Mac Kenneth Hennigan
Mac Kenneth Hennigan was born on June 29, 1938 to Gus Horton and Bessie Jewell (Cummings) Hennigan in Jonesboro Hodge, LA. He passed away peacefully January 20, 2020 in Oklahoma City, OK.
Mac served in the United States Army for 22 years, serving a tour in Vietnam and 2 tours in Korea. In 1979 he retired with full honors and rank of Major, however, retiring from the military at that time was his one and only regret. After his military service Mac spent the next 20 years working in the rent-to-own business both in the U.S. and Canada retiring as the Chief Operating Officer in 1999. Although he saw much success in his business career his biggest success was as a husband, father, Papaw and a faithful friend to so many. He loved the outdoors and looked for any opportunity to go hunting or fishing. He loved watching football. As an alumnus from the University of Nebraska, Mac never missed cheering on his Cornhuskers and as an American he always cheered for the Dallas Cowboys! He cherished his family and was most at home when he was surrounded by his grandchildren. He was a great example of a father to his two sons and loved them well including their wives. Most important to him was the love of his life, his high school sweetheart and wife, Jan. She was everything to him and he faithfully loved her over their almost 64 years of marriage. Most importantly he knew and loved Jesus. Over the past 20 years his faith became stronger and he often shared his love for the Lord with others.
Survivors include his wife, Jan Hennigan; two sons, Doug Hennigan and wife Chrissy of Tulsa, OK and Scott Hennigan and wife Marcé of Norman, OK; sister, Dorothy Brown of Quitman, LA; six grandchildren, Angela Stottlemyre and husband Caleb of Glendale, AZ, Caleb Hennigan, Addie Hennigan, Kayleigh Hennigan, McKenna Hennigan and Kai Hennigan all of Norman; friends as close as family, Jeff & Shannon Baldwin and children Riley and Gentry Baldwin of Bixby, OK; and numerous nephews, nieces and loved ones.
Mac was preceded in death by his parents, Gus & Bessie Hennigan; sister, Helen Harrington; four brothers, Moultre Hennigan, Malvin Hennigan, Murl Hennigan and Leslie Hennigan.
Celebration of Life Services for Mac will be held 2PM, Friday, January 24, Wildwood Community Church, 1501 24th Ave. NE, Norman.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are being made to Young Life - South Central Oklahoma (OK21).
Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.tribute.care (405.292.4787).
Published on January 21, 2020

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Neauman D. Coleman
Feb 02, 2020
On behalf of the men of B 2/19th FA in Viet Nam that had the privilege of serving with Mac, may we extend our most heart felt condolences to Jan and family. Mac was a "soldiers" soldier. He was an exceptional leader to all who served with him, in Nam, and afterward. He guided us all across War Zone C, from LZ Jamie to Cambodia and beyond. His leadership was calm, not harsh, and with the utmost respect for his fellow soldier, often extending fatherly consolation and advice to so many young troopers, in a war, far from home.
Mac, even after his second retirement, was ever a telephone connection away, checking on each whose heart he touched with encouragement, despite his numerous health is
...sues. Always, always Mac spoke of his undying love and appreciation for his dear wife Jan. His sons and wives, with grandchildren were the light to his day. He spoke of his daughter-in-law as being the best ever possible.
Mac's passing leaves a empty hole to so many. Our belief and expression is found in Matthew 5:4, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
May the Peace of God be with Jan and her family.

Neauman D. Coleman, XO "B" 2/19th FA
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Dick Sowder
Feb 01, 2020
I am shocked to hear of the passing of a dear friend, colleague in Army Service (especially MAAG Ethiopia), fellow "bootstrapper"at UNO, business partner in "H&S Curtis Mathis", and best of all, fellow servant of Jesus Christ. Regrettably we had lost contact over the years, but the many memories are poignant. Mac once said of me, "Dick is the kind of guy you can trust your wife with." Mac was a Prince. May he enjoy being in the presence of the King forever!
Dennis Owens
Feb 01, 2020
Mac was a true leader and a great Soldier. My condolences to his family and friends.

