John F. Henning

February 3, 1950 ~ November 20, 2020 (age 70)


John F. Henning, born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho,  died in Surprise, Arizona on November 20, 2020, after a long illness.  He left an empty place in our world, but still takes up a lot of space in our hearts.

John was born in Twin Falls on February 3, 1950, to Harm and Nellie Henning, the youngest of three Henning children.  He attended Memorial Lutheran School for the first eight years of his education, then graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1968.  He moved to Portland, Oregon  later that year to attend Concordia College, and remained in Portland for 50+ years before moving to Arizona shortly before his death.

John enjoyed a well-nigh perfect childhood in Twin Falls, involved early in sports and always up for the latest adventure.  His favorite sport was basketball, which he starred in for the Bruins and  was named to the All-SIC first team in 1968.  Many of his friends from high school remained friends for the rest of his life, and his ties to Idaho remained strong through the years.  He was something of an honorary member of the Braun clan, and those gatherings  became a yearly high school reunion for John.

John began working at Greyhound,  in Portland, while in college, and worked for them for several years.  He then signed on with Ron Ball of Vancouver, WA to learn the drapery/interior design business.  His company, Henning’s Hangings, became wildly successful, successful in the sense that it allowed John to do exactly what he wanted almost every day of his life without his work infringing too much on his free time.  John made friends wherever he went and was never without cronies, sometimes even reputable ones.  He was about as free as it’s possible to be in this world.

John was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his sister Sherryl (Tom) Valentine of Cornville, Arizona and brother Ted (Donna) Henning of Sun City, Arizona and nephews Mark Kniep of Cornville, AZ and Martin Kniep of Glendale, Arizona as well as several great-nephews and a great niece.   He  is also survived by the love of his life, companion/partner/running-mate/caretaker, Jill Cook of Surprise, Arizona.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and stories of his escapades will no doubt continue to circulate for years.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in John’s name to Hanger Foundation , 10910 Domain Drive, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78758, or online with PayPal at

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