Henry “Hank” Vienop was born in Napa, California, in 1927. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1945 and was in basic training for VJ day, and was involved in the Occupation of Japan. He was also stationed in Korea. After his discharge, he attended UC Davis. Returning home, he joined the family construction business, Vienop Builders. Soon after, he met the love of his life, Anna. During this time, many prominent Napa County buildings were built by Vienop Builders, including the Mondavi Winery in Yountville, St John’s Lutheran Church, and many others.
In 1978, Hank moved to Tuolumne County, and soon after purchased a local business, Woodshop 1-A. He was involved in the local Lutheran Church, Kiwanis club, and was a founding member of the Sierra Quilt Guild. He also found time to chase trains, one of his favorite activities.
Hank Vienop is survived by his daughter, Susan Gerig, of Baker City, Oregon; his son, John Vienop, of Jamestown; son-in-law, Allen Gerig; daughter-in-law, Jill Vienop; sister, Alma Skillings, of Napa, California; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna; and sister, Edna.
Services will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 17, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.
The family requests that donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in lieu of flowers.