|Bennie G. Hegrenes, 87|
|Written by TRF Times|
Ada - Bennie G. Hegrenes, 87, of Ada and formerly of Thief River Falls, died on Saturday, May 14, 2005 at Bridges Medical Center in Ada. He had been under Hospice Care.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 17, at Faith United Church in Ada.
Bennie was born on January 9, 1918, in Thief River Falls, the son of Johannes and Marit (Olsen) Hegrenes. He attended country school outside of Thief River Falls. After his parents died, he worked on several farms until 1938. He then moved to Borup, to work for his brother, Joseph Hegrenes. He worked there until he married Laura Malakowski on December 9, 1941, at her parent’s house near Lockhart. He then worked on the farm for his father-in-law, Frank Malakowski, until 1946. They purchased a house in Lockhart and Bennie began farming on his own. He farmed until 1970.
After retirement from farming, he worked for Anderson Building Center, until retiring in 1983. He then worked part time for Ada Co-op,Vilmo Farms and Tim Anderson. He was a very active member off Faith United Church in Ada and served on the church board of trustees for a number of years. Bennie loved to bowl and had many trophies to show his winnings. He also loved to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, loved to work in the garden and do yard work. He delivered Meals on Wheels for many years, until he was too sick to continue.
Bennie is survived by his wife, Laura of Ada; one son, Ordean (Susan) Hegrenes of Rochester; one daughter, Lila Hegrenes of Ada; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Olga (Norton) Nelson of Thief River Falls, Hazel (Bob) Oden of Minneapolis and Doris (Paul) Senstad of Golden Valley; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Casper, Joseph and Henry; five sisters, Mildred Hegrenes, Gerda Knutson, Christine Barstad, Selma Westby and Anna Leiran.