OBITUARY

Joe "Randy" Hennig

February 21, 1953January 5, 2021
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Joe Randall (Randy) Hennig It is with great sadness, yet joy for the life he lived, that we announce the passing of our loved one, Joe Randall (Randy) Hennig, 67, of Kaufman, TX. Randy died on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, after several weeks of battling Covid-19. Randy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Anton and Bettie Mae Hennig of Rowlett, and Oscar and Laura Eckenfels of Dallas. Randy is survived by, his wife Elaine of Kaufman, his parents, Bill and Betty Hennig of Canton, daughter Kathy Jo Hennig and Noe Mancha of Quinlan, son Nathan and Kelley Hennig of Euless, one grandson, sisters Sandy Hennig and Terry Archer of Canton, Dianna Hennig and Ken Talasek of Edgewood, and Becky Hennig and Rodney Kilgore of Springtown, TX. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and other loved ones. Randy, whose mom affectionately referred to him as her “Little Eskimo”, was a vibrant and active little boy. He was loving and protective of his sisters, who many times referred to him as “Bones” due to his physical thinness. On more than one occasion Bones stood up to neighborhood bullies larger than him when they picked on one of his sisters. Randy had many jobs through the years, but his longest employer was the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Dallas as a security guard. No one could call him Bones at this point, as he had obviously figured out how to eat. When asked what he wanted at holiday time, he requested Oatmeal Rocks cookies, egg custard pie, and macaroni and cheese. This diet allowed him to become the formidable figure he was that kept troublemakers in line while performing his security work during the evening hours in Dallas. Randy retired from the Fairmont after 19 years of dedicated service. Even after his retirement, Randy was asked to continue with his tradition of dressing up as Santa Claus for the hotel guests and office party. He truly enjoyed being the hero of the day for the young guests, and once the event was over, his next favorite part was getting out of Santa's winter attire, which was certainly much warmer than needed for most of the Texas Christmas celebrations. Randy enjoyed travelling. He was born in the territory of Alaska, and started travelling young when the family moved back to Texas in 1954 He loved exploring the woods around the neighborhood where he grew up. As a young man, he ran track and field for his Mesquite High School team. He was a proud Skeeter, and received his diploma as a 1971 graduate of Mesquite High School while serving in the US Navy. Randy enlisted in the Navy in January 1971. He was a Signalman on the USS Vancouver at Subic Bay in the Philippines. He served during the Vietnam War, both before and after the peace treaty was signed. During their final nine month cruise, the USS Vancouver was made the Flagship for the minesweeping detail tasked with removing the mines from the harbors, rivers, and coastal waterways that had been placed during the war. Randy was discharged from the Navy on March 15, 1974. Due to the maneuvers he was involved in, Randy was later identified as a disabled veteran. Once back at home in Texas, Randy continued his love for travel. He went on many hunting trips with his family to Colorado, although he could never get a buck larger than his mom did, who remains the prize winning hunter of the family, he enjoyed this family time immensely. Randy enjoyed many things in life – hunting, fishing, travelling, dancing, and reading encyclopedias. Randy spent many hours reading encyclopedias as a young man. He could have been a contestant on the popular TV show, “Jeopardy”, as long as there were no questions about opera or the like. One of Randy's favorite places to travel to, both as a young man and throughout his life, was Red River, NM. This was the favorite family vacation spot, and many memories were made in this lovely mountain village. This little village offered exploring, activities, and dancing. Dancing provided the opportunity for Randy to meet the love of his life, the most important person to him, his wife Elaine Thomas. They met in December 1991. Dancing through life together, they went on to teach others to dance. Randy did enjoy sharing the things he knew. Randy shared his love of Red River, NM, with Elaine, and it was no surprise when they chose the top of the ski lift in Red River as the location for their wedding August 6, 2008. They shared their life with one another for 29 years. Randy was fun and loyal, a sincere man, genuine and without pretenses, making many life-long friends. He loved his family, and he loved his Dallas Cowboys almost as much. Also, he loved to eat, his favorite non-holiday foods being steak and taters, with Blue Bell ice cream as a desert – Buttered Pecan, please. Thinking back over Randy's life, it may seem odd that he enjoyed travelling so much. His family fondly remembers the tale of The Lost Foot. Randy's parents spent many Saturday nights playing card games with friends in the 60's. Pallets were put down for the youngsters to sleep on until it was time to go home. On one occasion, Randy was seen looking around, not getting ready as needed. When asked what he was doing, re responded in all sincerity, “I can't find my foot.” His sisters love that story. He may not have been able to find his foot, but he always found his way home. With love always, the hope of the family is that Randy has found his way to his heavenly home, and will be waiting for us to join him in time. He will never be forgotten.

