William D. Henning II, of Chincoteague Island, VA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 31, after a complicated battle with cancer. In his 70 years, Bill was dedicated to the communities he called home and, most importantly, devoted to those he proudly called family. Born on November 4, 1950, Bill was born in Bellefonte, PA but considered State College, PA his hometown. Bill was the son of the late William D. and Virginia Kylor. Henning. He graduated from State College Area High School in 1968 and attended many of their reunion activities. After high school, Bill attended HACC earning a technical degree in computer science. One of his local claims-to-fame is being the former owner, with his dad, of the famed Penn State Diner and their world-famous Grilled Stickies. While holding a variety of different positions throughout his career, Bill was a salesman where he put his fluency in sarcasm, ability to make connections, and a genuine smile to great use. He also had a multi-year run of making award-winning Halloween costumes for his kids. Many knew him by the nickname BandAid Bill after many years selling first aid supplies throughout central Pennsylvania. Bill retired from CINTAS First Aid after more than 20 years, however, he continued working as an usher at the Penn State Bryce Jordan Center and Pegula Ice Arena, and later working at the KOA Campground on his beloved island. Chincoteague Island, VA was a favorite vacation spot for Bill along with his immediate, and extended family. After retirement, Bill relocated to Chincoteague where he met his wife Gael. They married in July last year. He loved the island, the seafood, the people, and the beach.
Leading into retirement and up until the very end, Bill was a dedicated volunteer for Kiwanis, and their service and support of children. He was a member of several clubs - Mill Hall, Bald Eagle & Nittany Valley, and Chincoteague Island. He was once President of each club and served as a Lieutenant Governor of Div. 12 N. PA Kiwanis and a Trustee of Region 4 of PA Kiwanis.. He founded the first ever annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mill Hall Park and later at Long Run Park. He helped organize road clean-ups, participated in polar bear plunges to raise money, and collected donated furniture for the barn sales on Chincoteague Island. Being a donor of over 10 gallons of blood, he also helped support and coordinate numerous blood drives with the American Red Cross. During the holidays he also volunteered as a Bell Ringer for the Salvation Army.
Bill was an avid reader, a hunter, a scuba diver, a Nittany Lion fan, a volunteer, and devoted to his friends and family. Gone too soon, he will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by all. Bill is survived by his wife Gael Rapp Henning of Chincoteague, his son, Chad (Nicole) Henning of Bellefonte, his daughter Christie (David) Lose of Mill Hall, two grandchildren, Nicholas Henning and Madison Henning, his brother, Howard (Patti) Henning of PA Furnace, his sister, Cathie (Terry) Dick of PA Furnace, and numerous nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Henning whose wife Bonnie survives .
Services will be held on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the Rote United Methodist Church, Beagle Road, Mill Hall, PA. Visitation will begin at 12:00pm followed immediately by a Celebration of Life Service at 2:00pm.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Kiwanis of Chincoteague (PO Box 23, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336).
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