Graveside funeral services for Thomas Anthony “Tony” Hennes, 72 of Temple, will be held at 2 PM at Bellwood Memorial Park, 8575 Airport Rd, on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Tony passed from this life on February 11 at his home.
Tony Hennes was born in Temple to Al and Mary Helen Hennes on June 15, 1947. He was raised in Temple and lived here the majority of his life, a true Central Texan. He was a Christian man and in his younger days attended First Christian Church in Temple. Mr. Hennes was an anchorman, weatherman, and news director for 30 years for KCEN TV. He spent many years bringing our community the news. He always gave us an accurate picture of what was happening in the world around us. Tony got his start in television in Dallas where he eventually had his own fishing program. After retirement from the media industry, he went to work for the city of Temple and eventually became the Assistant City Manager. During his tenure with the city he was city spokesman and in charge of special projects. Tony was a champion for all things Downtown Temple. He led the way in downtown development and was especially instrumental in the revitalization of the area around the Train Depot and Railroad Museum. Outside of work it should come as no surprise that he had a passion for fishing. He fished with local legendary fisherman, Floyd Mabry and even filmed a few fishing shows with the Bomber Bait Company. There was no happier place for Tony to be than on the water with his fishing buddies. He was also a well-respected collector of fine antique lures and other fishing tackle. Mr. Hennes will always be remembered for his since of humor. One of his favorite tag lines for himself was “Legendary Fisherman- The Fish Fear Me.” His business card read “Bureaucratic Commando”. It was these types of anecdotes that made Tony, Tony. He was a kind, gentle and jovial soul that will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Allena Ann Hennes.
Those left to honor and cherish Tony’s memory are his close friends and colleagues whom he considered family and several distant relatives.
A huge word of thanks goes out to all of those who have left condolences and neat stories on social media and other places. They bring much comfort, joy and laughter.
A time of visitation and fellowship will be held Wednesday, February 20 from 5 to 8 pm at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home of Temple, 500 W. Barton Avenue.
Fly with the Angels Tony 😇🙏❤
One of my favorite people to have known in my life, I will miss him.
Arnold BragewitzTemple, TX
You will be missed but never forgotten
jesse chrisnerTemple, TX
Tony was a special man he had the heart of gold we in trivia grew to love!
Paige LovelaceShelby, OH
You will be missed, Big Guy! I love ya bunches!
Carol E ThomasSlidell, LA
He was such an inspiration when I met him as a gamer. He always had something to say that brightened my day. His wit and humor will be missed. RIP in Tony aka Blue Armadillo.
Kim ChesterSt Simons Is, GA
i will miss Tony aka Old blue Brat to me his kindness and humour was wonderful i have known him online for about 30 years mostly during online trivia games but in the last few years on face book thanks for giving me plenty of laughs mate R.I.P love from Mel Brat
Miss that wonderful voice in the trivia room, and "bashing" each other in jest. R.I.P. Mr. Blue.
pat Wordenlady lake, FL
Too much for such a small space! My early memories of you, other than on TV, were from Hofbrau and Cheers. I remember dancing the country songs with you. I remember watching you filet fish in the back room. The one date we had was just of friendship, but it was a great time. I wish I had gone to have coffee with you the 2 times you asked in the last few months. I regret not going... I will miss you and your roaring laughter, your sarcastic nature, your weather reports. I'll see you again someday, you big lug! :)
Donna BirdTroy, TX
Rest in peace old school friend
Curt BaileyWaterford, MI
God Bless you Tony Hennes and your service to our community. R.I.P. and may you have everlasting life in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
Jay and Susan C GreenTemple, TX