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Alvin “Rowdy” Henning


Alvin H. “Rowdy” Henning, 93, of Moville, died Monday, October 24, 2016 at a Sioux City hospital.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m.  on Saturday, October 29 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Moville with the Rev. Brad Pelzel officiating. Burial was in the St. Mary’s section of Gilman Township Cemetery near Ashton, Iowa.

Arrangements are under the direction of McCulloch Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Home in Moville. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Alvin was born on February 4, 1923 in Adrian, Minnesota to William and Elizabeth (Bullerman) Henning. The family moved to the Ashton area, where he attended school.

In 1937, Alvin decided to continue his education. He went to school for auto body repair in Estherville, Iowa. He worked in the auto body repair business in Michigan for several years.

Alvin enlisted in the military on December 21, 1942. During World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee. He was honorably discharged on December 31, 1945.

After his discharge from the Navy, he moved to Sioux City and went to work for a local auto body shop. He married Lorraine Feldman on November 5, 1949 in Sioux City.  Alvin later decided to open his own auto body repair business — Henning Body Shop — in Moville. He retired in 1985.

Alvin and Lorraine enjoyed spending winters in Apache Junction, Arizona.

His hobbies included silversmith work and wood carving. He was a member of the NW Iowa Woodcarvers.

He was also a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Moville and the American Legion Wink-Sparks Post 303.  He also served as a volunteer fireman for the Moville Fire and Rescue Squad, and he was a member of the Meadows Country Club.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lorraine of Moville; a sister in-law, Sylvia Henning of Le Mars, Iowa; three sisters-in-law: Myrna Heronemus of Ashton; Iva Jean Ott of Davenport, Iowa; and Agnes Feldman of Sibley, Iowa; along with numerous nieces and nephews, and his coffee buddies.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Florence Klosterman, Caroline Seivert, and Odelia Schulz; two brothers, Roger Henning and Arthur Henning; three brothers-in-law: Elmer Heronemus, Jerry Ott and Marvin Feldman; and three sisters-in-law and their husbands: Pearl Wolf and Bob, Velma Winter and Ken, and Lois Krull and Albertus.

The family requests that memorials be given to the Moville Fire and Rescue Squad or to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Moville.

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