Harry A. (Tony) Hennen Jr., 78, formerly of Woodstock, Ill., died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, of complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) at St. Cloud Hospital in Minnesota.
Tony was born in Morris, Minn., to Harry and Rose (Murphy) Hennen. He was a veteran in the United States Army, serving for two years with some time spent in Germany. He was united in marriage to Phyllis (Papineau) in 1964. He completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at University of Minnesota and moved to Illinois in 1971. There he accepted his first position with Motorola, where he worked for 27 years, retiring as a Corporate Vice President. In moving to Woodstock in 1977, he fulfilled a dream of owning a farm with 25 acres on Dean Street, where the couple raised their daughters and made many lifelong friends. In 2009, their Woodstock home was donated to be a part of the Land Conservancy of McHenry County and now others can enjoy a walk through the “back 20” just as he did.
They retired to Minnesota in 2009, where he had a hand in farming and enjoyed being closer to family, including his mom, siblings and cousins. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Phyllis Hennen; two daughters, Tonya (Bill Reiswig) Hennen and Tara (Luke) Wickham, both of Olympia, Wash. Also surviving are granddaughters Linnea Hennen and Ella and Parker Wickham. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Dorothy.
Tony’s memorial and internment will be held in Morris, Minn. An oak will be planted in his honor at Hennen Conservation Area in Woodstock, Ill.. Please visit Legacy.com for information. Instead of flowers, consider a donation to your local hospice organization (or to Courage Cottage of Morris, Minn.) or the Land Conservancy of McHenry County.