Loren D. Hennekens, Sarona, Wis., passed away Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, at his daughter's home in Phoenix, Ariz.
Loren was born Oct. 9, 1930, to Fred and Dorothy Hennekens at Ladysmith. He graduated from Ladysmith High School in 1949, where he played football and was co-captain of his team.
With his sense of humor, Loren had a million-dollar smile that would light up a room with a definite presence of energy. In his younger years, he enjoyed helping in his community, including 4-H, church, school and dairy associations.
He was a fearless, hard-working man, who went from dairy farming and running a small garbage collection business, to establishing and running a large garbage/recycling business (Solid Waste Disposal) in northern Wisconsin, until his retirement with Carrol, his beloved wife.
Loren loved playing games of all kinds, the outdoors, hunting, fishing and traveling. He was a great dancer, golfer, pool player and cribbage player. He enjoyed his winters in Mesa, Ariz., as well as traveling during his retirement.
He always enjoyed his family, ready to give them a good time and laughter.
Surviving are children Deb and Bob Aaron, Lee Smith, Dave and Janet Hennekens, Denny and Diane Hennekens, Bobbie and Bob Ruder, Doreen and Brian Adams, Della Zappa, Julie Mattmiller and Kim Haase; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Loren was preceded in death by his beloved wife Carrol; his parents; brothers Duane, Bill and Fred; sisters Shirley and Delores; sons Kevin LeFevour and Doug Hennekens; sons-in-law Dan Zappa, Randy Smith and Tom Haase; and two grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Butternut Hills Golf Clubhouse.
Memorials may be donated in his name to Hospice in Phoenix or locally to St. Catherine's Church in Sarona.
Online condolences may be left at alloptionsfuneralhome.com in Tempe, Ariz.