Don Kenneth Henckel

September 3, 1940January 18, 2014
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Don Kenneth Henckel passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the age of 73 while attending a dental implant and oral surgery conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was born on September 3, 1940 in Houston, Texas to George Charles Henckel, Jr. from Hitchcock, TX and Nellie Mae Reifschneider from Temple, TX.

Don graduated in 1958 from Regan High School in Houston and then attended what is now known as Sam Houston State University in Huntsville until accepted into dental school his junior year. On June 8, 1962 he married his wife Patricia Lee Clayton. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston in 1965. Thereafter, Don enlisted and served as a Captain in the United States Army until being honorably discharged in March of 1968, at which time he opened his private dental practice in Houston.

He was a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Houston District Dental Society. He was a member and past President of the Houston Orthognathic Study Club and a member of its parent National organization, the American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics. In 1991, he expanded his practice into the field of Implant Dentistry and became a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the International Congress of Oral Implantology, the American College of Oral Implantology and the American Society of Osseointegration. In 1994 he was asked and was honored to be selected as the Houston Aeros’ Team Dentist and remained their team doctor for 18 years.

While dentistry was his primary passion, he also studied photography and enjoyed international travel, often for purposes of photography expeditions with National Geographic personnel to countries including: Bali, Batswana, Bhutan, Canada, China, Ethiopia, France, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mongolia, Macau, Myanmar, Peru, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Don continued to play tennis until the time of his death.

Don is preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers: George Edward, Carroll, and Robert. He is survived by his wife of 51 and a half years, Patricia; his children: Shauna Ray and Eric Henckel with wife Kimberly, and his 4 grandchildren: Maddison, Lexie, Kailie, and Carter.

Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, dentist, photographer, mentor, friend, and caregiver. His life touched countless thousands. He was honored and took great pride in caring for so many loyal patients. He is deeply loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held on Monday January 27, from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. Funeral services will be held in the Chapel of Memorial Oaks Funeral Home 13001 Katy Freeway Houston, Texas 77079 at 12:30 P.M. on Tuesday January 28, 2014.


  • Visitation Monday, January 27, 2014
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Lisa Hall

February 28, 2014

I was so very sad to hear of Dr Henckel's
passing. My deepest sympathy to the Henckel family and all of the office staff. Dr Henckel was my friend and dentist for the last 29 years I will truly miss him. As a healthcare professional he is what we all aspire to be kind, compassionate, funny. I hope the Henckel family finds comfort in knowing how much Dr Henckel was loved.

Catherine Gay

February 25, 2014

So very many years, so very many memories graciously shared with one impossible to replace. The consummate professional, the dearest friend! I do not believe we ever say goodbye, just farewell for a time! Our deepest sympathy, love and prayers go out to the entire Henckel family. May you find great comfort in each other and this extended family.

Kingsley Isiguzo

February 22, 2014

Dr Don Henckel was more than a dentist to me. He was more like a friend and a man I could trust. Since I met him, I have refused to see any other dentist. I fly from out of town and take off work for days just to remain loyal to his practice. He is very accommodating, and values his patients more than money. He ran his practice like no other and I always enjoyed visiting the dental office something that I never knew was possible until I met him. He truly had human compassion and never got upset about anything. The world has lost a good man, the perfect dentist and a friend at large. We will miss him!

Peggy and Claudia Read

February 20, 2014

To Dr. Henckel's family and extended staff family, I was so very sad and shocked to hear of Dr. Henckel's unexpected death. The last time I saw him he was off to Italy with his wife, and I hope that it was a truly wonderful trip for both. He really was an exceptional and special human being, and for us, the gentlest, kindest, best dentist for over 30 years. It's hard to imagine the world without him. All our sincerest wishes, thoughts and condolences.

Gail Kirkconnell

February 20, 2014

We were so sad to hear that Dr. Henckle passed away. He was the only dentist I ever had that really understood what a "weenie" I was! He took care of my husband and my twin daughters also. Our deepest condolences to his family and staff. The world is definitely a better place because of him! Sending prayers to all of you.

Darren Brown

February 20, 2014

Dr. Henckel was awesome! He took care of me many times. I will miss him and her services. I appreciate his honesty when other dentist tried to empty my pockets. He was honest and fair with me and my needed work.

Matt Smith

February 18, 2014

I want to offer my sincere sympathy and condolences to Pat, Shauna, Eric, the entire Henckel family and his extended family of Cindy, Jewel and Lillian. I just received the news of Dr. Henkel's passing and couldn't be any sadder at this moment. I met Dr. Henckel while I was an assistant with the Houston Aeros in the first few years and had the opportunity to work side by side with him on game nights. In fact I felt so confident in him, he became my primary dentist. When I found out he was a fellow Bearkat, I was positive that I made the right decision. Dr. Henckel was and will always be one of the friendliest, most professional, kind hearted people I have ever met. His practice and office staff are a reflection of his philosophy and personality. He ALWAYS treated me with respect, a smile and a handshake. Whenever I was in the hygienist chair, he ALWAYS made time to come by and talk to me whether it was just to say hello, talk photography or talk hockey. I always enjoyed seeing the pictures on his walls and hearing the stories of the new places he had been to. Even today, when I take a picture, I think of the advice he gave me about photography- “Sometimes it's not the object or person you are taking a picture of, it's what's behind that picture that's the story.” He always had great advice! I ALWAYS tell people that Dr. Henckel is responsible for my AWESOME SMILE! When I needed to have my teeth straightened and orthodontic work with appliances, I used to joke with him that I brought him out of orthodontic retirement because my teeth were so “jacked up” and then I put him back into retirement because I exhausted him with all the work that went into it. He would always laugh and politely disagree with the last part. My heart breaks for all of the Henckel family and I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Henckel will be truly missed by me and everyone that had the privilege of knowing him! God Bless!

Linda Hargrove

February 18, 2014

Saddened to learn Dr Henckel has passed. He was my dentist over 20 years. I completely agree with other comments a very professional, gentle, caring, man and dentist. I will miss him.

Margie & Quincy Canada

February 18, 2014

We are very sadden by the news of the loss of Dr. Henckel. Our deepest sympathy to his family and staff. He was my dentist for over 30 years. He will be dearly missed.

Gayle Hanks

February 18, 2014

I just found out that Dr. Henckel passed away. My sympathies to his family, his staff, and his many, many friends. It is certainly a loss for us all - he was such a fabulous, caring, giving, loving,(and on and on and on) person that we were all truly blessed to have him in our lives. What a top-notch gentleman and superbly talented dentist. He will be missed by many, and remembered by us all.