Timothy “Tim” John Hennen
Timothy “Tim” John Hennen, age 64, of Morton, MN passed away unexpectantly on May 14, 2023 at his home doing what he loved. Visitation will be held from 3-8pm with a prayer service at 8pm on Friday, May 19th at Birch Coulee Arena located at 35480 675th Ave, rural Morton. Celebration of Life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, May 20, 2023 with visitation from 12 noon until 2pm at Birch Coulee Arena with a luncheon to follow. Please bring lawn chairs for Friday and Saturday services. Burial will be on Saturday, May 27, 2023 following the Ranch Rodeo at Birch Coulee Arena. We will have a funeral procession on horseback from the arena to Calvary Catholic cemetery in Morton for a graveside service.The Nelson-Hillestad Funeral and Cremation Service of Morgan and Redwood Falls are in charge of the arrangements. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelson-hillestad.com<http:
Tim was born on November 17, 1958 to Irwin and Marie (Rossmann) Hennen. Tim received his education from Morton High School and graduated in 1977. In June of 1980, Tim married Barbara Sands. In their 15 years of marriage, they had 3 children together. Throughout his young life, he worked for several local carpenters. Around 1983 he started his ranching lifestyle by raising Charolais cattle. He was a member of the Morton Fire Department for 22 years. He was a janitor and school bus driver for Morton Elementary School for many years. When Morton school closed in 1994, Tim went back to construction and worked at Schult Homes in Redwood Falls. In August of 2013, Tim was united in marriage to Eva Rudolph.
In his spare time, he was able to pursue his biggest passion, training horses and established Birch Coulee Arena. With his kind yet gruff way of teaching, he has helped several hundred people with their horsemanship. His intuitive horse sense allowed him to connect to horses in a way that few could. Only the brave would follow him on a trail ride through his beloved coulee. His best attributes were his gift of gab and witty sense of humor. Tim began ranch rodeos in 1999 at Birch Coulee Arena and Swingin E Ranch. Since then, they have grown to include traveling to county fairs and other small-town events. Every year it seems that a new venue has been added. His greatest wish was for the sport of ranch rodeo and his passion for horses to continue on to future generations.
He is survived by his wife, Eva Rudolph of Morton; children: Meghann (Shawn) Kodet of Morton, Dustin (Autumn) Hennen of Morton, Amanda (Scott) Gertken of Watkins. Also adoring Tim, were his grandchildren: Morgan, Chase and Brooklyn Kodet; Jalissa Columbus, Jamen and Jaxton Hennen, and Hayslee Braaten; Breanna and Brody Gertken. Most recently Tim was promoted to great-grandpa by Waylon Danielson. He is survived by his siblings; Merlin (special friend Audrey) Hennen of Olivia, Marylou (Sy) Moelter of New Ulm, Pat Reitter of Redwood Falls, Tom (Sharon) Hennen of Denison, IA, Dan “Peach” Hennen (special friend Shirley) of Morton, Mike (Jean) Hennen of Olivia, Joe (Betsy) Hennen of Olivia, Howard (special friend Marcia) Herrgott of Belle Plaine, Charles (Cindy) Herrgott of Shakopee, Ivy (Pete) Beebe of Shakopee. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Irwin and Marie Hennen, infant brothers Floyd and Gerald Hennen, sister-in-law Patricia Hennen, brother-in-law Dave Reitter, sister-in-law Ursula Hennen, nephew Alan Reitter, brother-in-law Stephan Herrgott, and brother-in-law Thomas Herrgott.