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James Frederick Hennig, 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on February 17, 2018. James was born on November 17, 1942 in Green Bay, Wisconsin to the late Frederick R. and Margaret (Wolfertz) Hennig.
James grew up in Green Bay and was an all-state high school quarterback before playing football at University of Wisconsin as a member of their 1962 Big Ten championship team. James studied at Wisconsin where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1965. He then attended Purdue University where he earned his master's ('67) and doctorate ('70) degrees and also taught for several years.
In his career, Dr. Hennig became a highly decorated professional speaker and author and served as President of the National Speakers Association. James was an avid pilot, an active outdoorsman, and an Eagle Scout. Central to all of James' endeavors were his priorities on faith and family. James was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, always imparting the importance of God and service with love and kindness. He was a loving adventurous father, caring grandfather and compassionate friend.
James is celebrated by those who survive him, including his sister Julie (John) Biolo, Green Bay, WI; his children, Dawn (Richard) Deahl, South Bend, IN; Troy (Julia) Hennig, Anchorage, AK; Ryan (Carrie Garczynski) Hennig, Evergreen, CO; Tara Hennig, Granger, IN, and their mother Charlene Davis, as well as grandchildren Matthew Deahl and Kai Hennig; stepson Rob Hennig and his mother Susan Baldwin and stepchildren Ashley Moody, Dan Sears, Phillip Sears, Rob Sears, and Kellen Sears and their mother Coreen Kindred Beckman.
James will be honored in a Celebration of Life ceremony to be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin in the coming months. To receive memorial service details and/or share memories or condolences, you may email memorial@jimhennig.com.
Published on February 20, 2018
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