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Mike Hennings' dedication to work shines through obstacles


Mike Hennings has quite a reputation as a hard working person, even from his school days.

“I grew up in Tyler and on Lance Hill Road,” he said.

He lived on a cattle ranch and was a member of 4H and FFA. The family had another ranch in the Sprague area and with the help of a hired hand, Mike took care of that ranch while he went to high school in Sprague.

What Mike Hennings really liked was working with cars. In 1985, he began two years of college at Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, Ariz.

He then had a job at Fuller Polar Cold Storage. He drove forklifts, worked on refrigeration compression and maintenance.

“I was working for them when I broke my neck swimming. I was 20 years old,” he said.

Many of us remember when the story of his accident made its way home to Cheney.

Mike was determined to go on with his life.

He leased a shop in Medical Lake, a Sinclair Station at the Petro exit.

“I had it until 1991. Then I came to Cheney to work for Leonard Rist.”

Mike worked for Rist until 1993 and then bought Cheney Muffler.

In 2002 Robert Currey leased Cheney Muffler from him until 2005.

Then Mike took back his business and kept it ever since.

Mike Hennings and his wife Marni have twin 7-year-old boys Wyatt and Waylon.

Their little sister is 4-year-old Lauren.

Mike has 2 children from a previous marriage, Amanda, 23 and Jake, 21, who works for him.

“I’ve lived in Cheney most all of my life.”

During that time Mike, you’ve demonstrated determination no matter what the obstacle might be. We wish you the best and congratulate you on your accomplishments.

Luella Dow is a Cheney-area author. She can be reached at


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