Henry Joseph "Hushy" Suchetka of Willoughby died Feb. 11, 2014, three weeks after his 88th birthday, following a lengthy illness.
He is survived by his brother, Hobbs, of Willoughby; and children, Connie (Frank) Jaklic of Hertford, N.C., Diane of Cleveland Heights, Mike of Willoughby and Dennis (Mary E.) of Willoughby. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Erika Jaklic (Ryan) McCoy, Justin Jaklic, Angela (Chris), Alexandria, Taylor and Daniel Suchetka; and great-grandchildren, Sophie McCoy and Collin Childs.
His wife, Mary, died in 2009.
Henry was born Jan. 20, 1926, in Fairpoint, enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 and served aboard the U.S.S. St. Louis during World War II. The Second Class Radarman remained in Asian waters after the war to help servicemen return home, and returned home himself at the age of 20.
Henry spent his working years as an auto body repairman for a number of car dealerships throughout the Cleveland area.
He will be remembered by his family for his love of cherry vanilla ice cream, baseball, gardening, dancing and corny jokes (is that a banana in your ear, Pops?).
The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Abbey of Willoughby, next to McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home, 38001 Euclid Ave., Willoughby.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Church in Willoughby. Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Township.
The family suggests contributions to the Henry J. Suchetka Memorial Baseball Scholarship, c/o the Willoughby South High School Booster Club, 5000 Shankland Road, Willoughby, OH 44094.
McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home
38001 Euclid Avenue Willoughby, OH 44094
Published in www.News-Herald.com from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2014