Henry "Hank" Edward Menges
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1937 - 2014
Henry (Hank) Edward Menges age 76 passed away on March 14, 2014. At the time of his death he was residing in Nampa, Idaho.
He was born May 7th 1937 to Leonard E. Menges of Hoisington, Kansas and Matilde Ana Calero of Madrid, Spain in Manila, at the Manila army post in the Philippine Islands. At the age of eight he traveled to the Port of San Pedro, California with his younger sibling Irma Iliene. They settled in San Francisco where the family remained and three more children would be born: Leonard E. Menges, Jr, Ann Victoria and James Domingo.
Hank joined the United States Marine Corps in 1954 at the age of seventeen. He served twenty one years before retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant in October 1975. After retiring from the Marine Corps he worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Bannock County Sheriff's department and then as a Court Marshall for the Bannock County Courts before moving to Nampa, Idaho. This was his first move to Nampa before moving to Twin Falls, Blackfoot, Denver and Colorado Springs before eventually his final move back to Nampa. During his later years he remained busy working security, tour bus guide or as a bus driver/trainer for Brown Bus Company for Vallivue and Nampa School district. He was quite active with the Elks Lodge holding several positions including Exalted Ruler. During the last several years he was a member of the Valley Corvettes club and was very proud of his Corvette. He volunteered at the Ada county Sheriff's Office and Mercy Medical Center installing LifeLine units.
After a brief first marriage that produced two children (Joseph and Crystal), he met Rhonda Jean Atwood in 1973 who would later become his wife of 23 years. Together they would raise three children over 30 years of being together.
He is survived by his son Roy Lee (Lorene) Menges of Nampa , daughter Raquel Lynn Durrant (often called Kelly) of Nampa and daughter Amanda Jeanette George of Denver, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was proceeded in death by his parents Leonard Edward Menges and Matilde Calero.
Many had a name for Hank whether it be son, brother, husband, dad, friend but most will always remember him for what he liked to refer to himself as "Brown and Beautiful". Whether you knew him for five minutes or seventy plus years he left a remarkable impression that no other could. A memorial service has been set for Saturday March 29th, 2014 at 1pm at the Crossroads Church at 4152 East Amity Ave, Nampa Idaho.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Mar. 23, 2014