niece, brother-in-law Raymond (Joyce) Thompson and many, many friends.

A Visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday, August 8 at Mt. Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64131. Funeral services will take place at 11:00am at the funeral home on Thursday, August 9th.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hume, Missouri Cemetery Association, c/o Security Bank, 9344 SW 2nd Street, Hume, Missouri 64752 or Heifer Project International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.

  • FAMILY

  • Verl Henne (deceased), Father
  • Ruby (Wakefield) Henne (deceased), Mother
  • Brett T. Henne (deceased), Son
  • Sharon Thompson) Henne, Wife
  • Ryan L. Henne, Son
  • Pauline Henne, Daughter-in-law
  • Michaela Ann Henne, Granddaughter
  • Catherine Mae Henne, Granddaughter
  • Joy Flanner, Sister
  • Don Flanner, Brother-in-law
  • Raymond (Joyce) Thompson, Brother-in-law
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Lowell Flanner, Pallbearer
  • Ralph Henne, Pallbearer
  • Don Wakefield, Pallbearer
  • Melvin Humphrey, Pallbearer
  • Merl Humphrey, Pallbearer
  • Herschel George, Pallbearer
  • Henry Rector, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tom Cliff, Honorary Pallbearer
  • David Wakefield, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Forrest Couch, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jack Miller, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Interment Thursday, August 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Kenneth Henne

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Arnold Swink

August 16, 2018

I met Kenny about 1972 when he met my dad and I at his Main St. Grandview location on a Sunday morning. He had my dad selling Swisher mowers at his business in Bronson, KS. Mom and Dad would come up for a weekend visit and Kenny would load him up with mowers during the Sunday visit. I used to stop in when he moved to the east access road and bought one of his generic white fleet pickups. We both enjoyed Larry Smith at Big Creek Theater and visited many times there in Pleasant Hill. So sorry to hear the news of his passing.

Art Mullies

August 11, 2018

I met Kenny at Walnut Creek bridge west of Foster, Mo. when I was five years old and my parents were teaching me how to
swim. He was about ten years old then, instantly likeable, and remained so throughout his lifetime. I shall miss seeing him about Hume, annual Alumni banquets, just like everyone else who knew him.


Art Mullies

Sarah Blackman

August 10, 2018

Dear Ryan, Pauline, and family

We were so saddened to hear of Mr. Henne's passing. You have all been in our thoughts and prayers over the last several days.

The Blackman family extends their sincere sympathies.

Sarah, Art, Lindy and Worth

Dick & Carol Stuart

August 6, 2018

A great person to be around with his super, super personality! Always a good time when we were all together!
Rest In Peace
We’re thinking of all of you at this difficult time...

Natalie Kneipp

August 6, 2018

We, his Washington State family, are so happy that we were able to reconnect with Kenny and Sharon. We will and do cherish the memories of our travels and time spent together,

He was truly one of a kind and his ready smile and teasing nature was a joy. I can truly say he was one of my favorite people.

I will always think of him when I use my black walnuts (inside joke).

Our love to all his family and especially Sharon.

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Biography

Kenneth Henne, 81, passed away August 5, 2018 at Kansas City Hospice House after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Hume, Missouri on July 14, 1937 to Verl and Ruby (Wakefield) Henne. He graduated from Hume High School and briefly attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. He married Sharon Thompson in 1962 and to this union was born 2 sons, Ryan L. Henne and Brett T. Henne. In 1965, Kenney purchased a commercial lawn and garden equipment company and established Henne Distributing Company. That company later included an ice plant and, after selling both of those products, became a used car lot specializing in work vans and pickup trucks.

Kenney and several other neighborhood fathers took their sons to Canada on fishing trips for several years and enjoyed many wonderful memories of those trips. He also coached his sons' Little League basketball teams. His passion was antique cars and he especially enjoyed going to car shows and swap meets. He and a good friend were among the early "pickers" and they traveled through several states looking for antique car parts that they later sold at these swap meets. Kenney and Sharon enjoyed traveling. A highlight of those travels included locating and visiting the Henne ancestral home in Germany and meeting a cousin.

Kenney was preceded in death by his parents and by his son Brett. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, his son Ryan (Pauline), granddaughters Michaela Ann and Catherine Mae, a sister Joy (Don) Flanner, many cousins, a nephew and niece, brother-in-law Raymond (Joyce) Thompson and many, many friends.