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Stephen Henslin

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April 10, 1943 - May 31, 2009

SPICER -- Stephen Lyndon Henslin, 66, of Spicer, died Sunday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar after an extended illness.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wing-Bain Funeral Home Chapel in Clara City.

He was born April 10, 1943, in Indianapolis to Arnie and Mildred Henslin. He graduated from Clara City High School in 1961. He had a rock band in high school, the Defiants, which was inducted into the Minnesota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He received a diploma from Willmar Community College in 1965, an associate degree from Willmar State Junior College in 1967, a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State College in 1969, a master of arts from St. Cloud State College in 1970 and a master of fine arts from The University of Iowa in 1974. For more than 35 years, he taught fine arts, which included jewelry, sculpture, pottery, painting, graphic design, digital photography and video editing. His works are in many museums and at college campuses, including a sculpture in front of the federal building in Aberdeen, S.D. A replica of the sculpture in Aberdeen is housed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

He retired from Minnesota West in Canby in 2005 and lived on George Lake near Spicer.

He is survived by three children: Chad (and Annette) Henslin of Valley Springs, S.D., Chris Henslin and Stephanie Henslin, both of Brookings, S.D.; three grandchildren and one sister: Kathy (and Pat) Sauter.

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