Henry ‘Hank’ Zickuhr left this world doing what he loved best—working on a project. On Thursday, May 14th, Henry passed away unexpectedly of heart failure after living 83 joyous years with family and friends.
Henry was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18th, 1936 to August and Margaret Zickuhr. There he met and married his sweetheart, Elsie, of 63 years on September 7th, 1957. Stationed in Virginia, he served in the Army and enjoyed living only a block away from the beach. They moved to Avon Lake, Ohio in 1959 and raised their three children: Randy, Terry, and Sharon. Henry retired from Ford Motor Company after 30 years; in 1991, they packed up and moved to Billings, MT—following their children out west.
Henry was a big kid at heart. He loved to learn about everyone he met, and he became particularly fond of researching individual’s ancestries and sharing his discoveries. Henry loved teaching his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren about anything and everything including cars, science, history, and wrestling.
Henry and Elsie loved long road trips and camping. They would save nickels, dimes, and green stamps all year long. In the summer, they would pack the family and make their way to the mountains. They continued these trips right up to the end taking grandchildren and great grandchildren years later. The memories made on these trips are the most enduring and precious family moments even to this day.
Henry is preceded in death by his parents, August and Margaret, brother-in-law Ron, sister-in-law Marion and niece Brenda.
Henry is survived by his beloved wife Elsie, brother William, sister-in-law Delores, sons Randy (Kim) and Terry, daughter Sharon, daughter-in-law Gayle, grandchildren Jon (Megan), Liz (Cory), Kimmy (Chris), Catherine (Jacque), Nick (Kendra), Audrey (Dave), Megan (Laura), Maggie (Michael), Edith, Daniel, nieces Linda (Mark), Cheryl, 13 great grandchildren and two more on the way.
Henry was loved by all who knew him!
In lieu of flowers, Henry would want you to have an ice cream on him.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Faith Chapel on Thursday, June 11th at 11:00am. A lunch will be served with social distancing guidelines in place.