William Smith
Gunner LZ Jay
Dennis Owens
Feb 01, 2020
It was a shity job but we were well led and damn good at it.

Pat O'Lear
1 Lt LZ Jay
Dennis Owens
Feb 01, 2020
Gentlemen,
I only knew all of you for three days on Fire Base Jay when we got hit.

But Thru all the following years, Mac has remained my commanding officer, checking up on me every couple years out of the blue. He only new me for three days. How many men did he command over his career. I asked him. He said he was just thinking about FB JAY. Today We All Think About Mac.
Bill Tienken
1 LT FBO FB JAY
Grant Van Buren
Jan 31, 2020
Mac was my battery Commander while I served in Vietnam, he was a great leader and set a great example as a Military Officer.
His leadership brought Brovo Battery trough an NVA attack on LZ Jay March 29th 1970.
Thank You Mac. Sergeant Grant Van Buren , section chief gun # 2.
God bless you and your family
Dennis Owens
Jan 31, 2020
Gentlemen,

Allen Norris has informed me that Mac Hennigan has passed away.

Although most of us only knew him for a short time, he played a brief but intense part in our lives. I was a 23 year old draftee when I arrived in Viet Nam, and you can just imagine how I felt about being there. I had lived on Landing Zone Jamie for only a short time when the new Battery Commander arrived. He did not say much for the first few days, but instead "took the lay of the land". He had joined the Army as an enlisted man and risen to the rank of E-7 when he was "ordered" by a commanding officer to sign-up for Officer Candidate School.

We all met Mac as Capt. Hennigan.

The first time I saw him was f
...rom afar on a clear, hot Viet Nam day on LZ Jamie. One of the men next to me pointed him out and commented that he had been an E-7 before going to OCS. My immediate comment: "we are all screwed". Why? he asked. Because that man was an E-7, and now he is a Capt....."there isn't anything about the Army he doesn't know, and we can't get away with anything". And I was right.

At first, he was not exactly my favorite person, but as we all know, in the Army, that has no bearing on anything. However, as the days passed and I got to know him a little better, I realized that he not only had the ability to manage an artillery battery, but the innate skill to lead men in battle. His career and mine were very different, but at that point in our lives fighting in the jungles of Viet Nam our goals were much the same: Follow orders, accomplish your mission, and keep you and your fellow soldiers alive. For the most part, I think we achieved that.

Rest in peace, Capt. Hennigan, rest in peace.

Dennis Owens

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Gordon J Reykdal and Family
Jan 26, 2020
We were certainly saddened to hear of the passing of such a great person that we are honoured to know and share time with.
Our condolences to Jan and the entire Family.
Best, Gordon, Carrie Reykdal and Family.
weldon starkey
Jan 25, 2020
tai and i are so very sad to hear of mac's passing. i remember so well that you tapped me on the shoulder at trinity church about 7 years ago and asked if I was weldon. from that time we were able to rekindle a relationship that began over 50years ago in ethiopia. i loved mac,s stories and so admired his effort to regain his health by going to the best doctors in the world. Jan , he loved you so much and your personal care was the best. I wish I could thank him again for all the pictures he copied for me. when ever you feel like traveling again please come and stay with in Oregon. we love you so much. weldon and tai
Kelly Billard McNeil
Jan 25, 2020
I have many special memories of Mac, my favourite out of Pictou county Nova Scotia with taffy and Jan, a warm summer night feasting on sea food, Mac was a special person with a heart the size of Texas, and a smile that would always welcome me, Jan my thoughts are with you and your family.

Kelly
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TOM & MARTHA CARLTON
Jan 22, 2020
We are so sorry to hear MAC is gone. We love y’all so much and he will be missed. The best man and friend we have ever known.