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HENRY KLAUKE

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HENRY KLAUKE Obituary
Henry "Hank" Klauke passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on October 14, 2012. Hank was born on April 18, 1922, the first of 5 children of Henry John Klauke, Jr. and Mary Geimer. The family lived in a house in Winnetka that was built by his father, a carpenter and mill owner. Hank's sisters Mary Lou Dewane, Jeanette Jorgensen, and Betty Kelly have passed away. Hank's brother George Klauke and his wife Joni live in Winnetka, and his brother-in-law Maurice Dewane lives in Madison, Wisconsin. His last remaining aunt, Eleanor Klauke, lives in Chicago. Hank excelled in both academics and sports. His favorite sport was 12 inch softball, where he earned the nickname "Hammerin' Hank". He travelled with 4 friends to California to attend Salinas Junior College, earning academic honors and athletic recognition in football, basketball, and track. During WWII First Lieutenant Hank Klauke flew 24 missions over Japan as a navigator on a B-29 bomber and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After his death, the family found newspaper articles Hank had saved detailing what he referred to as a "frightening experience." Several Chicago newspapers hailed the "Winnetka Hero" who, along with a fellow crewmember, braved death to put out a flaming incendiary bomb lodged above wide-open bay doors while their plane was under fire from Japanese fighter planes, saving the crew and the plane. After the war, Hank resumed his academic career at the University of Michigan, graduating with a degree in Engineering. He worked in the container industry, rising to the position of Vice President of Engineering for Ekco Products Company. He retired in 1985. While at the University of Michigan, he met a beautiful coed named Gladys Lasecki. They married on June 12, 1948 and remained devoted to each other for over 64 years. They moved from Skokie to Glenview in the late 50's and raised 8 children. Their son Michael Klauke died weeks before his 8th birthday in 1957. Diane (Richard) Mathews, Sally (Steve) Tyner, Paul (Elin) Klauke, Amy (Joseph) Minato, Marti (Mike) Sullivan, Jenny (Bill) Koll, and Joe (Terri) Klauke hope to continue their father's legacy of love, generosity, compassion and strength. Grandchildren include Lauren, Audrey, Leah, and Phil Mathews; John, Jill, Jim, and Joe Tyner; Mateo and Ruby Minato and the late Milo Minato; Paul and Grace Sullivan; Louie and Stephanie Koll; Henry and Will Klauke and Sarah Hill. His great-grandchildren include Joseph and Edgar Alcoser, Ellison Derr, and Cora and Owen Shady. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Glenview. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sister Pauline's Needy Family Fund c/o Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1775 Grove Street, Glenview, Illinois 60025.

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Published in Chicago Tribune on Dec. 30, 2012
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