William Henry Henney was born at home in McIntosh, Minnesota on January 25, 1927 to parents Lydia (Bjerk) and Dr. Wm. H. Henney, legendary country doctor. He attended McIntosh Public School, volunteering for the United States Navy in January, 1945, his senior year. He served honorably aboard the USS Quapaw in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during the last year of WWII.
He attended business college and began working at the Ford Garage in McIntosh, then entered into partnership with Bennie Higdem and later Don Simonson as co-owners of Fosston Motors. A devoted public man, he served as Justice of the Peace and City Councilman in McIntosh; on the Board of Directors, Pioneer Memorial Home, Erskine; Trustee at Kingo Lutheran Church, Fosston; and Board of Directors of Twin City Federal, later American Federal Bank. A longtime member of the Masonic Lodge, in later life he enjoyed farming, beekeeping and travel.
He married Marlene Nelson of Oslo, MN on August 14, 1954. They made their home in McIntosh and then Fosston, where they served as supportive members of Kingo Lutheran Church. They raised three children: William Henney (Brenda) of Shorewood, MN, Pamela Henney of West Palm Beach, FL, and LeAnn Bernhardt (Peter), also of West Palm Beach.
Bill was an esteemed businessman, devoted family man, and congenial friend.
Surrounded by family, Bill Henney died peacefully on December 18, 2020 in West Palm Beach at the age of 93 years, 10 months and 23 days.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Beryl, Catherine, Myren, Ardith, Ludvor and Basil, nieces Lynn (Henney) Wang and Barbara (Henney) Williamson and nephew Basil Reilly.
He is survived by Marlene, his beloved wife of 66 years, three children, two grandsons William Henney Jr. and Erik Bernhardt, and many dear nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held in Fosston the summer of 2021, with interment at Our Saviors Cemetery, McIntosh, next to his parents.