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Nelvin Henke

d. April 19, 2012

Nelvin Henke, 92, Hannover, died April 18, 2012 at Elm Crest Manor, New Salem.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Hannover, with Reverend Russell Fitch officiating. Burial will be at Hannover Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 pm on Friday, April 20, 2012 at Elm Crest Manor, New Salem, and from 4 to 8 pm at St. Peter’s Church in Hannover. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Nelvin was born January 3, 1920 to Eli and Mary (Plenge) Henke. Raised and educated in Hannover, he attended school until the 8th grade. In 1943 Nelvin met Charlotte Kuch and they were married on November 21, 1945 in Churchtown, ND. They purchased the family farm where they lived for 7 years and had their three children. In 1952 they moved to Hannover where Nelvin worked at the John Deere Implement for 3 years. In 1956 they moved to their current farmstead to raise their family. A man with many talents, Nelvin was a farmer at heart. Along with raising a family, he was a dairy and small grain farmer. He purchased his first Simmental cow in 1970. He continued to milk until 1988 when he sold the milk cows and began building the Simmental herd to what is presently known as Henke Simmentals. His patience, love, and passion for cattle was something he shared with both his children and grandchildren. He allowed them to work beside him and share in his interests and taught them life's valuable lessons along the way.
Nelvin was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Hannover where he served as an elder and on various committees. He was also a director and agent of Morton-Oliver Insurance, present day Southwest Mutual Insurance Company. He served as director of Oliver County rural fire district.
Nelvin's favorite past time was playing pinochle with friends and family. He loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with all of them. His patience, sweet smile, and lovable personality will be truly missed by all.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Charlotte Henke, Elm Crest Manor in New Salem; three children, Paulette Hodgson, Jacksonville, FL, Dwight (Nancy) Henke, and David (Roslyn Jean) Henke, both of Hannover; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Anthony) Dennis, Jacksonville, FL, Travis (Tricia) Henke, Mountain Home, ID, Melissa (DJ) Hatlestad, Mandan, Thomas (Angie) Henke, Dickinson, and Kathryn Henke, Hannover; ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Marion Reinke, NV; one brother, Clarence Henke, New Salem; and one sister-in-law, Harriet Meyhoff, Bismarck.
Nelvin was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; four sisters; a brother-in-law, Frederick Kuch; and a great-grandchild, Morgan Henke.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the Center Ambulance Service.

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