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July 23, 1937 – Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Service Information
St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo
Monday, January 11th
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information

Duane Lee “Butch” Henson, age 72 of Buffalo passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at Fairview Transitional Care Unit in Minneapolis.

He was born on July 23, 1937 in Buffalo to Monroe “Slim” & Evelyn Mills Henson.

Duane was baptized on March 23, 1961.

He enlisted in The Marine’s the summer before his senior year of high school. Butch served from 1955 to 1959 in under water demolition. When he got out of The Marine’s, he worked as a deputy for The Wright County Sheriff and for The Buffalo Police Department. Butch also worked for Federal Cartridge in Anoka for two years and he also worked with his brothers for a few years.

On September 8, 1962, Duane “Butch” Lee Henson & Leona Ruth Holthaus were joined in holy marriage. God blessed their marriage with six children.

Butch enjoyed playing cards, hunting and all sports.

Survived by wife: Leona (nee Holthaus); children: Lynn (David) Ratke, David (Shelly) Henson, Christine (David) Peterson, Jason (Melissa) Henson, Darin (Kerry) Henson and Janel Henson; 11 grandchildren: Stacy (Steven) Gerring, Derek Henson, Melony Henson, Dillon Peterson, Cody Peterson, Chelsey Henson, Madison Henson, Trevor Ratke, Alicia Henson, Brooke Henson and Colton Henson; two brothers: Willard (Doris) Henson and Alonza (Kay) Henson, a sister: Patty (Jim) Schleif; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents: Monroe & Evelyn Henson, brothers: Clyde and Howard Henson and by a sister: Phyllis Schindel.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Duane “Butch” Henson was held on Monday, January 11th at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo. Father David Hennen was the Celebrant. Interment with military rites followed at St. Francis Cemetery.

A visitation was held on Sunday, January 10th from 4-8 P.M. at the church. A Prayer service was held at 7:00 P.M.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Stacy Gerring, Melony Henson, Chelsey Henson, Madison Henson,
Trevor Ratke, Alicia Henson, Brooke Henson and Colton Henson.

Casket Bearers were David Henson, Jason Henson, Darin Henson, David Peterson, David Ratke, Derek Henson, Dillon Peterson and Cody Peterson.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sheila Goeb

    Lynn and Families: My deepest condolences go out to your family. The fun I use to have when we would go to your house so many years ago. I’m sure you will all carry on your Dad’s sense of humor.

  2. lisa mills

    We were sorry to hear about your loss…….

    Lisa Mills, The Travel Gallery

  3. Bruce Varner

    I did not know Butch that well, but I remember him from the Northstar gas station. Butch was always very kind and treated me like a son.

  4. Nancy Henson Schroeder

    Leona and family,
    You have been in my thoughts a lot the past few days. I remember all the time I spent with your kids as babies and also the time I spent babysitting them. When I saw them 3 years ago I was pleased to see what beatiful adults they had all grown to be with kids of their own. I wanted to share something that I had written for Bob’s funeral – “You cannot loose someone when you know where they went” and you know where Butch went. You are all in my prayers during these tough days.
    Nancy,Roger and David Brooks


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