St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN
Monday, February 9, 2015
AT THE CHURCH
Monday, February 9, 2015
1 hour prior to services
Ronald M. Henrichs, age 60 of Motley and formerly of the Buffalo/Rockford area passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 3, 2015. Preceded in death by parents Marvin and Beverly. Survived by children Nicholas (Tessa) Henrichs, Cassie (Thomas) Smith and Alex (Nicole) Henrichs; grandson Ezra; sister Carlene (Thomas) Nelson. During Ron’s early years he was always pulling things apart and figuring out how to put them back together (early love of how things worked)
Grew up with siblings by going to pebble beach resort in Annandale, Minnesota (Lake Sylvia)
There was a special bond with Grandmother Winnie because the two of them would go fishing every morning whenever the family was at the resort that his grandparents owned together.
Every fall Ron would go to Morris Minnesota to see his Uncle Irvin where they would enjoy the hunting season together.
Ron excelled in gymnastics, and his specialty was the rings where he would help his team go to state in 1973 the same year that he graduated.
During his senior year he was involved in a mentorship program in gymnastics and that was when he realized that he would like to teach Physical Education.
After graduation Ron was given a full scholarship to Stout University where he found a passion for the industrial arts. Not long after he realized that he was far more interested in the hands-on approach to learning, so he left school for an apprentership through the state of Minnesota which lead to his employment with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
During his time at high school he met his future wife Colleen Lauer and they were married on September 23 1978
Ron owned a custom Z28 Camero which he considered his first “baby” until he chose to part with her in favor of a down payment on his and his wife’s first home.
Some of the his children’s fondest memories occurred on their vacations to the family cabin up north in Motley on Lake Shamana.
Ron’s greatest legacy comes with the birth, life, and experiences of his three wonderful children, but the greatest came later in life with emergence of his first grandchild Ezra who would be the light in his life to his final day.
Ron’s contagious laugh could be heard from across a room, he was a passionate outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He loved helping people and could fix anything that needed fixing. All of his passion for the outdoors was eclipsed by the love he showed for his grandson Ezra. He passed far too quickly and for those left behind he would say “You just missed me, I’m at the lake fishing and I’ll see you there.”
Memorial service for Ron will be held Monday, Feb. 9 at 6:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service all at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 302 2nd Street NE, Buffalo. Reception to follow at church.