Robert E. Henkel

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”


  • Martin Robinson Posted December 31, 2020 3:39 pm

    Our deepest condolences and prayers are with you and your family

  • Mike Anderson Posted December 31, 2020 4:02 pm

    Please accept our deepest condolences for your family’s loss.
    Our hearts are saddened and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Rick & Patty Berger Posted December 31, 2020 4:08 pm

    Rob was truly an incredible person, full of love and amazing friend. Rob surly will be missed. Our love and deepest condolences to you. Love Rick and Patty

  • Wendy Eledge Erdmann Posted December 31, 2020 4:37 pm

    Sending your family love during this difficult time. Rob was a wonderful husband, father and friend.

  • Amy Barbaria Posted December 31, 2020 4:38 pm

    Rob touched so many lives. He will be greatly missed. I’m sending prayers that all the memories he gave everyone will lift you up in this time of sorrow. Love to you all.

  • Adam and Melissa Hall and family Posted December 31, 2020 5:43 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of your husband, dad, and grandpa. We are thinking of you all now and as you continue to grieve. Sending prayers, love, hugs your way.

  • Beth (Strasser) Hodge Posted December 31, 2020 5:54 pm

    So sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. Deepest condolences to all the family in this terrible time..

  • Quin Gooch Posted December 31, 2020 5:54 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am extremely lucky to have met and spend time with him. Love you all.

  • Cindy Kment Posted December 31, 2020 6:29 pm

    My sincerest Sympathies to all the Henkel family in their loss of their very special family member and friend to all. Rob was the best and will be so missed when visiting the Henkel home.

  • Constance Hinman Posted December 31, 2020 8:03 pm

    I had the honor of being Rob’s friend during our formative years at Ryan High School. He was a kind, living and genuinely good person.I had the good fortune to reacquaint at last years reunion. He was untouched by the years. I will sincerely miss his presence with us on this earth. God be good to his soul.

  • Jeff Risavi Posted December 31, 2020 8:19 pm

    He was a great friend that was always there for me and helped me.

  • Diane Dlouhy Posted January 1, 2021 12:31 am

    Joan I’m so very sorry for your loss!! I’ve know Rob since grade school I’m also neighbors with Vicki Broderick. I was shocked to hear of his passing. Prayers to you and your families. I’m sure Rob has already met John and George up in Heaven. 💕

  • Bobbi Scott Posted January 1, 2021 7:55 am

    Joan Ryan Christie and Jackie I’m so sorry to hear about Rob he was always very special and warm to me he had a way to make me laugh and feel as if I was someone important I know what it feels to lose someone you love as I just lost my mom I am very sorry for your loss but I’m very thankful for have known him my thoughts and prayers are with you all

  • Connie Wickham Posted January 1, 2021 11:20 am

    Dear Danielle, Ryan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories of your dad help you in the days ahead.

  • Mary Shellenberger Posted January 1, 2021 12:20 pm

    Rob was a great friend to me. He all ways had something nice to say to me. He was a gentle giant and will be missed. Sending my prayers and thoughts to the family.

  • Mary Shellenberger Posted January 1, 2021 12:27 pm

    Rob was a great friend. He will be missed. He always had something nice to say to me. He was a gentle giant. I will miss him forever. Sending my prayers and love to his family.

  • Tim Seretta Posted January 1, 2021 2:19 pm

    Our thoughts are with your family at this time. We hope warm memories of Rob bring you a smile and strength as you traverse these hard times.

  • Larry Humlicek Posted January 1, 2021 7:02 pm

    Joan, and dearest family. We are so sorry for the loss of Rob! He was always a kind man willing to strike up a conveesation even though we didn’t see each other often. This breaks our hearts for your family❣️

  • Doug and Joanna Dragoun Posted January 1, 2021 9:12 pm

    Rob was a true inspiration to me as well as one of the most generous, caring guys you could ever meet. He will truly be missed by all.
    THANK YOU ROB for what you’ve done for us.
    Doug and Joanna.

  • dave kolar Posted January 2, 2021 9:09 am

    R Y A N Knight FOREVER

  • Cathy Lewis Posted January 2, 2021 1:58 pm

    Joan and family, Robby had that Heart of Gold that Neil Young sang about, and can be so hard to find. My dear cousin carved a path of beautiful memories and smiles he shared by so many people. I am grateful he touched my life too.

  • Caren Circo Posted January 2, 2021 2:07 pm

    Joan and family…. I am so sorry to hear of Robs passing.. He was always the most caring, generous person I’ve known.. He will forever be in our hearths and thoughts… RIP my dear friend

  • Brian & Laurie Barry Posted January 4, 2021 9:35 am

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of Rob. Although the loss of such an important individual will never be fully reconciled, please know that Rob will always be with you all; he will be close when you need him, guiding and loving each and every one of you as fully and completely as he always has. Lean on the memories, love, and support around you all to navigate these heavyhearted times, may they help you all to find peace.

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