September 13, 2023 at 6:00 a.m.
Wilfred D. “Bill” “Willie” Hinnenkamp, 89, of Meire Grove, passed away peacefully Sept. 6, 2023, at the Tree of Life Assisted Living in New Munich.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 12 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Wilfred Diedrich Hinnenkamp was born April 14, 1934, in Melrose, to Herman and Margaret (Buschmann) Hinnenkamp. After high school, Bill worked on ore ships in the Duluth/Superior area. He started farming and was united in marriage and had nine children. The couple later divorced. Bill was united in marriage to Donna Lahr Dec. 12, 1979. Bill continued farming, which he did for the majority of his life, but after farming he worked different trucking jobs and other various jobs. In 1986, Bill and Donna moved to Meire Grove where he lived until the spring of 2022. He then lived in Melrose until his recent home at the Tree of Life Assisted Living in New Munich.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove, the Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards, especially cribbage. He also loved to tinker around in his shed.
Survivors include his children, Gwen (Marson) Michels, Bruce (Debbie) Hinnenkamp, Brian (Trina) Hinnenkamp, Scott (Diane) Hinnenkamp, Shannon Hinnenkamp, Mark Hinnenkamp, Wayne (Rowena) Hinnenkamp, Chad (Melissa) Rowe and Jay (Annie) Hinnenkamp; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and brothers Herman and Harry Hinnenkamp.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife Donna Hinnenkamp Jan. 8, 2021; son Jeff Hinnenkamp; infant son Russell Hinnenkamp; grandson Landon Hinnenkamp; brothers and sisters Rosella Wieber, Erwin Hinnenkamp, Lucille Loecken, Walter Hinnenkamp, Hildegard Knops, Luella Williams, Arthur Hinnenkamp, Margaret Eiynck and Virginia Caspers.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.