Howard Charles Henriksen (April 11, 2018)

Howard Henriksen photoNovember 2, 1924 ~ April 11, 2018

Saturday, May 26, 2018
1:00-2:00 PM
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Jacksonville, IA
(get directions)

Saturday, May 26, 2018
2:00 PM
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Jacksonville, IA
(get directions)
Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, IA

Wife – Rhoda Henriksen of Harlan, IA
2 Daughters – Bonnie (Kim) Fritz of Story City, IA
Patricia (LaVern) Musich of Roosevelt, UT
3 Sons – Ronald Henriksen of Harlan, IA
Randy Henriksen of Urbandale, IA
L. Charles (Molly) Henriksen of Urbandale, IA
19 Grandchildren
40 Great-grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Howard Charles Henriksen, son of  Harry Charles and Stella Fredericka (Petersen) Henriksen, was born on November 2, 1924, in Marne, Iowa. He attended Harlan (Iowa) High School and graduated with the Class of 1942. Following graduation, Howard helped his father farm and was a farmhand for neighbors and friends. Howard served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1945-46; he was stationed in Occupied Japan.

On November 28, 1948, Howard married Rhoda Irene Jessen at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Audubon, Iowa. The couple farmed in rural Shelby County, Iowa, until 1971, when they moved into Harlan. From 1965-1980, Howard drove cement trucks for Clark Redi-Mix in Harlan. He also drove truck for G.A. Findley in Harlan. Even after retirement, Howard remained active, selling Electrolux vacuum cleaners, delivering flowers for the Harlan Flower Shop, and delivering cars for Nelson Auto Sales.

Howard was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Iowa. He enjoyed membership in the Farm Bureau and Toastmasters. As a member of the Shelby County VFW Post #941, Howard served as Commander for two years, Vice-Commander for two years, and Chaplain for two years. He was a sports fan who especially liked cheering on the Dallas Cowboys, and also enjoyed watching local high school football.

Howard C. Henriksen died on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa. He had reached the age of 93 years, 5 months, and 9 days.

Preceding Howard in death were his parents; two daughters, Peggy Jo Gragert and one in infancy; and one sister, Marjorie Richards. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rhoda Henriksen of Harlan, Iowa; two daughters, Bonnie (Kim) Fritz of Story City, Iowa, and Patricia (LaVern) Musich of Roosevelt, Utah; three sons, Ronald Henriksen of Harlan, Iowa, and Randy Henriksen and L. Charles (Molly) Henriksen, both of Urbandale, Iowa; 19 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service celebrating the lives of Howard and his daughter, Peggy, will held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Iowa, with Pastor Ron Rasmussen officiating. Peggy Doonan will serve as the organist. Howard donated his body to the Anatomical Board of the State of Nebraska, and inurnment will be held at a future date in the Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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7 Responses to Howard Charles Henriksen (April 11, 2018)

  1. Garey Knudsen says:

    I was surprised to hear of Howard’s passing. I enjoyed working with him at Clark Redi Mix. It was always enjoyable to visit with him.

  2. Pauline Johnson says:

    Rhoda, we were family! I am so sad for your loss! One day we will all meet again and I will be excited to see him again! We loved your family as our own! Wish I could be there to celebrate his life with you! Pauline Nielsen Johnson

  3. Ron Rosmann says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you Rhoda and family. Such a wonderful man. Always so kind and cheerful! We were in Toastmasters and I really respected Howard. Ron and Maria Rosmann

  4. Marthann Kohl-Fuhs says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss.

  5. Karen Sorensen says:

    My heart goes out to you, Rhoda, and all of the family. We were friends and neighbors for many years in Harlan and will always have our fun memories. Much love being sent your way.

  6. Merlyn & Jeanette Knudsen says:

    Our sympathy and prayers for the family.

  7. Debbie Stendrup says:

    What a wonderful man. I first met him at The Community Kitchen and he was always a favorite of mine when he came in. Will miss his smile and hugs.

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