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John Walter Henkel

October 23, 1927 - May 9, 2018

Lifelong Portland resident, John Walter Henkel passed away peacefully May 9th.


John was one  of eight children, born to John and Matilda Henkel. He graduated from Benson High School in 1945. John met his wife, Joan thru mutual friends on New Years Day in Salem, Oregon.  John served in the Army from 1945 to 1948.


John worked as an electrician  for Willamette Iron and Steel and then  went to work at Bocci and Bromberger, followed by Columbia Distributing and retired from Guisti Wine Company.  John was very proud  of his years of selling wine and being a top wine salesman.


John was very active at  St Philip Neri. He was a member of the Holy Name Society as  well as the school board. He  was chairman of several fund raisers at church, including ravioli making and wine tasting.


John enjoyed camping with his family, cruising with his wife,  working on their beach house and spending time in the backyard watching his family enjoy the swimming pool.


He is predeceased in death by his parents, John and Matilda, sisters  Marian, Helen and Molly. He is survived by his wife of 66  years Joan Bocci Henkel, daughters Susan Sharp (Tom Heckenberg), Roberta Colburn (John), Mary Jo Corrado (Greg), Patty Trautmann (Mike),  and  Paula  Salu (Ace). He is also survived by  11 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren,  brothers Louis, Fred, William,  sister Dorothy, and many nieces and nephews.


Services will be  Saturday May 19 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church,   10:30 Rosary,  11 am Mass. Burial to follow  Monday, May 21 at 11 am  at Gethsemani Cemetary  with military honors.


In lieu of flowers, the family  requests  donations be  made to the Providence  Medical Foundation attention Dementia Fund.

In Memory of John Henkel


Providence Portland Medical Foundation

Dementia Fund

4805 NE  Glisan Street Suite 1G14

Portland, Oregon 97213

In Memory of John Henkel

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Time: 10:30 am

St. Philip Neri Catholic Church


2408 SE 16th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97214

A rosary will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church.  Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 AM.

Committal will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 21, 2018 at Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery.

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