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Born: January 5, 1945

Place of Birth: Watertown, SD USA

Death: February 12, 2012

Place of Death: Clark, SD USA

Occupation: Former owner/operator of Denoyers Hardware

Hobbies: Collecting hammerheads, raising his White Park cattle, prolific reader, recognized in South Dakota magazine as an unofficial goodwill ambassador of Clark with his gold coins, avid Notre Dame fan

Organizations: President of the Clark Development Corp.





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ALS - Lou Gehrig's Association


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Henry Thomas Desnoyers

    January 5, 1945  -  February 12, 2012
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Life Legacy


Henry Thomas (H.T.) Desnoyers, age 67, lifetime resident of Clark, died peacefully at his home on Sunday evening, February 12, 2012 after a courageous battle with ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease, with his wife Barb at his side.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 11AM in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church at Clark with The Reverend John Short officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery at Clark. The soloist will be Joe Mahowald. Casketbearers will be Tom Mahowald, Andy Mahowald, Phil Mahowald, Monica Mahowald, Margaret Mahowald and Damian Schmidt.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-7PM with a Liturgical Wake Service beginning at 7PM all in the St. Michael’s Church at Clark. Visitation will continue on Friday morning at the Church after 9AM.

He was born Henry Thomas Desnoyers on January 5, 1945 at Watertown, the son of Henry George and Ann (Reilly) Desnoyers. HT as he became known by many attended elementary school in Clark and graduated from Clark High School in 1963. Henry left the community of Clark and attended the University of Notre Dame at South Bend, IN. He graduated in 1967 and has been extremely proud of his Alma Mater since.

On February 13 of 1971 he was united in marriage to Barbara Anderson at St. Michael’s Catholic Church at Clark.

In 1968 Henry began working in the hardware business with his mother and upon her death in 1982, he became the owner/operator of the business until it was sold in 2010. Desnoyers Hardware had been the oldest family owned hardware store in South Dakota being founded by his grandfather, Henry Joseph Desnoyers, in 1892.

Henry was a member of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church at Clark, he currently was serving as the President of the Clark Development Corporation, a past board member and President of the Minnesota/Dakota Retail Hardware Association, was the official weather observer for Clark and was the recipient of the John Campanius Award for meteorological observations.

Henry had several hobbies and enjoyments during his life time including collecting hammerheads, being a proud producer of White Park cattle, and was recognized in the South Dakota magazine as an unofficial goodwill ambassador of Clark with his gold coins (and everyone who has been on the receiving end of one, knows what this means!). HT was an avid Notre Dame fan, enjoyed traveling with family and friends and was known as “Uncle HT” to his many nieces and nephews and as “Pop” to his grandchildren. His wit, conversations and generosity was second to none and will be missed by all who knew and loved him dearly.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Henry George and Ann (Reilly) Desnoyers and siblings, Mimi Desnoyers Schmidt and Margaret Desnoyers.

Grateful for having shared in his life is his wife, Barbara of Clark, children, Joseph (Jessica) Desnoyers of Chicago, IL, Christine Desnoyers of Bethel, AK and Benjamin (Kristin) Desnoyers of Tinley Park, IL, grandchildren, Charlie, Kate and Grace and his siblings, Colette (Pat) Mahowald of Watertown and Kathy (Gary) Nylander of Brooklyn Park, MN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the ALS Association, Minnesota/North & South Dakota Chapters at 333 Washington Avenue North Suite 105, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

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