David Henecke

Born on Sep 24, 1935
Departed on Jul 16, 2019

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On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, David Lee Henecke of Palo, Iowa passed away peacefully with his family by his side.  A lifelong resident of the Cedar Rapids/Palo area, David was born on September 24, 1935 to Paul and Dorothy M. (Rudd) Henecke.  On August 8, 1959 he married is wife Jane (Minor) of almost 60 years together and he loved her very much.

Visitation will be held Saturday, July 27th at Cedar Memorial’s Chapel of Memories from 9:00 am to 11:00 am directly followed at 11:00 by a Celebration of Life ceremony.  Private family Interment following the service.

David grew up on the northwest side of Cedar Rapids and as a boy, loved skating, sledding, skiing and was a 5-year member of the Cedar Rapids Drum and Bugle corps.  As an adult, he served in the Navy for 4 years.  Following the Navy, David returned to Cedar Rapids to begin his career that he loved for 42 years at Penford Products.  Throughout his time there he took on every role assigned and ultimately advanced to a Supervisory role in the Refinery.  He enjoyed the challenge and his commitment to his career was evident to all who knew him.

His second passion in life was the service work he did as a member of the Otter Creek Lions Club.  Again, he demonstrated his commitment by taking on every role and advancing to President of the club and ultimately serving as the District Governor for the Organization in 2006.  He was also a long-time member and supporter of the American Legion in Toddville.  

On his downtime, he enjoyed fishing trips to Minnesota, Lake Erie and Canada with the guys.  He was also known to bowl and golf on occasion.  He was a good cook and would demonstrate his skills during his fishing trips and for his family at the holidays.  

David is preceded in death by his parents, his wife’s parents, and his sister in law Carolyn Minor.  Surviving are his wife Jane, Children Brian (Stephanie), Brad and Brett.  Grandchildren Kathryn (Jeff) Wyssenbach, Noah Henecke, and Step Grandchildren Brynn and Bennett Carr.  Great Grand Children Mikhail and Isaac, brother Dr. Gary Allen (Raedean) Henecke, Brothers in Law George Minor, Dick (Pat) Minor And many more extended family.

In lieu of flowers, any memorial donations may be made to the Otter Creek Area Lions Club or the Toddville American Legion.