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Roman Henry Hentges

Roman Henry Hentges, 91, of Blackduck, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at the Good Samaritan Center in Blackduck.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Blackduck with Rev. David Baumgartner officiating. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Blackduck, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will in the Lakeview Cemetery in Blackduck. Military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post 372 of Blackduck.

The pallbearers will be Jack Hentges, Trevor Hentges, Garret Hentges, Derrick Mohs, Michael Parker, Jeremy Mohs, Dylan Hentges, and Stacy Heineman.

He was born on Feb. 27, 1917, to John and Anna V. (Berle) Hentges in Cold Spring, Minn. He attended school in Eden Valley, Minn. He married Anna Cecelia Sperl on April 22, 1941, in Blackduck. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on Sept. 18, 1943, and entered into active duty on Oct. 11, 1943. He received an honorable discharge with the rank of sergeant Nov. 10, 1945. While serving in the U.S. Army he received a Good Conduct Medal, World War II Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon, Three Bronze Service Stars and a Distinguished Unit Badge Go 183 44th Inf. Div. 45 Bronze Star Medal. He was a dairy farmer all his life. He was employed as a manger at the Blackduck Creamery and worked for McGary Brothers Construction Company in the 1960s. He was the Summit Township Assessor for more than 20 years. He was on the Blackduck Creamery Board of Directors, the Board of Directors for the Senior Citizens Center in Blackduck, and the Beltrami Electric Board for 11 years. He received a certificate of recognition from the Headwaters Regional Development Commission as Outstanding Beltrami County Senior Citizen on July 19, 1995, at the HRDC Conference on Aging. He was presented a plaque for 10 years of service from the Minnkota Power Cooperative March 31, 1989. He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Blackduck and served his church as a lector, on the Parish Council and sang in the church choir. He enjoyed hunting, reading and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of Blackduck; daughters, Shirley Parker of Corcoran, Minn., Patricia (James) Rasmusson of Littlefork, Minn., Elizabeth (Walter) Mohs of Shooks, Minn., and Yvonne (Edward) Mohs of Kelliher, Minn.; sons, Kenneth (Lynne) Hentges of Blackduck, Alan (Deb) Hentges of Blackduck and Thomas (Kate) Hentges of Shoreview, Minn.; 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sisters, Julianna Hommerding of Bemidji and Theresa (Ray) Theisen of Blackduck; brothers, Leander (Delphine) Hentges of Crosby, Minn., and Cyril Hentges of Rogers, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Joseph Hentges, Victor Hentges, and John Hentges.

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