Lamont “Monty” Hennen

After a short and sudden illness, Lamont “Monty” Hennen, age 75, peacefully slipped away from his family early Saturday morning, May 19, 2018, at his home in Prior Lake, MN.

A visitation honoring Monty will be held on Wednesday, May 23 from 3-7 pm, at Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation, 4565 Pleasant Street SE, Prior Lake and on Thursday, May 24 from 9:30-10:45 am, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 11 am, at Lydia Zion United Methodist Church 1026 East 205th Street SE, Jordan, MN. Pastor Larry Kasten will preside, with pall bearers being his grandsons. Monty will be laid to rest at Concord Hill Cemetery, Jordan. Memorials are preferred and will be distributed in his memory by the family.

Lamont Edward was born on April 8, 1943 in Shakopee, MN. He was the fourth of six children born to Florentine and Margaret (Devine) Hennen. Monty was raised on the family farm south of Cynthia Lake, near Lydia, MN. Here, he and his siblings, Shirley, Marlin, Eugene, Michael and Jack, worked countless hours tending to the daily chores. Monty took his farm knowledge and participated in 4H. He attended the Jordan Public Schools and participated on the wrestling team during high school.

After graduating in 1961, Monty remained helping to run the family farm, until it was sold. He then focused more time expanding his trucking business. Monty would transport cattle to South St. Paul Stock Yards and reload with supplies being brought back to the Jordan area. After decades of hauling cattle, he switched gears and started hauling paper products for Gannett another 15 years. After so called ‘retirement’, Monty continued working. For many years, he transported students for the Anderson Bus Company. In recent years, Monty greeted customers with his big smile and warm personality, bagging groceries at Lunds and Byerlys in Prior Lake.

Although Monty’s career was fulfilling, it was his family that enriched his life the most. He married a local farm gal, Shirley Oldenburg on August 22, 1964, at Lydia Zion United Methodist Church. Monty and his family enjoyed the simple life. The Hennen family continued to work on their own hobby farm. Sunday evenings they enjoyed driving to town for a special treat at the Dairy Queen. Each Labor Day, the Hennen family also enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Minnesota State Fair. They had one big memorable excursion to Yellowstone National Park, despite all the car problems along the way. In later years, Monty was blessed with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, which he enjoyed immensely! Especially hiding all the Easter eggs and dressing up as ‘Monty Claus’!

Monty was always busy. He enjoyed volunteering at St Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center and was the longest member of the Fish Lake Sportsman Club. It was his love for baseball that brought him the greatest joy. For 20 years, Monty coached the St. Patrick Baseball Team. He could really connect with the young men and was a great mentor. After coaching, Monty continued his dedication with being involved in the St Patrick Athletic Association. He enjoyed traveling to visit his daughter Michelle and her family in Arizona and to watch baseball spring trainings. Monty also supported the Jordan athletics, watching the high school basketball games and cheering on the Jordan Brewers Baseball Team.

Monty will always be remembered for his giant smile, hardy laugh and welcoming personality. He loved being surrounded by people, listening to stories and catching up on their life. Monty had a generous big heart, always helping others in need.

Forever missed, Monty is loved and survived by his wife, Shirley; children Sheila (Jeff) Wagner, Michelle (Dave) Hoy, Marty (Terri) Hennen; grandchildren, Andrew Wagner, Christopher Wagner, Emily (Dylan) Kiker, Mallory Hennen, Matt Hennen, Justin Hoy, Garrett Hoy, Maxwell Hennen, Madison Hennen; great-grandchildren, Bentley Kiker, Tenley Kiker, Aubrie Hennen, Wesley Hennen; sister, Shirley Marek; brothers, Gene (Karen) Hennen, Mike (Cindy) Hennen, Jack Hennen; sister-in-law, Sheryl Hennen; other relatives and friends.

Monty was welcomed home in heaven by his infant great-grandson, Bryson Hennen; parents, Florentine and Margaret; an infant brother; brother, Marlin Hennen; and brother-in-law, Joe Marek.

The Hennen family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home and Cremation, Prior Lake Chapel.

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  1. marcy and jim pauly


  2. Jack & Jackie Luedke

    We are Jack & Jackie Luedke. We are very close friends of Mont & Shirley Hennen. We have heard that Mont passed. We want to insure that Shirley and the entire family receive our prayers and thoughts on such a tragedy.

