Henry T. Hey, a proud Hawkeye and avid trumpeter originally from Waterloo, Iowa, left too soon on August 29 at the age of 73. Hank's curiosity and love for learning ran the course of his life. He obtained a teaching certificate and a Masters in history from the University of Iowa, and a Masters in Spanish from Millersville State University in Pennsylvania. Still in his twenties, Hank left Iowa to do rural development work in Mexico with the American Friends Service Committee, which fed his yen for travel and Hispanic culture. Hank served in the Army as a Specialist from 1963 to 1969. Hank met Connie, the love of his life, on an Amazon River tour in Brazil one hot summer. Hank and Connie traveled throughout South America together, married, then settled in Pennsylvania for more than a decade, raising their daughter Megan while Hank taught Spanish and Russian at Carlisle High School. Thereafter, Hank switched gears and joined the Customs Department of the U.S. Treasury, a job that allowed him to utilize his language skills in Yuma, Arizona. Ever the teacher, Hank taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia throughout his 22 years at Customs, and reveled in an assignment to Sofia, Bulgaria. Languages ranked among Hank's great pleasures; he taught himself several, including Chinese. Devoted to his family, Hank and Connie were married for 40 years until her death from Parkinson's complications. Hank is survived by his daughter Megan, of Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Yuma, or treat yourself to a trip someplace new. Services at Christ Lutheran Church in Yuma on September 3, 2013 arranged by Funeraria del Angel. Please visit the guest book at ww.yumasun.com/obituaries.
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Published in The Yuma Sun on Sept. 8, 2013