Henry M. Zinnel, 99, of Mandan, passed away May 3, 2019, at Miller Pointe, Mandan.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday at Christ The King Catholic Church, Mandan. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Henry was born Nov. 9, 1919, at St. Anthony to Anton and Maria (Kustritz) Zinnel. He was raised and educated at St. Anthony. At an early age, he worked as a farm hand, where he met his future bride.
He and Eleanor Wenger were married Feb. 24, 1941, in Mandan. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, and proudly served his country during World War II, spending time in Africa and Europe. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Henry returned to Mandan and started his career as a heavy equipment operator running a backhoe for Zachmeier’s of Mandan.
He was a self-taught crane operator that led to his career with James J. Igoe and Sons for 25 years, building bridges on North Dakota highways.
Henry was a member of the local 49 International Union of Operating Engineers, Mandan Moose and a 57-year member of the American Legion.
Henry enjoyed gardening, camping, walking, listening to polka music and spending time with his grandchildren. For the past five years, he lived at Edgewood Vista and even at age 99 continued to walk up to 1 mile a day. He enjoyed playing bingo and eating his favorite treat, Whoppers malted milk balls.
His family extends a special thank you to the staff at Edgewood Vista for their care and friendship during his stay. A heartfelt thank you to our siblings, Roseanna and Shirley, for taking special care of our dad since the passing of our mother.
Henry is survived by his daughters, Roseanna Bonagofsky and Shirley (Melvin) Fleck, Mandan, Donna (DuWayne) Boehm, Cottage Grove, Minn.; sons, Ervin (Patricia) and David, both of Mandan; nine grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and nine great great grandchildren.
Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor, who died on Feb. 13, 2003; son, Henry Jr; parents, Anton and Maria; son-in-law, Bernard Bonagofsky; three grandchildren, Terry, Kevin and Scott Bonagofsky; sisters, Lucy Schramm and Mary Ann Zinnel; brothers, Anton, Carl, Leonard, Clemence, and Lawrence.
The family requests that memorials to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Go to www.weigelfuneral.com to sign the guest book and share memories with his family.