OBITUARY

Charles F Henke

February 19, 1926January 7, 2018

Charles F. Henke, 91, of Hamilton Lake, passed away on January 7, 2018, at the Laurels of DeKalb. Born on February 19, 1926, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, he was the son of the late, Edward and Ella Henke. Mr. Henke taught thirty-four years at schools in Fort Wayne and New Haven. He began his work in 1954 at St. Paul’s Lutheran School and choirmaster of the church. The next twelve years were spent as teacher and director of choral music at Concordia Lutheran High School. His final sixteen years were spent as teacher and director of choral music at New Haven High School. He also taught part-time at Purdue University, Fort Wayne Campus, and Concordia Senior College. During this time he also worked with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonic Opera Guild. The “pop music” field included 28 years of swing choir work with his groups, well known in the tri-state area. He was a member of the Fort Wayne Press Club participating in the entertainment at the Gridiron Dinners. He also was a freelance announcer since 1954, and a lifetime member of the Screen Actors Guild. Mr Henke was a graduate of Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois, with an MA degree from Ball State University; and proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII, serving in the European Theatre, in the 4th Armored Division under General George S. Patton. He is survived by his wife Norma Henke; children, Mitchell (Carol) Henke, and Melanie (Doc) Welty; stepchildren, Daniel (Leslie) Douglas, David Douglas, Pat (Beth) Douglas, Mike (Amy) Douglas, and Kathy (Kenneth) Blanchard; sister, Mary Louise Shearier; grandchildren, Christopher M. (Elizabeth) Henke, Cara Lee Henke, and Michael Steven Oberlin; stepgrandchildren, Ethan, Alyssa, Casey, Gloria, Benny, and Corey Douglas, Katelyn, Kyle, and Kelli Blanchard; and great-grandchildren, Emery Alice Moore, Andrew, Dawn and Natalie Henke. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Marian Henke; and grandson, Joseph Dale Oberlin. Funeral service will be 1pm, Saturday, Januray 13, at Trinity English Lutheran Church, Krauss Chapel, 450 West Washington Blvd, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling will also be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm, Friday, January 12, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Concordia Lutheran High School Choral Department or Hamilton Church of Christ or Donor’s Choice.

Services

  • Calling Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Calling Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Calling Saturday, January 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 13, 2018
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Charles F Henke

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February 12, 2018

Wonderful friend and Mentor. His humor and joyful attitude was a gift to all of us and he ignited a passion for singing and an appreciation for music.
Don Kruse(St Louis, Mo.)

Janice Mellon

January 17, 2018

Mr. Henke was always so full of humor and good spirits, the time spent his choir were the best part of high school, even for those of us who were not the best vocally. He definitely made a positive difference in the world.

Janice Mellon

January 17, 2018

Mr. Henke was always so full of humor and good spirits, the time spent his choir were the best part of high school, even for those of us who were not the best vocally. He definitely made a positive difference in the world.

Bob Gugel

January 15, 2018

Dedicated to a special man who influenced so many lives.

Scott Helm

January 15, 2018

As with all the other posts, I was blessed to have been taught life skills and lessons by Mr. Henke during my high school years. He made my time at NHHS enjoyable and fun. He was a very talented man and he made he concert and swing choir a wonderful experience. I will remember him fondly and God Bless his family.

Phil Schmidt

January 15, 2018

Go rest high on that mountain
Son your work on earth is done.
Go to heaven a'shoutin
Love for the Father and the Son.

Prayers and thoughts from a choir member. Chuck probably never knew what a positive influence he had on my life. I feel blessed to have been a student of his.

Bob Gugel

January 14, 2018

Chuck Henke was one of the most amazing persons I have ever known. I would never have joined a choir in high school except when he joined the staff. It was absolutely incredible how he transformed the choral program when he arrived at CLHS. Creating the Blazers was brilliant. It was really quite memorable when the "old" Blazers performed at the 50th Reunion of the class of '62 with Mr. Henke attending. Those years at CLHS were the beginning of a love for singing choral music which continued into college and then with several church choirs. A side note: out of all the teachers I had from kindergarten through graduate school he did the coolest thing ever. What teacher would lend his car so that some senior guys could drive around town during lunch hour? We can all be thankful to God for the long and fruitful life he led and the lives he influenced. May his family be comforted knowing his relationship to Savior.

Carol Nealley

January 14, 2018

Mitch & Carol, Chris & Cara, & Family,
The memorial service for your Father/ Grandfather was an extraordinary tribute to his life. It was an honor to experience the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ through the music of the alumni choir and the instrumentalists! It is obvious that Charles has touched and inspired the lives of his family and his many students through his lifetime passion for music and teaching. May you all find comfort & peace in the following verse from
2 Corinthians 5:17:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
May God continue to bring peace and healing to the Henke family.
Carol & Mike Nealley

Andrea Stoller

January 13, 2018

I am sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Henke. He was my choir teacher. What a kind man he was. He taught me a lot about music and I have thought of him often through out the years. You have my deepest sympathy.

Lisa Colglazier-Lynch

January 13, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Henke was the best music and choir teacher. He made a big impact on all of his students.