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John M. "Nuts" Hennies

Died: Thu., Oct. 29, 2020


Services are to be announced

Location: Bayern Brewery


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Missoula - John M. Hennies also known as “Nuts” passed away at his home Thursday, October 29, 2020 due to complications from emphysema. Nuts was born in Cleveland, OH in 1949. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and was a Boiler Mechanic on board the U.S.S. Princeton, a helicopter carrier in the Pacific. He visited many ports in Asia and around the Pacific Ocean. His ship retrieved the space capsule and crew of the Apollo 10 space mission. His ship was also one of many that was involved with and close to the point of detonation of a scheduled atomic bomb blast in the Pacific. He said he felt the ship rock from the blast. Luckily for him, he was working below the water level. After he received an honorable discharge, he worked various jobs, one time working in Saudi Arabia on a big wheat farm keeping the water pumps running. He started riding Harleys around that time and that led to a lifelong friendship with many other bikers. He enjoyed riding in and being involved with a few clubs back in Ohio. He rode to Sturgis with friends many times. He arrived in Missoula and was working at Montana Rail Link when he met the love of his life, Rexinne Montgomery. They were married on top of Homestake Pass. With Tish the dog sitting on Nut’s gas tank wearing goggles and a bandanna, they would ride their Harleys to Ohio, Michigan, Sturgis and anyplace in between. Nuts and Rex were inseparable. After a dance with a deer, Rex stopped riding and soon after that, so did Nuts, however, that did not stop their travelling. A trip to Thailand in 2000 with several of his buds belonging to the Montana Legends (a splinter motorcycle group of a non-existing organization), started a yearly sojourn to Thailand/Cambodia that lasted over 10 years. They also rode motorcycles around India, and they visited Panama. They were never far apart from each other and when Rex died in 2017, Nuts kind of did too. Nuts loved wrenching, drinking, riding, smoking, sex, drugs and rock and roll and “some” people. He will always be a legend in his own mind. Rex and Nuts’ cremated remains will be scattered on top of Beartooth Pass next summer. A legendary celebration will be held soon with details to follow. Please contact Tombstone Todd. THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE FOR NUTS HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS.  THE CELEBRATION WILL BE HELD IN THE SPRING OF 2021 AND ANNOUNCED.  

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