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Melvin Franklin Henkes was born in Indian Gap, Texas, on July. 31,1934 to Louise Marwitz Henkes and Herman D.Henkes. He attended school at Indian Gap until eighth grade when his family moved to Hamilton where he graduated from Hamilton High School in 1952.

He was employed by the A&P Grocery for 10 years. He then graduated from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science and became a part of Riley Funeral Home,in Hamilton after graduation. He purchased Riley Funeral Home later, and eventually bought Evant Funeral Home. Riley Funeral Home was a part of his life for 45 years. He retired in 1996, remaining as a consultant to SCI.

A member of First United Methodist Church in Hamilton, he served on the board for several years. He served six years on Hamilton School Board and was a member when the present building bond was passed. He served on the Hamilton Chamber Of Commerce, was a volunteer fireman for twelve years and served as chairman of the Hamilton American Red Cross. Melvin was a member of Rock House Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He coached Little League baseball for 14 years and Teenage Baseball for 5 years. He has been a member of Bulldog Boosters since 1973, and he filmed games for the football team for nine years. One of his greatest honors was being selected by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year for his service to our town.
He enjoyed his farm and going to the cattle sale on Tuesdays during his later years.

On March 22, 1953 he married Martha (Marty) Riley in Hamilton. They lived most of their married life in Hamilton with their five children.

He is survived by his wife Marty, and by his children, Mel and wife Mary of Bedford, Mona and husband Hank Gloff of Hamilton, Marsha and husband Kenny Worthington of Gatesville, Marvin and wife Brenda of Quitman, and Marla and husband Stuart Burleson of Riviera.

Surviving grandchildren are Jaime and Bill Howell. Mark and Nancy Henkes, Charles and Dawn Johnson, Amanda Henkes, Randi and Femi Ojo, Brian Worthington, Kate Worthington, Hannah Burleson, Kendall Henkes, Haley Burleson, Mason Henkes and Chandler Henkes.

Great grandchildren surviving are Abigail Howell, Madison, Morgan and Myles Henkes,, Colter and Emma Johnson and Kathryn Ojo.

He is survived by step-grandchildren, Angie Dickie and husband Lee and family, Wendy Pausewang and husband Michael and family and Josh Adams and wife Lisa and family.
Surviving also are step-great grandchildren, Garrett and Haley Dickie; Luke and Clayton Adams; and Derek, Makaela, Logan, Miranda and Emma Pausewang.

He is also survived by his only sister Adelene Voges of Hamilton, by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dr. Jack and Edna Riley of Temple, and a large number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Riley, by a son-in-law, John B. Johnson, and a brother-in-law, Glenn Voges.

Donations may be made to The First Methodist Church of Hamilton, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Friends of Hamilton ISD, Hamilton Masonic Lodge, or Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements under the direction of Riley Funeral Home, Hamilton, Texas.