There will not be a formal funeral service according to his wishes.
A family memorial will be held, with Pastor Howard Hintzman of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Loyal.
The family asks that to best honor his encouragement of education people should consider ways to assist a young learner or post-high school student’s educational plans or contribute to the Wounded Warrior program.
Boston Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Henninger was born May 28, 1918, in Chili, Wis., a son of the late Oswald and Lottie (Smith) Henninger. He graduated from Loyal High School in 1936.
He continued his education at Central State Teachers College in Stevens Point, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1940. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1946. In 1961, he was a Fulbright Scholar and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
He served in World War II from 1941-45. He was a sergeant in the Army, starting in Camp Roberts, Calif., and Fort Lewis, Wash. He served three of four years in the South Pacific in Australia and New Guinea. He received the Purple Heart and three Battle Stars. He served in the Infantry and Finance and finally with special training of units out of Fort Sheridan, Ill.
He was married to Louise Korth Aug. 25, 1945, at the York Center United Methodist Church near Granton. She died April 23, 2013.
Mr. Henninger taught history at North High School in Sheboygan for 34 years, from 1946 to 1980. He was the Social Studies Department chair for many years at North High School, served as program chair and state chairperson with the Northeast Wisconsin Convention and state Social Studies Advisory Committee.
He was associated with the Sheboygan summer playground program for many years.
He was a member of American Legion Post 83 of Sheboygan, was a past commander and served as the local and county leader of the Legion Oratorical Contest. He was involved in providing tax aid help and belonged to the Retired Teachers Association in Sheboygan.
He was involved at Fountain Park United Methodist Church in Sheboygan as a Sunday school teacher, youth adviser and lay leader. Later in life he was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Stevens Point.
Survivors include four sons, Howard, Tyner, N.C., David (Cathy), Oconomowoc, Mark (Debi), Metamora, Ill., and Alan (Connie), Waconia, Minn.; one daughter, Jean (Harv) Hayden, Custer; four brothers, Arleigh (Clarabelle), California, Harold (Ruth), Tennessee, Glenn, Wisconsin, and Kenneth, Iowa; one sister, Luella (Jack) DuBrava, Iowa; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by five sisters, two brothers and one granddaughter.