Henry M. Coonce

COONCE, Henry M. “Hank” Aug 24, 1932 – Jan 8, 2013 Age 80, Omaha, NE. Preceded in death by parents, brothers, sisters, and daughter, Mary Beth Taylor. Survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Helen (Sullivan) Coonce; children: Denise (James) Blazek, Peggy (Steve) McGough, Daniel (Teri) Coonce; son-in-law, Terry Taylor; grandchildren: Molly Blazek, Katherine Blazek, Paul Blazek, Ann Blazek, Michael Blazek, Margaret Blazek, Grace Blazek, Claire Blazek, Christine McGough, Kelley McGough, Shelby Taylor, Kaitlyn Taylor, Emily Taylor, and Mattie Rose Taylor. Henry was born to Edward and Mary Coonce in Vermillion County, Indiana and went straight to work on their farm. Upon gaining his parents’ permission at age seventeen, Henry entered the Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. Kearsage during the Korean War. After his service, Henry settled in Omaha, met and married Helen, and began a 36 year career with the U.S. Postal Service. In addition to his job at the Post Office, Henry also started a part-time handyman service earning him the nickname of “Handy Hank.” Henry’s devotion to his family was extraordinary and should be a model for everyone. There was a time when he worked three jobs to make certain his family had what they needed. His handyman projects continued after his retirement from the Post Office and he could often be found sanding, painting, or remodeling something. Also after his retirement, he became an avid genealogist and recently resumed taking guitar lessons. Throughout his life, Henry loved to fish, garden, camp, and spend time outdoors. Henry was also a devoted grandfather. Going forward, less fish will be caught because Henry is not here to put worms on his granddaughters’ hooks. With his passing, we are reminded of how honorable, loyal, and hardworking he was. As a true testament to his nature, he left this world with calluses still on his hands. Husband, Dad, Grandpa, friend, your legacy is greatly treasured and you will be deeply missed. The family will receive friends Friday, January 11, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES Saturday, January 12 at 10am at the West Center Chapel. Interment, Calvary Cemetery with military rites by Millard American Legion Post 374 and VFW Post 8334. Memorials are suggested to Nebraska Heart Association.

HEAFEY-HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK & CUTLER Mortuaries and Crematories 7805 West Center Road Omaha, Nebraska 68124 (402) 391-3900

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