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Henry E. "Hank" Eakins of Washington, DC died on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Born in Clear Lake, South Dakota in 1932, he was named Henry after King Henry VIII as he was the 8th child of Glenn and Amy White Eakins. Hank was the newspaper boy until he went off to South Dakota University. He joined the United States Air Force and was called out of military service by U.S. Senator Karl Mundt (R-SD) to be his personal aide. Hank worked for the Wall Street Journal, retired from Commerce Clearing House in 1992, and was an active member of Foundry United Methodist Church. Hank loved politics, sports, reading newspapers and was well known about town. Hank was related to the painter Thomas Eakins. Hank's grandfather, a bad guy on horseback, was killed during the last old West train robbery in 1912. Hank leaves a huge family including 32 great-grand nieces and nephews, and his adopted son, life partner and loving husband, Adrian Salsgiver. Memorial service at a later date. Please visit: adriansalsgiver.com/HankEakins  

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Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 1, 2017.
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September 25, 2020
Adrian thank you for sharing uncle Hanks memory
Carolyn DeWall
October 15, 2017
Our sympathies, Adrian. My favorite memory of Uncle Hank was when he was working at Yellowstone National Park and he took us to see sites that most people didn't know were there to see.
Laura and Galen Youngsma (TeGantvoort)
October 13, 2017
Adrian, So sorry to hear of Hank's passing. He was a big part of my growing up in Clear Lake. His neice, Carolyn Holt DeWall
Carolyn DeWall
October 1, 2017
A/3c Henry E. Eakins May 1952
Thank you to everybody who was ever kind to Hank.
Adrian Salsgiver
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