In Memory of

Ronald Joseph Henke

June 7, 1945 - August 13, 2019
From: Marcus, IA

Ron was born on June 7, 1945 to Joseph and Berniece (Peck) Henke in Cherokee, IA. Ron was raised on the farm and attended school at Maryhill Visitation Catholic Church in rural Cherokee County through eighth grade. He graduated from Cleghorn High School.

 On September 1, 1965, he was drafted by the United States Army. After basic training, Ron married Pearl Massmann on November 11, 1965 in Cherokee, IA. Ron was then stationed at Fort Knox in Kentucky and later Illesheim, Germany where Pearl joined him. Ron was honorably discharged in September 1967. Ron loved his country and considered his service an honor and his duty.

 After leaving the service they made their home in Cleghorn, IA where Ron was employed by Cleghorn Lumber. In 1968, they moved to an acreage south of Marcus and in 1971, Ron began working for Marcus Lumber Company as a plumber. In 1976, Ron and Pearl began farming north of Marcus, side by side, until 1990 when the farm they rented was sold. Then Jim Smith asked Ron to be an adjuster for Western Cherokee Mutual Insurance Company. Ron enjoyed his job and adored the office girls there until his retiring in 2014.

 Ron worked hard all his life, but always found time for his wife, his girls, and his grandchildren. Driving his boat while fishing was a favorite pastime. Ron enjoyed hunting with his buddies and gardening. Treasured was the time Ron spent with a large family and many dear friends.

 Left to cherish his life are his wife of 53 years, Pearl of Marcus, IA; daughters, Laurie (Gary) Powell of South Sioux City, NE, Cindy (Scott) Gries of Sibley, IA, Jamie (Kory) Alesch of Remsen, IA, and Kristi (Chris) Hagan of Kingsley, IA; 11 grandchildren: Brandon Powell, Carissa Powell, Trevor Gries, Bailey Gries, Tanner Gries, Chloe Alesch, Gavin Alesch, Garrett Alesch, Colby Hagan, Colton Hagan, and Cody Hagan; one brother, Robert (Carolyn) Henke; six sisters, Shirley Bobolz, Sharon (Tim) Kenan, Connie (Don) Wilson, Julie (Roger) Ashbaugh, Janice (Denny) Wieland, and Linda (Les) Pedersen; Three sisters-in-law, Phyllis Parrott, Lynn (Ron) Ross, and Betty J. Massmann; A cherished aunt, Katie Letts and uncle Bob Peck; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 Preceding Ron in death were his parents; his in-laws, Melborn and Etta Massmann; an infant daughter, Angie; a grandson, Cole Gries; brothers-in-law, Jerry Parrott, Steve Cosgrove, Ivan Bobolz, Clifford Massmann, and Chuck Massmann; sisters-in-law, Nancy Massmann and Betty Lou Massmann.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 16, 2019, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus, Iowa.
Father Bill McCarthy
Ron's sons-in-law
Gary Powell
Scott Gries
Kory Alesch
Chris Hagan

Ron's Grandchildren
Brandon Powell
Carissa Powell
Trevor Gries
Tanner Gries
Chloe Alesch
Gavin Alesch
Garrett Alesch

Honorary Bearers
Grandpa's Littles
Colby, Colton, and Cody Hagan

Public visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Thursday with the family present at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus. There will be a prayer service at 6:00 p.m. following the visitation at the church.

Organist- Ben Jacobsma
Soloist- Tricia Meendering
Lector- Denise Phillips
Holy Name Catholic Cemetery
Marcus, Iowa

Military services will be held by the American Legion F.I. Goodburn Post 517 In Marcus, Iowa


Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 11:07 AM
“So sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. He is now enjoying the presence of the Lord! Our thought and prayers to Pearl and their four wonderful girls.”
- Steve & Sharon Andreasen
Friday, August 16, 2019 at 4:29 PM
“Sending my deepest sympathies to you Pearl, your girls and their families. May your memories be your comfort during this difficult time. Love and hugs. Raenette”
- Raenette Marshall
Friday, August 16, 2019 at 4:29 PM
“Bob, Carolynn, and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of sorrow.
Betty Schlinz Desko and family”
- Betty Schlinz Deksko
Friday, August 16, 2019 at 4:29 PM
“May your many fond memories help you through this very difficult time!
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
Friday, August 16, 2019 at 4:29 PM
“ Pearl and family, So very sorry to hear about Ron. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Paulette Kroll
Friday, August 16, 2019 at 4:29 PM
“Pearl and family, sending my prayers and positive thoughts of comfort at this time. Ronnie was always very special to me and his memory will be forever in my heart. Such a wonderful son, husband, father and grandfather. Not to mention an awesome cousin to a little girl that followed him around the farm and bothered him all the time. I never followed Robert always Ronnie. May he find the peace and comfort in his heavenly reward and reunification with all those that went before him. Love always”
- Nancy Carrington
Friday, August 16, 2019 at 4:29 PM
“Our Sympathies Pearl to you and your family. Your in our prayers.”
- Fred and Arlene Hollenbeck
Friday, August 16, 2019 at 4:29 PM
“Sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
- Janet Reinert & Family
Friday, August 16, 2019 at 4:29 PM
“Our prayers and condolences are with Ronnie's family.”
- Patricia Glassmaker
Friday, August 16, 2019 at 4:29 PM
“So sorry to hear of Ron's passing.
Am out of town but have been thinking and praying for all of you.
Ron was a great guy and I'll always remember the conventions I've had with his. He will surely be missed by many.
Rest In Peace Ron...”
- Tim Galles
Friday, August 16, 2019 at 4:29 PM
“Our deepest sympathies to the Henke family. May you find comfort in the days to come in all your beautiful memories.”
- Marvin and Vickie Buettner
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 3:10 PM
“So sad to hear of your loss. I will always think of him as a kind, soft-spoken man. It is a difficult time. I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Judy Means
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