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Obituary: George Louis Henschel

George Louis Henschel passed away Jan. 15, 2024 at his home in Gilbert, Minnesota. He was born to George and Lottie (Gallup) Henschel on Feb. 11, 1939 in Duluth, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Lorraine Trumble, Claudia Johnson and grandchild Clarence (Hipple) Forkner.

George is survived by his brother Harold Henschel; sister Edith Bradley; his children Martin Henschel, Kurt (Kim) Henschel, Melissa (Damian) Forkner, Cindy Ranier, Phillip (Laurie) Johnson, Gerald (Michelle) Johnson, Gary Johnson; his 15 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

George loved life, his family and his canine family members. He loved old cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats, camping and trailering with his RV and 5th wheels to Texas, Arizona and Nevada. He wanted to see many places and to experience many new adventures throughout his life. You could see George throughout the years in parades with his convertibles, giving rides to the princess or queen of different events. He did this for 20-plus years, and was very proud and honored to be asked to do this for so many years.

George was a hard worker all his life. He worked at U.S. Steel, Erie Mining Co. & LTV Steel Corp. until he retired. While working at the mines, he also started his own business, GEO Heating and Plumbing, which was very successful until he again retired at the age of 72. He still continued to help people when he was asked and could. He also for a number of years owned and operated a bar in Biwabik called the GEO Saloon.

George loved music, dancing, roller skating and especially he loved people. He was always on the go, and just had to be busy doing things. He was a real jokester, too, and loved getting one over on you. George was loved, and will be missed by the many people who knew him.

A celebration of life will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Cloquet VFW, 210 Arch St., Cloquet, MN.