Ralph Henkensiefken, age 89, of Brainerd, MN, passed away on October 25, 2022 at the St. Cloud VA Hospital. A Memorial Service for Ralph will be held on Saturday October 29, 2022 at 3:00pm at the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Baxter. There will be a visitation for friends and family beginning at 2:30pm. Burial will be at a later date at the New Ulm, MN cemetery.
Ralph was born on February 20, 1933 in Waseca, MN. He graduated from Waseca High School in 1951. He joined te US Air Force and received training as a communication specialist in Morse code. He served with the 839th Engineering Battalion of the US Army.
Ralph married his high school sweetheart, Lorene Mann in 1953, and upon his discharge from the service, he attended Mankato State University, where he graduated in 1960. He taught school for several years in Owatonna, MN and later joined Farmers Insurance as a Claims Adjuster in New Ulm, MN, where he also pursued other business interests.
Upon his retirement in 1995, Ralph and Lorene spent many of the winter months in Orange Beach, AL as snow birds. They enjoyed the warmer weather, the beaches and the many golf courses. They also spent the summer months at their cabin on Lake of the Woods, where they enjoyed fishing for walleyes. Ralph and Lorene later moved to Brainerd, MN to be closer to family.
Ralph is preceded in death by his wife Lorene, and his sons Bart and Jeffrey.
He is survived by his daughter Debra(Dale) Guggenberger of Cold Spring, MN, son Guy (Kala) Henkensiefken of Bemidji, MN, five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and his brother Lyle (Pauline) Henkensiefken of Omaha, NE.
Ralph was a proud member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans.
Ralph and Lorene will be laid to rest next to their two sons at the New Ulm, MN cemetery.