Hank has left the building……his strong spirit and sharp wit will be missed by all of us. He was born in Holland 73 years ago. At the age of 18 he immigrated to Canada with a close friend. When they got off the boat they spoke no English and got into lots of trouble because of it. Hank said they went into a grocery store the first day and saw oranges for 79 cents a dozen; they bought a dozen and ran like the devil thinking the store made a mistake in the price. He eventually crossed into the US and made his way to San Francisco where he met his wife, Joan. They had one child, Eric……when asked if he wanted more kids, Hank said "Why? This one's perfect"….Eric and Ursula gave Hank two grandchildren, Calliope and Wyatt. They loved their Opah so much, he cracked them up with his quirky jokes that made no sense to grownups but were perfectly logical to a 4 year old.
One of his favorite things to do was offend people, his best friend once said, "I love Hank dearly, but I can't take him anywhere". But, anyone who took the time to get past the curmudgeon found a huge generous heart. To know him was to love him.
I could fill up this paper with Hank's sayings…. here are few, "if that's dinner, I've had it." "When the wine is in the man, his wisdom is in the can." "For nothing, the sun comes up."
When asked if he'd like a memorial Hank said, "No thanks, I just had a bar of soap".
Please sign the Book of Memories, light a candle and leave your condolences for the family at
Jerns Funeral Chapel
and On-site Crematory
Published in Bellingham Herald from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, 2011