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George Henry Henke
October 6, 1951 ~ December 17, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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George Henry Henke, 72, of Elkhart, passed away on Sunday, December 17th. He was born on October 6th, 1951, to Robert E. and Veronica Henke. On November 13th, 1976, he married Kathryn J. Henke, who preceded him in death.
George is survived by his daughters, Erika (Issiah) Murray of Elkhart and Elaine (Joe) Neice of Goshen, along with his girlfriend, Donna Lara of Elkhart, and eight cherished grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother Verna of Elkhart and his brothers, Gordon (Denise) of Middlebury, David (Kim) of Elkhart, and Tim (Heidi) of Granger. He was preceded in death by his father Robert E. and his brother Robert W. (Denise) Henke of Goshen.
George graduated from Elkhart Central High School in 1969 and served proudly in the National Guard from 1972 to 1974. He had a successful career as a carpet installer and later found joy in engaging with people while transporting them under his business name, I-Wana-Go.
He had a passion for various interests including dogs, walks, political discussions, humor, spontaneous picnics at the park, football, and, most of all, his family. George possessed a caring heart, a fiercely competitive spirit, and a loud infectious laugh. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
A time of remembrance will be held from 10-11 AM, followed by a celebration of life from 11 AM-12 PM on Wednesday, December 27th, at River of Life in Middlebury. Close friends and family are invited to stay for lunch following the service.
Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home has been entrusted with his care.