Archive for Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Enrique Hernandez

November 24, 2004

Enrique Hernandez

1919-2004

Enrique Hernandez, 85, a retired U.S. Army sergeant first class, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004, at his home in rural Leavenworth.

Mr. Hernandez was born Nov. 20, 1919, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, the son of Simeon and Petra (Sanchez) Hernandez.

He married Narcisa Negron on May 9, 1939, in Caguas. She survives of the home.

Mr. Hernandez retired from the Army after serving for more than 25 years. He had served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He received several citations, including the Bronze Star. After retiring from the Army, he worked as a nurse at the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing. He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Lansing, Knights of Columbus Council 900 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 56.

He enjoyed spending time in his workshop and making items, including benches and birdhouses, for friends and family.

Other survivors include five daughters, Alice Terron and Norma Runnebaum, both of Leavenworth, Gloria Spence, of the home, Rose Mary Cruz, Portage, Ind., and Irma Searcy, Weston, Mo.; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Juanita Maymi, Caguas, and several nieces and nephews in Puerto Rico.

Friends may call from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today at Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 900 Ida. Burial with full military honors at Leavenworth National Cemetery will follow.

The family suggests memorials to Leavenworth Hospice in care of the funeral chapel, 500 Oak, Leavenworth.

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