- October 24, 1962 - December 27, 2011
- Greenwood, Indiana
of Robert's Passing
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“I know it's a little late for memories but I want to say that I miss mr henke very much and I know we all do
You are in my prayers henkes
1 of 69 | Posted by: Kathleen - Greenwood, IN
“Matt Cummings and I assisted Rob in the Seniors Division in 2011. In the short softball season we got to know him and Kristen very well. He was a...Read More »
2 of 69 | Posted by: David Archer - Greenwood, IN
“I worked with Rob for several years as President and CEO of Bauer and Foss and then as Director of Marketing of Glazer's of Ohio. Both companies were...Read More »
3 of 69 | Posted by: Cameron M. Close - Columbus, OH
“I knew Rob and the whole Henke family from when I worked as a cook at Nero's from 1982 to 1983. All of the Henkes welcomed me like an extended...Read More »
4 of 69 | Posted by: Mark Marchino - Philadelphia, PA
“I have many fun memories of Rob and the entire Henke clan during those days long ago at "Nero's Olde World Chili". I am truly sorry to learn of his...Read More »
5 of 69 | Posted by: Joe Wells - Morgantown, IN
“We are so sorry. Rob helped us in many ways. We work in the hospitality industry. I've work at Ruth's Chris Steak House for 17 years and he was...Read More »
6 of 69 | Posted by: Rob & Lisa McGuire - friend
“Ellen and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Rob. We think of both of you when we have a great glass of wine. We have a bottle from a...Read More »
7 of 69 | Posted by: Jo Swart - Indianapolis, IN
“I will miss Rob dearly as a was a great friend and partner. My best steak ever I ate together with him in Indionapolis 10 years ago in a steak house...Read More »
8 of 69 | Posted by: Constantin - Wallhausen, Germany
“There has never been a better person in the wine industry. Rob was the man we all strive to be. He was a great business partner, a great friend,...Read More »
9 of 69 | Posted by: Daniel Benton - Napa, CA
“Joyce, Jamie, Jeff, Tim and Tammy,
I can't even begin to tell you how heavy my heart is. I didn't know Rob was sick, which made the news even more...Read More »
10 of 69 | Posted by: Nancy Conti - Lexington, KY
“We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. He will surely be missed at the 10:30 mass. We enjoyed seeing...Read More »
11 of 69 | Posted by: Robert & Peggy Smith - Greenwood, IN
“In my memories Rob will be forever young; it is great to know that he grew up to be a great and loving family man - just as he was a sweet kid...Read More »
12 of 69 | Posted by: Joyce Dean - Kemah, TX
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Henke family. You were blessed to have the kindest man in your lives. Rob was truly a happy, friendly, faithful...Read More »
13 of 69 | Posted by: Julie Waltermann - Greenwood, IN
“I am shocked and so saddened. Rob was a gift to this earth and all whom he met. A truly wonderful human being, it is a true pleasure to have been...Read More »
14 of 69 | Posted by: michael cassady - bloomington, IN
“Andy just told me about Rob - my heart and prayers go out to the Henke family - we met when he and Andy sold wine together - a fine person and great...Read More »
15 of 69 | Posted by: Marietta Herod - Indianapolis, IN
“Jamie, so sorry to hear of Robert's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
16 of 69 | Posted by: Donna Downs - Fairmount, IN
“Seldom do you meet as genuine a person as Rob Henke. He loved his wife and family dearly. Rob and I met through the wine business in 1996. Rob was...Read More »
17 of 69 | Posted by: Clyde Gilbert - OH
“Our hearts and prays go out to you and your family.
