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Paul Michael Henning

MONTREAL, Wis. - Paul Michael Henning, 59, of Montreal, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at his home.

Paul was born on April 17, 1962, in Tacoma, Washington, a son of Michael Paul and Lynda Kay Paulette (Eilo) Henning. He grew up in Kimball and graduated from J.E. Murphy High School in Hurley with the class of 1980.

Paul proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1981 to 1995. He was an active member of the Mercier-Kero American Legion Post 371 in Saxon.

On Aug. 27, 1994, Paul was united in marriage to Karen Jean Maki at the Kimball Park.

He was a dedicated fan of the Green Bay Packers and treasured his time at the Henning's Hide-Away Hunting Camp in Kimball. He enjoyed deer and bear hunting, painting and absolutely loved being on his boat at beautiful Saxon Harbor.

Paul was a talented cook and was employed at the Windjammer Lounge Restaurant in Hurley. Then, he went to work as a logger with his brother, Michael, and later for Davy Leinon. From 1996 to 2006, Paul and his wife, Karen, owned and operated the Bear Trap Inn in Saxon. After that, he was employed at the city of Montreal. Paul concluded his working career in property management for Decker Welch, LLC in Manitowish. Throughout the years, he worked as a bartender at Mac's Bar in Hurley.

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Karen; two stepdaughters, Michele (Terry) Seibel and Debbie (Fred) Ruppe; three stepgrandchildren, Tanner Stephani, Blake Ruppe and Brooke Ruppe; his father, Michael Henning (Jean); three sisters and a brother, Cindy (Kenny) Waldros, Teresa Henning (Terry), Michael Henning (Roxanne) and Crystal Schutz (Ken); his brother-in-law, Dean Waldros; an aunt, Carol (John) Brinnington; an uncle, Gene (Barb) Henning; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Vuorenmaa and Janice (Dennis) DeMeio; two brothers-in-law, Marvin (Kathy) Maki and Joseph Tibaldo; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother, Lynda Henning; a stepgrandson, Trevor Stephani; a sister, Lisa Waldros; five brothers-in-law, Matt Schutz, Sulo Vuorenmaa, Donald (Carolyn) Maki, and twins, Ray and Rey Maki; and two sisters-in-law, Joyce (Les) Price and Dorothy Tibaldo.

There will be a celebration of Paul's life on Saturday, April 23, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Kimball Community Center, 5708 Center Dr., in Hurley. Military rites will be accorded at the community center at 3 p.m., by the Mercier-Kero American Legion Post 371 Honor Guard, followed by words of comfort by Chaplain Matt Agee.

Cards of condolence may be sent in care of Karen Henning, 81 Minnesota Ave., Montreal, WI 54550.

Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield, Michigan, is assisting the family with their arrangements. To send online condolences please go to

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