In Memory of

Richard J. Henke, Sr.

March 13, 1921 - February 17, 2018
From: Cherokee, IA

Richard J. Henke, Sr., the son of Frank and Eva (Kohn) Henke, was born on a farm in rural Cherokee, Iowa, on March 13, 1921. He attended country school until the 8th grade, and then stayed home to help with the family farming operation.

Richard married Marcella “Sally” Theisen on January 7, 1948. They made their home on a farm west of Cherokee. Life for Richard was centered on farming with his family. He was on the cutting edge of new equipment technology, having had the first airplanter in Iowa. He was a Golden Harvest Seed Dealer at one time, and sat on the AMPI board of directors. He once held the position of Sheridan Township Justice of the Peace. He also worked at J.C. Penney and Peterson Motors. Richard was active in his children’s activities. He was a 4-H leader for many years, and was a member of the UNI Parent Association. When grandchildren came along, he enjoyed attending their sporting events. He loved playing board games with the family, and riding “The Mule”. He took great pride in his big garden and beautiful flower beds. He enjoyed making caramel at Christmas time and sharing it with his family and friends. Richard and Sally spent several winters in Texas, which they thoroughly enjoyed. They gained many new life-long friends during their time there.

Sally passed away in 2015, and Richard made his home at The Gardens in Cherokee. When his own health began to fail, he moved to Accura Healthcare in Cherokee, where he passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the age of 96 years, 11 months, 4 days. He was preceded in death by his wife; a brother, Raymond and sisters Angela and Delores.

Survivors include his children and their families: Rick (Susan) Henke of Rochester, IL, Dennis (Carolyn) Henke of Waterloo, IA, Karen Henke of Omaha, NE, Darwin (Carmen) Henke of Cherokee, IA, Duane (Marcia) Henke of Larrabee, IA, Konnie (Wally) Leonard of Cherokee, IA, Kim (Grant) Thompson of Thousand Oaks, CA, and Dan (Kathy) Henke of Rowlett, TX; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Cletus Henke of Cherokee; other relatives and friends.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 23rd at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.

Father Randy Shon
Father Dan Guenther
Father Gene Sitzmann
Andrew Henke
Jim Leonard
Kyle Henke
Brandon Henke
Cory Henke
Nathan Henke
Austin Henke
Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 22nd, at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. There will be a Rosary at 4:45 p.m. A prayer service will follow the visitation at 7:00 p.m.
I. C. Choir
Charlotte Groves, Organist
Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cherokee.


Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 1:14 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with u all”
- James ans Karmen Hodgdon
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 1:14 PM
“So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. He is now with Sally celebrating in heaven. Condolences to the Henke family.”
- Judy Gum
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:09 AM
“My mother and I want to express our condolences to Richard's family. We really enjoyed Richard as a resident of the assisted living. He was definitely a positive influence and a great friend to my mom and dad when they lived together at Acurra. We are sorry to see him gone.
Diane and Beulah Zimmer”
- Diane Zimmer-Gruetzmacher and Beulah Zimmer
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:08 PM
“To Richard & Sally's children (especially Darwin & Carmen) I offer my sympathy & prayer. I have fond memories of your parents during my years at Immaculate Conception (1997-2000). God's blessings to you. ”
- Father Timothy Schott
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:07 PM
“Hello Henke family,
I heard of you Dad's passing earlier today. He remember him being a quiet man, but one story I remember from Karen was, when your parents built the new house west of Cherokee, he had a large pile of rocks from all the years he had picked them up in the fields that he farmed. She told how he had all the kids scrub those rocks, so they could be used in constructing the fireplace for the new house.
I hope you have had the time to tell family stories about your parents, the stories are what we cherish during these times of celebrating a life well lived.
Our condolences,
Randy, Lori, Grace and Nora”
- Randy Halder
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:07 PM
“So sorry to hear about Uncle Richard passing. It was my intention to come to the service this evening but the weather is not being cooperative. My deepest sympathy to all the Henke family.”
- Paula Kleen
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 11:26 AM
“Kim, I am sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Cindy Halder Adams
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 2:08 PM
“To all of the families: So sorry for your loss.Our prayers and condolences to all of you.”
- Duane & Ruth English
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 11:56 AM
“Cherish & remember the good memories of Uncle Richard. Lyle & Uncle Richard loved to talk about old cars. May God wrap his arms around you all and give you Peace.”
- Lyle & Carol (Theisen) Norton
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 8:56 AM
“My condolences to the Henke family. I've known Richard since I was a toddler and always enjoyed my talks with him.”
- John R. Snapp
Monday, February 19, 2018 at 4:10 PM
“So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. I enjoyed all the time I was able to spend with him, he was always a little ornery but loved to visit him and banter back and forth with him! He and Sally are enjoying their reunion in heaven! Thinking of you all! ”
- Korrie Coombs
Monday, February 19, 2018 at 1:57 PM
“Dan & Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. I hope the memories of your dad keep making you smile & laugh. ”
- Greg Kobilarcsik
Monday, February 19, 2018 at 1:57 PM
“We are sorry to hear about Uncle Richard. He and Sally are together again. Thinking if all of you.”
- Ann and Mark Lundell
Monday, February 19, 2018 at 1:57 PM
“Our hearts and prayers go out to you as you miss your precious dad, Konnie and family. May the Lord draw you all close and comfort you as only He can. ”
- Stacie Ruth Stoelting Hudzinski and family
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 5:47 PM
“Sorry to hear the passing of Uncle Richard. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Michael & Maryann Dover
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