Robert E. Henkel
Jun 7, 1954 – Dec 30, 2020 Omaha, Nebraska
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Elizabeth; father-in-law, John Eledge; brothers: Randy, Ronnie and Rick; granddaughter, Carly Henkel; brother-in-law, Jim Dorn.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; son, Ryan (Danielle) Henkel; daughters, Kristina (Paul) Bradford, Jackie (Robby) Coffey; sister, Ginger Dorn; mother-in-law, Darlene Eledge; step-mother, Cindy Strasser; 6 grandchildren: Tyler, Michael, Markus, Brielle, Scarlett, Athena; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; nieces, nephews and many other extended family and friends.
The family will have a celebration of life visitation and receive family and friends on Saturday, January 2, 2021, 1:00pm to 4:00pm at West Center Chapel.
Memorials will be directed by the family.
Rob was a loving husband, father, grandpa, and friend. He built a beautiful life with his wife Joan and three children and was blessed with seven grandchildren. His grandchildren were his pride and joy! He cherished the moments that he was able to spend snuggling with them and watching them grow. He was so proud of the unique individuals his children and grandkids had become.
He was always determined, generous, and intelligent. He was an entrepreneur for most of his career, and in his mid-twenties, he started and built a successful bindery and direct mail marketing business from the ground up. He was known for working hard and playing even harder.
Rob had a love for life, Husker football, good music (especially the Beatles!), and helping others. Both Rob and his wife Joan often opened their hearts and home, which would fondly become known as the “Henkel Hotel” to any friends or family in need. Rob had a way of making you feel so special, hold onto the memories of your personal conversations and deep connections. He was such a social man and he truly loved his many family members and friends.
“Black bird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise”