Meridian Star


February 27, 2013

Henry Arno Daum Jr.

MONTICELLO, Wisc. —     Henry Arno Daum Jr., 95, passed Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, surrounded by family at his home.  

    He was born on Nov. 29, 1917, in St. Paul, Minn., to Henry Arno and Agnes (Johnson) Daum. Henry graduated from the University High School at St. Paul and Macalester College in St. Paul. He then served in the United States Navy during World War II.

    On July 17, 1943, he was united in marriage to Suzanne Sherk at Cumberland, Md. Henry was then transferred to Norman, Okla., and later Oakland, Calif., where he ended his naval service.  

    Henry and Suzanne moved to Chicago, where he attended the University of Chicago and earned a master’s degree in social work. He was a professor of social work at St. Olaf College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Mississippi State University in Meridian, Miss., from where he retired as professor emeritus.

    Following his retirement, Henry resided in Monticello. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Meridian and Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minn., the Lion’s Club, Y’s Man and the American Society of Social Workers.

    Henry is survived by his wife, Suzanne, of Monticello; three children, Toni Daum of Meridian, Henry (Heidi River) Daum III of Monticello and Ali (Rick) Daum Liddle of St. Paul, Minn.; grandchildren, Nathaniel Liddle, Noah Liddle, Claudia Liddle Jennings, Robin River and Christo River-Paprock; great-grandchildren, Izzy River-Furlano, Elliot Liddle and Isadora Liddle; and a sister, Barbara Butler.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    A memorial service will be held at a later date.

    The Zentner-Beal Funeral Home of New Glarus, Wisc., is serving the family.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Henry Daum Scholarship at Mississippi State University-Meridian, the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association.

    An online memorial with guestbook is available at

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