  3. Deb (Sauber) Troutman

    Monty was a good guy and will surely be missed. Please know that all of you are in our prayers. Sending much love and prayers for comfort. Bill & Deb

  4. Sandy & Brent Kaul

    Dear Shirley and family, we are so sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

  5. Bonnie Johnston

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

  6. So sorry to hear of Monty’s death! He was such a kind and generous man with our students AND our staff.

  7. Sincere sympathies to the entire Hennen family.

  8. Monte and I worked together at Anderson Bus Co. for many years. Always he had such a positive attitude – he was just a joy to be around – a real day brightener. He will be surely be missed.

  9. Margarert Oldenburg

    Dear Shirley and Hennen family. Monte was so good to so many people in your area. So sorry for your loss. Blessings.

  10. Em, Thea, Melanie

    Monty made our day every time we saw his smiling face. I can hear that distinct chuckle right now. Love to you Shirley and family- Emily, Thea, & Melanie

  11. Anthony Herberg

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Monte was a great guy.

  12. Jerry&Joan Feldten

    We have lost a great friend (of almost 60 yrs) a few days ago. We have many great memories and stories of growing up together with the Lydia bunch. Often we would sit and talk about old times. Monty’s name would always come up, and we would laugh about the crazy things he had done. He will be deeply missed.
    Our deepest sympathy to Shirley and the family

  13. Shirley, Sheila, Marty & Michelle,

    I am so saddened by the loss of your Dad. What a great man and that laugh. Even though it’s been several years since I’ve seen Monty, his laugh is in my head like it was yesterday. He was such a great neighbor to my Mom and she will miss him too!

    So very sorry 🙁

  14. Glynn A. Crooks

    To: The Family of Lamont Hennen,
    I wish to express my deepest Sympathy to the family of Lamont Hennen, especially to his immediate family. I know he will be missed by all those who knew him. Lamont “Monty” Hennen now belongs to the ages, but we liked it better when he belonged to us. He now lives on only in our memory. He is home he is free. Seeing him pass away the way he did doesn’t make it any easier for us to let him go, but let him go we must. Things Lamont left undone must stay that way. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Lamont’s family at this sorrowful time, as you all say farewell to your beloved Lamont.


    Glynn A. Crooks, Member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

  15. Bob & Joyce Feldten

    We were very sorry to hear about your loss of Monty, good friend all through high school and years before that, he will be totally missed always enjoyed seeing him in the summer time Please accept our sympathies, Shirley and your family.

  16. Terry and Dawn Odenthal

    Please accept our most sincere and deepest sympathy. Monty was a good friend to everyone with such a kind heart. His welcoming smile and fun loving laugh will always be remembered. He will be so missed.

  17. Lorraine Scheller Paulsen

    Shirley and family. so sorry to hear about loss. deepest sympathy to your family

  18. Our deepest sympathy to the Hennen family in this loss of a wonderful kind man, will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers…….Gene & Ann Juergens

  19. Carrol and Dorothy Amundson

    Our condolences, We enjoyed attending church with Monty for many years and always being greeted by his friendly smile. Everyone in the Lydia church will miss him and we share your loss,
    Blessings and love,
    Carrol and Dorothy Amundson

  20. Jenna (Robling) Rodenz

    So sorry to hear about Monty. We enjoyed being neighbors to the Hennen’s for many years. I remember going trick-or-treating to their house and seeing him working outside. Babysitting his grandchildren, when I was young, was also a highlight! May you rest in Monty! Blessings on you and your family during this difficult time.

  21. Jan & Ken Hanson

    We really enjoyed Monty, He will really be missed. Blessing on you and your family

  22. Rick & Tanja Gabler

    My wife and I want to convey our thoughts and well wishes to the Hennen family along with all friends close to Monte . Monte was a very good man with a big heart and will be missed.

  23. Bob And Judy Blohm

    So sorry to hear about Monty. Sympathy to Shirley and family. We were friends with Monty for more than 50-years. Will remember Monty and his smiles specially with his visit to my home on Thursday the day he got sick. Shared many memories and laughs the entire afternoon. Blessings to the family of Monty.

  24. Bruce and Susan Volek

    Sending our sincere sympathy to Mark and the Hennen family. Fondly remember working with Monty many years ago. God bless you with comfort and peace.

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