William J. "Bill" Henrich, 90, of Remsen, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at the Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen.
William J. (Bill) Henrich was born Feb. 3, 1914, at Ellinger, Texas, the son of Walter and Mary (Maria Hula) Henrich. As a child he and his family moved to Blue Rapids, Kan., where he grew up and attended school. Bill's father was killed when he was 11 years old and he was required to quit school and help support the family. When Bill was 14 years old, he and two friends traveled to Wyoming and worked during the summer building roads over the Big Horn Mountains with a mule and slip scrapper. His migration to Iowa came as a result of needing work, he and his brothers Ted and Jess picked corn by hand. Bill came to the Remsen area in 1932, and during the 1930s he also worked in Sioux City at Cohen Wholesale Grocery, Sherman Produce, and as a farm laborer in the Remsen area.
Bill married Hilda Emma Erichsen on Feb. 27, 1938, at Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen. They settled north of Remsen, first on a Lang farm and then moved south of Remsen to a Seel farm. In 1949, they moved to a farm in section 20 of Henry Township that they eventually owned before retiring in 1986 and moving to Remsen. Bill loved the wide-open spaces, working the soil, raising livestock and could create anything from what others had thrown away. His wife Hilda died in July 2003.
Bill was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Remsen.
Survivors include a son, Gayle and his wife Susan Henrich of Remsen; two grandsons, CJ of Remsen and Jed and his wife Shayla and great-granddaughter Mackenna of Mountain Grove, Mo..; three sisters, Elizabeth Gahn, Ruby Broman and Cassie Mather of Blue Rapids, Kan.; two brothers, Jess and his wife Ada of Salt Lake City, Utah, Clinton and his wife Camelia of Plano, Texas; two brothers-in-law, George Erichsen and his wife, Shirley, and Arnold Erichsen and his wife, Arlene, all of Remsen, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hilda; three sisters, Susie Buchholtz, and Emma Nider, of Blue Rapids, Kan., and Rosa Ross of Topeka, Kan.; and a brother Theodore (Ted) Henrich of Lovell, Wyo.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Remsen, with the Rev. Craig D. Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Remsen City Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Remsen from 3 to 8:30 p.m. with prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Feuerstein Funeral Home of Le Mars is in charge of the arrangements.