Erwin “Sonny” Henrichs Jr., age 73 of Donnelly, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2019, under the care of Knute Nelson Hospice, surrounded by family at his home near Donnelly.

Memorial service for Erwin “Sonny” Henrichs Jr., of Donnelly, Minnesot, will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church in Morris, with Reverend Dell Sanderson officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be held at a later date at Summit Cemetery, in Morris, Minnesota.

Erwin LeRoy “Sonny” Henrichs, Jr., son of Erwin Sr. and Clara (Giese) Henrichs was born on March 4, 1946, at the Morris Hospital in Morris, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Morris. Sonny grew up on the family farm northeast of Donnelly, Minnesota. Attending school in Hoffman, he excelled on the high school football team. Graduating from Hoffman High in 1964, Sonny began farming with his father. He married Elaine Lesmeister in January of 1965, through this union one son, Brian was born. That same year, Sonny purchased his own farm in Rendsville Township, 3½ miles from the family farm. He married Loraine Johnson on February 15, 1997. The couple continued to live on the farm, where Sonny was engaged in farming with his son, Brian and grandson, Darrick until his retirement in 2017. After his retirement, Sonny continued to oversee the farm duties from his kitchen window.

He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Morris. Sonny and Loraine over the past 23 years enjoyed spending winter months at South Padre. He liked watching local sporting events and following the Minnesota Vikings. Sonny had a passion for the land and farming; and will be remembered as a kind man and a hard worker.

Sonny is survived by his wife: Loraine Henrichs; one son: Brian (Cindy) Henrichs of Donnelly, MN; three grandchildren: Darrick (Amber) Henrichs of Donelly, MN, Haley Henrichs of Donnelly, MN, and Mikaela (Michael) Walsh of Donnelly, MN; and one sister: Carrie Melchert, Morris, MN; one niece: Kay (David) Storck of Morris, MN; and a great-niece and great-nephew: Courtney and Corey Storck of Morris, MN; three step-sons: Tony Lewis, Terry Lewis and Greg Bakke; and five sisters-in-law.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, one brother-in-law: Delbert Melchert, one nephew: Steven Melchert, one sister-in-law, and two brothers-in-law.

Services for Sonny are with Pedersen Funeral Home.


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