18 of 69 | Posted by: Dennis and Carla Rike - Greenwood, IN
“My heart is heavy over the sadness you are all experiencing. The Henke family has always been one of my favorite preschool families. It has been a...Read More »
19 of 69 | Posted by: Nancy Peters
“Dear Ellen and family,
I just found out about Rob. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you be...Read More »
20 of 69 | Posted by: Bev Albert - Brownsburg, IN
“Dear Ellen and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. We certainly will never understand the why of such matters, but may you find strength in your...Read More »
21 of 69 | Posted by: Jeanne Monday - Danville, IN
“Ellen and family please know that you are in my heart and in my prayers. Sometimes we do not know the why's in God's plan and we just have to trust....Read More »
22 of 69 | Posted by: Julie Bordenkecher
“Our deepest sympathy to the entire Henke family for your loss.
Our fondest memories are of the numerous family gatherings of the Henkes because of...Read More »
23 of 69 | Posted by: Bill, Cindy, & Nicole Cummings - IN
“Ellen, Jimmy, Kristen and Danielle we are so sorry for your lost. We were heartbroken to hear that Rob was sick. He was such a nice man. Every time...Read More »
24 of 69 | Posted by: Claude Chabot, Suzanne Lepine
“My heart goes out to you and your family. I have also heard many family stories from Ellen and have always looked at them as a family that truely...Read More »
25 of 69 | Posted by: Molly Steele - Carmel, IN
“Ellen, Jimmy, Kristen and Danielle
There is an eternal light in my heart that is the Henke Family....always.
Love, Miss Kim
26 of 69 | Posted by: Kim Grathwohl - Fort Wayne, IN
“I went to Edgewood High School with Rob and Ellen.I graduated with his sister Tammy. Ellen was good friends with my sister,Tammy. I am deeply sorry...Read More »
27 of 69 | Posted by: Tim P. Scott - waldron, IN
“Ellen, Jimmy, Kristen, and Danielle: Like so many others have said, there are no words to express the sorrow I feel for your family, my heart...Read More »
28 of 69 | Posted by: Shari Clark - New Palestine, IN
“Rob was a great man. I had the pleasure knowing Rob through the wine world. I first met Rob when i was the wine Buyer for Johns Spirits in 1997. ...Read More »
29 of 69 | Posted by: Dean Wilson - Indy, IN - Friend
“The Henkes have always been my favorite family, and like all of them, Rob was truly salt of the earth stuff. When they say "It couldn't happen to a...Read More »
30 of 69 | Posted by: Greg Kenney - Oakbrook Terrace, IL
“I traveled through France with Rob on at least one Kermit Lynch trip. Rob was one of the "good guys" in the wine business. A lot of fun, an...Read More »
31 of 69 | Posted by: Doug Cohen - Charlotte, NC
“Mr. Henke was so much fun. When ever I went over to the Henke's, Mr. Henke always made sure we had the best time. One of my favorite memories was...Read More »
32 of 69 | Posted by: Kathleen Soller - Greenwood, IN
“My prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time. In knowing Rob's sister Jamie, I can see what a blessed family he was a part of. May you...Read More »
33 of 69 | Posted by: Kim Merideth - Martinsville, IN
“Dear Ellen, I am so very sorry about your loss. I just heard recently of his illness, and, never thought it would happen so quickly. I can't...Read More »
34 of 69 | Posted by: Norma Lou Knerler - Bloomington, IN
“Ellen I am so sorry for your loss. Rob, you, and your children are in my thoughts and prayers.
