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Kaneland Connection: ‘He’s going to be missed very much’

Former Lions Club president Henne remembered for years of service

ELBURN – Jan Callaghan said she fondly remembers working – for years – at a hot dog stand at Elburn Days with her late husband, Bill, and their close friends, Ronald and Pat Henne.

Ronald Henne died Sunday at age 69, leaving a legacy from years spent helping out with the Elburn Lions Club. Callaghan said the Hennes were “both very good workers.”

“Ron spent a lot of times working at events down there,” she said. “He was just a bubbly guy. … He’s going to be missed very much.”

According to the obituary submitted by Conley Funeral Home, visitation for Henne will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at 116 W. Pierce St. in Elburn. The visitation continues from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with a funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Blackberry Township Cemetery.

The obituary stated that Henne died after a brief battle with cancer.

He was president of the Elburn Lions Club from 1984 to 1985 and was a 1998 winner of the club’s Melvin Jones Award.

Elburn Village President Dave Anderson spoke highly of Henne. Anderson said both he and Henne were members of the Kaneland High School Class of 1962.

“He was one of those individuals who really and truly – and there are others – but he worked at building Lions Park into what it is today,” Anderson said. “He was an integral part of that.”

Anderson called him an “all-around good guy and a hard worker” and said Henne had “three great kids.”

According to the obituary, memorials in Henne’s name may be made to the Elburn Lions Club Helping Hands Fund, care of the Elburn Lions Club, 500 S. Filmore St., Elburn, IL 60119.

Elburn, Maple Park meetings postponed

Because of the extreme cold weather that hit the area this week, village board meetings in Elburn and Maple Park were postponed.

In Maple Park, the board meeting set for Tuesday will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 302 Willow St. in Maple Park.

In Elburn, the board meeting set for Monday will be at 6:45 p.m. Monday at 301 E. North St. in Elburn.

• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at

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