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Judi (Widder) Henricksen

April 29, 1938 ~ July 3, 2019 (age 81)


Judi Henricksen, 81, of DeWitt, Iowa, died Wednesday evening, July 3, 2019, at Clarrisa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

Judith Ann Widder Henricksen was born April 29, 1938, at Prophetstown, Illinois, the youngest daughter of Earl and Blanche (Adams) Widder. On April 25, 1964, she was united in marriage to Donald W. Henricksen, divorcing in 1991.

Judi began her education at the one-room Barkley Grade School, Jordan Township, Sterling, Illinois. She then moved to a farm north of Morrison, Illinois, attending one-room Gridley Grade School, Ustick Township, Whiteside County, where she graduated from eighth grade. Judi graduated in 1955 from Morrison Community High School. Pursuing her beloved profession of an executive secretary, she enrolled and graduated from Rockford Business School, Rockford, Illinois, in 1958. Judi entered employment as an executive secretary for the business school and several years later, executive secretary at Ingersoll Milling Machine Company. Marriage in 1964 brought her to Clinton and in 1972 to DeWitt where she and her husband owned and operated Henricksen Trucking for 14 years. Judi retired in 2005 after 15 years in government work with Clinton County, primarily as Administrative Assistant to the Clinton County Board of Supervisors.

She was an active member of the DeWitt United Methodist Church, having served as Church Treasurer, Financial Secretary, as well as a member of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Memorial Committee, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Administrative Board secretary and secretary/treasurer for 13 years of the church’s Endowment Board of Managers. Upon retirement, Judi was a contracted "trip driver" for 12 years with Krieger Motors of DeWitt., enjoying the long distance trips, topography of the land and the latest model cars and trucks. She served five years in the position of Treasurer of the Clinton County Fair Board and after which she volunteered with the Clinton County Pioneer Cemetery Commission, filling the position of treasurer. Judi loved the sport of bowling and over the years, belonged to various leagues, the latter being the Monday Hour and One-Half League. She served as a board member of the DeWitt Women’s Bowling Association for several years and did accomplish her goal of over 50 years participation in the sport. She actively bowled in both state and national tournaments. Traveling and meeting people were the highlight of her life, as well as sharing time with were her family members, especially her daughter and her family.

Surviving are her only child, Jill and her son-in-law, John Mootz of Clinton; her grandson, Tyler Mootz, of Delaware and her granddaughter, Bethany Mootz of Clinton; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law; many nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, as well as all of the friends garnered over the years. Her much-loved and adored four-legged "roomie", Shadow, passed on the same day as her and was waiting for her arrival.

Judi was preceded in death by her father, mother, four sisters, one brother, three brothers-in-law and one nephew.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the United Methodist Church, DeWitt. The Rev. Tom Boomershine will officiate. A luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Clinton Humane Society.

Condolences may be expressed at

"It is not the years we have experienced, but the miles endured and the memories endeared in those years".

Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt.

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July 13, 2019

11:00 AM
United Methodist Church
222 12th Street
DeWitt, Iowa 52742

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