35 of 69 | Posted by: Ali Ramirez - Indianapoli, IN
“My Dear Ellen, Jimmy, Danielle and Kirsten: I am so sorry for your profound loss. I truly hope you all have the courage to move forward and the peace...Read More »
36 of 69 | Posted by: Kamnesh - IN
“I knew Rob thru my brother Jose Spurlock and spent a number of times visiting over laughter and fine wine. I could always see the integrity and love...Read More »
37 of 69 | Posted by: Cathy Morris - Indianapolis, IN
“Although we do not you personally, we have been praying for all of you from the moment you heard. Just hearing about what a wonderful man Rob was...Read More »
38 of 69 | Posted by: Kandra and Dan Sejas - Greenwood, IN
“My sympathies go out to the entire Henke Family. I have been having a hard time wrapping my head around Rob's passing as I had just spoke with him a...Read More »
39 of 69 | Posted by: Joe Glunz, Jr. - Chicago, IL
“i know ellen from work and have been priveldged to hear all the wonderful stories about rob and ellen, and jimmy, kristen and danielle.. all the...Read More »
40 of 69 | Posted by: donna bakeer - carmel, IN
“Thinking of the family and friends at such a difficult time. May the love and tender mercy of God surround you all during this time of sorrow. "The...Read More »
41 of 69 | Posted by: Beth Donham Biszantz - IN
“Like so many have said and will say, we lost a great man and friend. My stories and memories of Rob are so vivid in my head, that I will cherish...Read More »
42 of 69 | Posted by: Mike, Mitchell, Bly and Gloria Scott - IN
“Dear Henke Family,
My heart is with you as I send my sincerest condolences.
My favorite memory was when Rob helped put together a hotwheels toy for...Read More »
43 of 69 | Posted by: Ivy Donlan - Family Friend
“May Rob rest in peace! I am sure he was welcomed into heaven by Jesus and His Blessed Mother and all the saints and angels. My heart goes out to...Read More »
44 of 69 | Posted by: Bonnie Schott - Indianapolis, IN
You will be missed by all who knew you. Your sly smile and quick wit I'll always remember. You were a great guy. Your whole family made such an...Read More »
45 of 69 | Posted by: David Hewitt - Bloomington, IN
“Words cannot express the sadness we feel upon hearing of the loss of sweet Rob. The entire Henke family are special people who were always close and...Read More »
46 of 69 | Posted by: Ed & Linda Hewitt - Foley,, AL
“My prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May God wrap his loving arms around you all and greet Rob with open arms in his kingdom.
47 of 69 | Posted by: Carolyn Schausten - Indianapolis, IN
“Thoughts and prayers to the Henke family.
48 of 69 | Posted by: Julie DeWar Fipps - Bloomington, IN
“To the Henke Family
Even way back in pre-school, I knew that you were a special family. My prayers and love are with you at this time.
Kathy...Read More »
49 of 69 | Posted by: Kathy Henderson
“I cannot begin to imagine the grief you are going through at this moment. I myself have three children and I know how much his children meant to Rob....Read More »
50 of 69 | Posted by: Matthew Giedraitis
“The world lost a great guy in Rob Henke, I will miss him dearly, we shared many life expeirences, you were a true friend. My prayers and thoughts are...Read More »
51 of 69 | Posted by: Brad Mobley - Bloomington, IN
I am so sorry, and all of us are praying for you and your family.
52 of 69 | Posted by: Maggie Lengerich - Greenwood, IN
“My Condolences to the Henke family.
53 of 69 | Posted by: Tammy Zalas - South Bend, IN
“Rob coached my son for many years with Jimmy. He was great with Nick and a wonderful example to him. I am forever in his debt. My son's dad, stepmom,...Read More »
54 of 69 | Posted by: Peggy Gritt - Cincinnati, OH
“My heart is broken for the Henke family. I never knew Rob personally, but heard countless wonderful stories about him from Ellen. He is so loved by...Read More »
55 of 69 | Posted by: Robert and Emily DiGiuseppe - NC
“There are no words that can express the sorrow I feel for the Henke family. I like so many others who have posted, simply adore hearing of the Henke...Read More »
56 of 69 | Posted by: Scott and Courtney Kistler - IN
“I met Rob at "Henkefest" in 2010. I remember being at his house and watching all the Henkes playing volleyball and enjoying Rob's grilling abilities...Read More »
57 of 69 | Posted by: John Taylor - Mt. Vernon, IN
“So very sorry for you loss, I know you will cherish his memories forever. Prayers sent.
58 of 69 | Posted by: Jyma Cornman Hale - Gosport, IN
“My prayers are with all the Henke family during this difficult time. May you all be blessed and comforted by the wonderful memories of Rob.
