Joel Henning, 54, of Grinnell, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at the Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines.
He was born Nov. 11, 1962, in Newton, the son of Carl L. and Janice Van Gent Henning. He went to Lynnville-Sully High School where he was a state champion wrestler, he also played football and baseball. Joel graduated from Lynnville-Sully High School with the class of 1981. He furthered his education at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, where he continued to wrestle. He earned his B.A. in business from there in 1984. Following graduation from college, Joel started his career in financial services. He worked most of his career as a stock broker for various companies.
He was united in marriage to Stephanie Griefe. To this union a daughter, Carlie, was born. The two of them later divorced. He enjoyed field trials and quail hunting. He was a talented hunting and field trial dog trainer and handler. He also enjoyed golfing. His daughter Carlie was the light of his life, he looked forward to spending as much time with her as possible.
His family includes his daughter, Carlie Henning of Grinnell; a sister and her husband, Juila and Tony Ross of Oskaloosa; a brother and his wife, Jeff and Laurie Henning of Grinnell; a niece, Bethany (Brian) Gott; two nephews, Jacob Ross and Calvin Korns; two great nephews, Owen Gott and Brydon Henning; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; a nephew, Dustin Henning; and a niece, Jenny Korns.
As was Joel’s wish, his body has been cremated and no visitation is planned. There will be a celebration of life service at a later date. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Joel Henning Memorial Fund to be used for Carlie’s education.