Obituary: Edwin Ralph Henninger


June 9, 2023

Edwin Ralph Henninger passed away at the age of 96 on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. He was born, raised and spent his life in the rural area east of Barnum. Ed worked for the Soo Line Railroad from the age of 15 to 65. He worked for years on track gangs, followed by dozer and dragline operations. At the same time, he also farmed 240 acres, including dairy and beef cattle operations, and did gravel hauling and dozer work on the side. After retiring, he continued to run beef cattle and put up hay into his late 80s, including the processing of a lot of firewood, which he considered "fun to do." Ed was a member of the Nemadji Brethren Church, followed by many years at the Barnum Community Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Nora Henninger; brothers Jim, Vernon, Don and Ernie; and daughter Barb Holte.

Edwin is survived by his wife of 74 years, Alyce; daughter Sharon Davis; son, Loren (Karen); brother Gorden; sister, Eleanor Riley; grandchildren, Jason (Leina) Holte of Eagan, Jenny (Adam) Kiminski of Cloquet, Jessica Davis (Tyler Neill) of Bagley and Michelle (Justin) Purdie of Bemidji; great-grandchildren, Tayah Holte, Brylee, Araya, Tenley and Isaac Kiminski, Seth Kleeb, Harley Fowler and Alex Neill.

Visitation: Noon until the 1 p.m. funeral service Wednesday, June 7 at Barnum Community United Methodist Church, 3762 Front Street, Barnum. A luncheon will follow the service. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. To sign the guestbook and leave an online tribute, see

Pine Knot News, June 9, 2023


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