Life of John George Hengen

Children of John George Hengen
and Marie Anna Navratil

daughter of Anton Navratil and Anna Maria Prasek

1920 Federal Census Biloxi, MS

Marie Anna Navratil Hengen
circa 1925

1930 Federal Census Biloxi, MS

Back Row - Louis Hengen, Marie Ann Hengen, Darius Hengen
Front Row - Quintin Hengen, John George Hengen, Marie Navratil Hengen, Lucius Hengen
In Front - Hilary Lawrence Hengen
Not in Picture - John George Hengen, Jr.

John George Hengen...John George Hengen III...John George Hengen, Jr.
August 1936

John George Hengen, Jr.
Born: 13 Sep 1910
Place: Crete, NE
Died: 19 Aug 1997
Place: Biloxi, MS
Married: Elizabeth Disney Joullian
Born: 2 Apr 1908
Place: Biloxi, MS
Died: 10 Oct 1976
Place: Biloxi, MS
Date Married: 25 Dec 1930

Louis J. Hengen
Born: 23 Aug 1912
Place: Biloxi, MS
Died: 18 Sep 1989
Place: Biloxi, MS
Married: Jamie Waddell
Born: 1 May 1919
Place: Erwin, TN
Died: 26 Nov 2006
Place: Biloxi, MS
Date Married: 15 Dec 1948

Mrs. Jamie Waddell Hengen, a true Southern Lady of Biloxi, MS, died Sunday, November 26, 2006, in Biloxi.

Mrs. Hengen was born May 1, 1919, in Erwin, Tennessee, and had been a resident of Louisville, Kentucky. She spent most of her childhood growing up Fairhope, Alabama before moving to Biloxi. She was a 1939 graduate of Biloxi High School and employed with the First National Bank of Biloxi (now Bancorp South). She and Louis Hengen were married December 15, 1948 at The Episcopal Church of The Redeemer by Rev. E.A. DeMiller.

Mrs. Hengen was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Hengen, in 1989; parents, James H. and Mollie C. Waddell. Survivors include her daughters, Sheri H. Nelson and her husband, Steve, of Iuka, MS, and Jamie Lynn H. Swan and her husband, George, of Baton Rouge, LA; son, Wayne L. Hengen of Biloxi, and grandchildren, Heather Hengen of Cordova, TN, Louis Hengen of Washington, D.C., David Nelson, Stacey Nelson and Mollie Nelson all of Iuka, MS.

Visitation is Tuesday, November 28, 2006, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes in Biloxi. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Southern Memorial Park. The family requests that memorials be made to one's favorite charity.

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Published in The Sun Herald on 11/28/2006.
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Darius Hengen
Born: 9 Jun 1914
Place: Biloxi, MS
Died: 28 Mar 1992
Place: Biloxi, MS
Married: Ruth Elizabeth Chapman
Born: 3 Nov 1925
Place: Gulfport, MS
Died: 10 Jan 1997
Place: Biloxi, MS
Date Married: 3 Jun 1945 in Biloxi, MS

Quentin Hengen...Darius Hengen...Ruth Elizabeth Chapman Hengen...

Marie Ann Hengen
Born: 18 Apr 1916
Place: Biloxi, MS
Died: 19 Nov 1994
Place: Biloxi, MS
Married: Alfred William Stillman
Born: 28 Jul 1914
Place: Biloxi, MS
Lived: 2006
Place: West Plains, MO
Date Married: 17 Apr 1940 in Biloxi, MS

Hilary Lawrence Hengen
Born: 8 Mar 1918
Place: Biloxi, MS
Died: 31 Jan 2009
Place: Portsmouth, OH
Married: Jeanne Armstrong
Born: 5 Jan 1924
Place: New York, NY
Died: 21 Jan 1997
Place: Sharon, CT
Date Married: 28 Oct 1947
     in Lincoln, NE

Quintin Hengen
Born: 3 Oct 1920
Place: Biloxi, MS
Lived: 2006
Place: Biloxi, MS
Married: Eloise Anderson
Born: 26 Nov 1926
Place: Biloxi, MS
Died: 16 Feb 1996
Place: Biloxi, MS
Date Married: 27 Jun 1952

Quintin Hengen

Mr. Quintin Hengen, age 86, of Biloxi, MS, died Tuesday, December 26, 2006, in Perkinston, MS.

Mr. Hengen was a lifelong resident of the coast. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Biloxi and attended Sunday School every Sunday for 37 years without missing a day. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #120 and was a dairy farmer in Harrison County for thirty years. Mr. Hengen was a member of the U.S. Air Force B-24 Bomber Crew, during WWII, 1943-1944, 13th Air Force, 307th Bomb Group, 372nd Bomb Squadron, and flew over 50 missions over the South Pacific in B-24's as flight engineer and top turret gunner. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation with the Gold Leaf Cluster, and several Combat Gold Leaf Clusters for missions as well as theater area ribbons. He was the holder of the Good Conduct Medal.

Mr. Hengen was preceded in death by his wife, Eloise Anderson Hengen, whom he married on June 27, 1952; a sister, Marie Stillman; and three brothers, Louis, John and Darius Hengen.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Hengen; grandson, Orrin Quentin Cummins; granddaughter, Ariel Cummins, all of Biloxi; and brothers, Hilary Hengen of Portsmouth, Ohio and Lucius Hengen of Biloxi, MS.

Visitation will be on Friday, December 29, 2006, from 8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m., followed by a 9:15 a.m. chapel service, all at the Pass Road Chapel of Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Biloxi National Cemetery.

December 28, 2006
My honor and privilege was being raised from birth through high school by my Uncle Quintin "Jim" Hengen. He was my personal hero as well as an American Hero in WWII. My Uncle Jim lives on in me and in my life. I am so very fortunate to have had him as a member of my family.
Bill Stillman (Biloxi)

Arthur Hengen
Born: 23 Oct 1922
Place: Biloxi, MS
Died: 1 Nov 1922
Place: Biloxi, MS

Lucius Hengen
Born: 20 Sep 1924
Place: Biloxi, MS
Lived: 2006
Place: Biloxi, MS
Married: Elizabeth "Betty" Lois Gilbert
Born: 6 Oct 1932
Place: Biloxi, MS
Lived: 2006
Place: Biloxi, MS
Date Married: 28 Jul 1957
   in the Epworth United
   Methodist Church, Biloxi, MS

Frank Hengen
Born: 29 June 1930
Place: Biloxi, MS
Died: 29 Jun 1930
Place: Biloxi, MS

Information and data presented in these pages is based on research documented by John George Hengen III in 1991
Updated by Bill Stillman in Dec 2006
Information on Hilary Hengen received from Nancy Louise Hengen Monaghan in March 2000
Information and data has been obtained from