Henry Stinehart

Friday, August 13, 2010

Funeral services for Henry Stinehart, 98, of Milford, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Warner Chapel in Spencer.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Milford Cemetery in Milford.

Mr. Stinehart passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at Milford Nursing Center in Milford.

Henry was born to Ore and Mary Gesena Lambertus Stinehart, July 13, 1912, in Spencer. Henry achieved perfect attendance in his childhood education from Summit Township rural School and Spencer Public School through the age of thirteen years.

On April 8, 1936, Henry married Myrgel A. Norrell in Mason City. The disabling disease of rheumatoid arthritis soon limited her life and restricted her life outside the home. Henry cared for his wife at home until her death in 1984.

One son born was born to this union, Duane Henry, on Jan. 26, 1946. Duane passed away on Aug. 22, 2004, in Yuma, Ariz., after 28 years of marriage to his wife, Diane.

Henry (Hank) enjoyed his life as a farmer, often working with wood construction projects and groomed a large garden. Carefully thought through his work so much he was known for the saying, "if you do not use your head, you use your feet." Hank worked for several years as a security officer at the Clay County fairgrounds, enjoying conversations with the other seasonal help and the many fairgoers. He held pride in his years of dedication of working there. Henry spent a lot of his recreation time roller skating, card games, dancing and horseback riding.

He was preceded in death by his wife; son; his parents; two brothers: Louie and Oscar; one sister, Marie Harkema; one niece, Linda Stinehart; and one nephew, Donnie Harkema.

He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Diane Stinehart of Yuma, Ariz.; two nieces: Brett and Margie (Stinehart) Riggen of Arnolds Park, and Verlyn and Ruby (Harkema) Enninga of Luverne, Minn.; his special friends: Georgia Sterler of Hartley and John and Elaine Deruyter of Milford; friends that helped him at a time when he needed friends and family in his life the most.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.