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Ronnie Henk Obituary
WILLIAMSBURG - Ronnie Henk, age 73, met his maker on December 28, 2013 due to a massive heart attack. He was born and raised in Western, Nebraska, the son of Emil and Maria Henk. Ronnie graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1962 in Civil Engineering and later received a Masters Degree from Virginia Tech. Ronnie had a long, fulfilling career with NASA where his peers awarded him (Ronnie R. "Redline" Henk) the "Fine Tooth Comb Award" when he retired in 1998. Never idle, he was an avid gardener and beekeeper for many years. He served as President of the Virginia State Beekeepers Association and was voted the VA State Beekeeper of the Year in 2008 (L.L. Langstroth Award). He was a "jack of all trades" and master of many of them, ready to help anyone at a moment's notice. He is survived by Elaine, his wife of 664 months and four days (as he would say with his ongoing tally), his children: Roy, Cherrine Reed (Kevin), and Neal (Lisa); three grandchildren: Jenna Reed, McKenzie and Mariah Henk; one honorary daughter: Sandy Trim (Kenny); two honorary granddaughters: Christina and Katie Jones; and two honorary great-granddaughters: Sophia Jones and Melody Lambert; one sister: Verda Schoenbeck; many dear cousins, nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends. He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Boyd and sister, Joanne Meyer. He held many responsible positions at Olive Branch Christian Church and sang in the choir for most of the past 40 years. His laugh filled the sanctuary, letting the pastor know when he had told a good joke well. He would have chosen the Memorial Trust Fund of OBCC as a memorial as he was one of the trustees of that fund since its inception. The family wants to thank those who attended to him and his wife during the last minutes of his life: particularly John (Jesse) Shelton, Sherry McKown, Judy Houchens and her children, Hunter and Chelsea; Sentara ER: Dr. Paul Cash, wonderful nurses, Jane, Debbie, and Frosty, and Chaplain Milt Hines; Church support from Pastor Richard Cline, Andy Bradshaw, Wayne Cook, Clay and Shirley Harrison, Fred Rothermel, Kim Riffle and Virginia Dare Waltrip. A memorial service will be held at Olive Branch Christian Church: 7643 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, VA, 23188 at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2013. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the OBCC Memorial Trust Fund.
Published in Daily Press on Jan. 1, 2014
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