  • FAMILY

  • Billy and Betty Hennig, Parents
  • Elaine Hennig, Beloved Wife
  • Kathy Mancha and Noe, Daughter and Husband
  • Nathan Hennig and Kelley, Son and Wife
  • Sandra Archer and Terry, Sister and Husband
  • Diane Talasek and Ken, Sister and Husband
  • Becky Kilgore and Rodney, Sister and Husband
  • Randy also leaves behind a grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews and other loved ones. He was well loved and will be truly missed.

Services

18 January

Graveside

9:30 am

DFW National Cemetery


Dallas, Texas

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    Monday, January 11, 2021

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Elaine Hennig

January 17, 2021

Randy,

Everyone tells me I will be ok and get thru this...
But I'm having a very very hard time.

Baby, I'm so sorry I could not bring you home to me and don't know what I'm going to do with you gone.
This is a nightmare that I want to wake up from.

My ❤ is broken 💔.

I love you and I will try to hold on to your reply" Ditto"

Miss you so much.

Me

Elaine Hennig

January 14, 2021

Hi my love

Just wanted to say hello and that you are on my mind .. but you stay there all the time.
I miss you so much and am struggling. It's a dream I'm hoping I'll wake up from ..and you will be home with me...but oh how you were suffering when I saw you and now I want you to rest in peace as you are now free of your pain ...although the pain of losing you runs deep 💔 in my heart.

You've probably seen big sissy and met my mom....I told you you would love her.
And I hope you've seen your loved ones.

I'm so sorry I couldn't bring you home to me.I pray you know how much you mean to me and I cherish our time.

You were my rock... but don't worry about me. I've got Tammy and your family to watch over me.

Love you,

Me

Clint Joseph

January 14, 2021

Uncle Randy, I’m so sorry you were taken from the world from this horrible pandemic. You have always been such a kind, loving, man. I will always cherish the memories we had, and that one of a kind laugh you have. Thank you for treating me with so much love and respect my whole life and especially into adulthood. You will never know how much it meant to me. I will never forget when you told me you “loved me like a son.” It’s a memory that has been engraved into my mind and I will always cherish.
And thank you for joining our family and taking care of my Aunt Elaine. I know she loves you so much and is going to spend every day the rest of her life missing you, as will i, and every other person who loved you or who’s heart you touched. This life is only a temporary experience, the magical place we go after is what is infinite, and where I know we will see eachother again. Take care Uncle Randy, and please watch over myself, and my Aunt Elaine as we continue on in this journey we call life. Love you.

Elaine Hennig

January 12, 2021

Hi my love,

I've had a very bad day. I wasn't going to tell you because I know how you worry about me, but it helps me write what I'm feeling and I am so lost without you. I didn't know my heart could hurt so much as it did when I lost Linda,but losing you hurts beyond measure.

I pray God gives me strength for the difficult days,weeks,months and years ahead.
I know you didn't want to leave me as we had plans for our future...but please know I cherish all of our time together.and wouldn't have missed it for the world...you were....are my world

I'm sorry I couldn't make you better so you could have come home to me. You had so many prayer warriors but you were so sick with so many obstacles in your lane.


My heart is 💔 but know you are no longer suffering but oh how I am. Sometimes I can't catch my breath..

Tammy says to tell you she will take care of me so don't worry.

I love you and will forever

Me

Dianna Talasek

January 11, 2021

My Bubba, you have been missed these last months that you have been hospitalized and then got taken to your forever home, where I will find you some day and get to hug your neck once more. I will always remember our times together, such as playing cards, roughhousing together as youngsters, traveling and also camping together Oh, what fun we had as we went on family vacations in the bed of Daddy's pickup (with the camper on top), singing at the top of our lungs those oldies...not the least of which were each song of the military branches of service. You made Mama and Daddy proud, and I know that was a goal you had. I am proud of you as well. You will always have:

All my love forever,

Diane

Elaine Hennig

January 10, 2021

Hi my love.... Oh how my heart hurts. You looked so peaceful when I saw you yesterday... but I miss you so much.


Love you with all my ❤ and soul.

Me

Sonya Archer

January 9, 2021

Elaine Hennig

January 9, 2021

Sandy Archer

January 9, 2021

Mother told this story often: when Randy was a little boy, he played well with his sisters . But one day, Randy crawled up onto his mother's lap and said, "Momma, I want a little brother." Mother gave him a hug and replied, "Randy, I've tried to give you a brother three times, and you keep getting sisters. If we try again, you might end up with another one." At this point Randy jumped off of Mother's lap and simply said, "Just forget it, then."

Elaine Hennig

January 9, 2021

Randy,

Its me... Again..We said that alot to one another

I dont want to let you go..

I love you so much.,

Me

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