God...Read More »
59 of 69 | Posted by: Diana Roy - Camby, IN
“My Prayers for the entire Henke family for the great loss you're having endure. May you find comfort in your Faith and Memories of the great Man Rob...Read More »
60 of 69 | Posted by: Karen Prince - Bloomington, IN
“You were a wonderful person and will be missed. Hugs and prayers go out to the family... Marla
61 of 69 | Posted by: Marla Francis-McClary - IN
“I will forever remember Rob with his baseball cap and shorts on. He always had a kind word for everyone and a smile and a hug for "Mr. Riley." We...Read More »
62 of 69 | Posted by: Kara Schalk
“The first time I talked to Mr. Henke was when I crashed one of his bikes about four years ago whiling riding around with Jimmy and some of our other...Read More »
63 of 69 | Posted by: Lizzie Corcoran - Indianapolis, IN
“Prayers of gratitude for his life ...
64 of 69 | Posted by: Susan Cramer - Martinsville, IN
“Rob was very active at OLG sports and was always kind and cordial. Exemplified the works of an angel on earth. Our condolences Henkel family. The...Read More »
65 of 69 | Posted by: Carlos Berrones - Franklin, IN
“There are so many memories I have with Mr. Henke throughout my days at OLG and into Roncalli. He was a great coach and always helped the players to...Read More »
66 of 69 | Posted by: Matt Connors - Greenwood, IN
“The countless vacation stories we've shared. Our love of nature we've shared. Our love of hound dogs we've shared. Above all, our love of family...Read More »
67 of 69 | Posted by: Charlie and Sara Scott - friend
“It is evident in every family story told that Rob and Ellen have an amazing family. The love that they all share is inspiring and although I did not...Read More »
68 of 69 | Posted by: Lindsay Warner & Ben Warner - IN
“One of my favorite memories is suprising Rob in New Orleans for his birthday. Lots of walking Bourbon Street establishments with our wives, cab rides...Read More »
69 of 69 | Posted by: James Dantic - Richmond, KY
Robert Andrew Henke of Greenwood died on December 27, 2011 after a short, courageous battle with cancer . He was born to James P. Henke and Joyce A. (Diedrich) Henke on October 24, 1962 in Cincinnati, OH. His father preceded him in death.
Rob's entire life focused on faith and family. He graduated from Indiana University and loved his Indiana Hoosiers, and remained a loyal Cincinnati Reds and Bengals fan. He married his beautiful wife Ellen in 1990 after meeting her at IU. He had 3 loving children; Jimmy, 17, Kristen, 15, Danielle, 11, who became the focus of his life. He loved to go camping with his family as he enjoyed the beauty of God's nature. Rob enjoyed every minute he had with his family. He coached their sports teams through Greenwood Little League, Center Grove Lassie League, and CYO sports throughout their childhood. Most importantly, he raised them in the Catholic faith at Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church. Jesus was the center of all that Rob did.
At the church, Rob was an usher and a member of the Haiti Committee. Rob also started his own business, Heartland Vintage Wines in 1997. He was so personable that all his customers looked forward to working with him and many became a second family to him.
Other survivors include his mother Joyce, siblings; Jamie Thompson, Jeff (Richie) Henke, Tim (Erika) Henke and Tammy (Eddie) Rowland. He dearly loved his entire Henke family which gathered every year in a crazy event known as 'Henkefest'. They were always there for each other through good times and bad. Rob was also loved by his mother and father in law Suzanne and Claude Lepine and sisters and brothers in law; Annette (John) Termini and Katie (Robby) Ingram. Also surviving are 20 nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4-8 Friday, December 30 at Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church, 335 South Meridian Street, Greenwood with a vigil service at 7:30 PM. The funeral mass will be at the church Saturday, December 31 at 10 AM. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Father Rick Nagel will officiate.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Henke Family Education Fund at any Indiana Members Credit Union for the Henke children.