Robert Henke, 83, Horicon
Robert “Bob” A. Henke, 83, Horicon, died peacefully at his home, Saturday, May 4, 2019, with his daughter at his side.
The visitation will be at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Thursday, May, 9, from 10 a.m. until 11:50 a.m. The funeral service will follow at the funeral home on Thursday beginning at noon with the Rev. Cherie Forret officiating. Immediately following the service, a luncheon will be held at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Beaver Dam.
Bob was born Aug. 1, 1935, in Reeseville, to Arnold and Elizabeth (Bleifuss) Henke and he grew up in the Reeseville, Beaver Dam and Horicon areas. Bob met his wife, Carol Astin at a dance in Helenville, in 1957. They were married on July 27, 1958, in Helenville. They lived in Horicon all their lives and raised three children, Karen, Rhonda and Ronald “Ron.”
Bob was a farmer all of his life, starting on his parents’ family farm when he was young and continuing until the fall of 2018 when his health began to fail. Shortly after he married Carol, they bought the farm from his parents. Together they ran a successful dairy herd operation of Holstein cattle, heifers and calves, along with raising crops for their cattle. In 1990, they decided to “take it a little easier” by auctioning off the dairy portion of the farm and becoming cash crop farmers, growing corn, soybeans and grass hay. Carol was always helping on the farm until her passing on Dec. 20, 2009.
Bob enjoyed watching sports at home, especially his favorite sports teams, the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. He also enjoyed horses and passed this passion down to his daughter, Karen. Several years ago as a widower he adopted a long-haired dachshund named Brownie from the Dodge County Humane Society. It was quite amazing how Brownie picked him when she went and sat between his feet when they first met. I guess he couldn’t say no after that. They shared an amazing bond together. Bob was a longtime member of Trinity Church-United Methodist in Beaver Dam.
Survivors include his daughter, Karen Hanson of Horicon; grandchildren, Samantha (Justin) Thiede of Fond du Lac, Timothy Frank (fiancée, Georgia Roth) of Beaver Dam, Zachary and Samuel Henke of Brentwood, California; great-grandchildren, Austin, Lucas, Ava and Colton Thiede and Zoe Byers Frank. He is also survived by other family and friends including his nephew, James (Jim) Henning, who helped him out on the farm when needed over the years.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Elizabeth Henke; spouse, Carol Henke; daughter and son, Rhonda Frank and Ron Henke, both in the year 2000.
The family thanks Hillside HomeCare/Hospice for the care and compassion they provided to Bob in his home and a special thank you to his HomeCare/Hospice nurse, Valerie White.
Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. To leave online condolences or for directions and other information, visit KoepsellFH.com.