Edward B. Henning. Sr., 92, formerly of Mehoopany, passed away July 2nd, 2017 after a brief illness. Ed was born April 22, 1925 to Orrin Wesley and Julia Wood Myers Henning. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Daniel Myers Henning, Ralph Stemples Henning, and his wife Betty Comstock Lane.
He is survived by six children: Shelia Ruth Wood, R. Julia Rohman (Malek), Audrey Marie Thompson (Stephen), Denise Jean Henning (Jeff), Edward Bender Henning, Jr. (Barbara), and Melissa Henning Skarbek (Tim). He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Ed trained as a B-17 tail gunner in Dyersburg, TN during WWII. He was in sick bay with scarlet fever the day the rest of his crew lost their lives in a training accident, an event that caused him great sorrow to the end of his days.
After the Army Air Corps, he worked as a traveling salesman for Grand Union, as a draftsman for IBM, and Penn DOT. He was postmaster in Mehoopany, PA, having been commissioned by President Lyndon Johnson, and was well-known to local residents.
Ed loved being outdoors, hiking, hunting, and fishing on Dutch Mountain, with more than a few exploits involving Camp Wahoo. He was a lover of sports, especially baseball, (having played on the Mehoopany baseball team in his youth), and an avid football fan. He was well-versed in current events, politically aware, and had a mischievous wit.
In lieu of flowers, he desired donations be directed to the Veteran’s Museum, Dyersburg Army Air Base Memorial Association, Inc., 100 Veterans’ Drive, Halls, TN 38040.