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September 01, 2021 - 04:00
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Jerry Lee “Butch” Henneke Jr. made a lasting impression over the last 55 years until his earthly walk ended on Aug. 26 in Glidden.

The adventures began on Sept. 10, 1965, in Houston, being the first born to the proud parents of Jerry Lee and Brenda McCaleb Henneke, to later become the big brother to Dwayne.

Throughout his childhood being raised on the farm in Bernardo, attending school in Columbus, and learning from his older buddies and friends, he became quite the “endless potential… can do it all… and was good at it” young man.

He earned endless trophies and awards showing cattle at local livestock shows and county fairs which eventually lead him to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with a feature interviewed and highlight segment on the news with his favorite award-winning girl “Annie”.

If Butch wasn’t working with his show cattle or on the farm with his dad and brother, he was enjoying the great outdoors as he loved to fish & hunt. As that season would pass and the season for sports would come around, he was then playing his favorite of baseball & football, attending tractor pulls and county fairs and always enjoying a weekend dance somewhere.

In his later years his love for all the above continued to grow as well as his die-hard passion for his favorite teams: The Texas Longhorns, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Astros.

He was absolutely convinced the coach could hear him thorough the TV as he not-so-patiently or quietly questioned “what in the ‘bleep’ are you thinking” after a not-so-glorious attempt to score failed miserably.

On Apr. 26, 1992, Butch celebrated his most cherished accomplishment in life when he and Pennie had their son, Koldin Scott Henneke. His life instantly became brighter, and heart grew even bigger that day and hasn’t stopped as Koldin continues to make him proud and put a smile on his face.

His most recent joy was watching his son and daughter-in-law Tori get married and start a family together with new grandson Wyatt James, which officially made him one happy “Pa”.

Wind in their faces, music on the radio and a slow cruise down a good ole county dirt road couldn’t get much better for Butch with his two best friends and riding buddies Daisy and Dixie. Every moment of freedom, simplicity and peace enjoyed during their drives will now last forever for Butch as his heavenly walk will go on forever and his party will never end.

Butch is survived by his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson Koldin, Tori and Wyatt Henneke; father and stepmother Jerry and Carol Henneke; brother Dwayne Henneke and nephew Cody Henneke; uncles Charlie McCaleb, Jr., Larry and wife Kathy Henneke, Robert and wife Connie Henneke, along with a host of cousins and many friends.

His mother, Brenda Kocian; maternal grandparents, Gladys and Charles McCaleb and paternal grandparents, Laura and Oswald Henneke, predecease him.

A funeral service will be Thursday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home with Clayton Wallin officiating. A visitation will be from 3-6 p.m., also Thursday at Henneke Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers are Karl Ed Valenta, Rick Fosson, Gary Estrada, Donald Nelson, Danny Ostert and Tom Ostert.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, face masks and social distancing will be required at all times.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Industry State Bank, 2015 Milam St., Columbus, Texas 78934, c/o Wyatt James Henneke or to a charity of your choice.

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