Douglas Henker

Date of Death: Sep 10, 2019
Douglas Henker

1934 - 2019

Douglas Henker, 85, of Waupun, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Waupun Memorial Hospital.

Doug was born March 2, 1934 in Fond du Lac the son of Walter and Mabel Stindt Henker. Doug attended Brandon schools and graduated from Brandon High School in 1952. On January 16, 1959 he married Annette Vander Meulen in Randolph. The couple resided in Brandon most of their married lives. Doug and Annette owned Doug’s Food Market in Brandon and later Doug was employed by the Village of Brandon as the Director of Public Works. He served on the Brandon Fire Department for 20 years and was chief for five years. He helped facilitate fund raisers to create the Community Park in Brandon as well as the nature trail. Doug served on the village board, was a past member of the Conservation Club and Brandon Lions Club. He was a member of Bethel Reformed Church in Brandon.

Doug is survived by his wife of 60 years, Annette Henker of Waupun; two sons: Richard (Hiroko) Henker of Pittsburgh, PA, and Russell (Linda) Henker of Brandon; three granddaughters: Gillian Henker, Kitra Henker, and Mallorie Henker; two great-grandsons: Roman and Noah; brothers: Robert (Barb) Henker of Waupun, David (Donna) Henker of the town of Alto, William (Miriam) Henker of Wautoma, and Gary (Judy) Henker of Brandon; sisters: Doris (Don) Bade of the town of Alto, Kay (Warren) Vande Zande of Waupun, and Donna (Elton) DeBoer of Waupun; and several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister-in-law, Florence Henker.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 3-6 p.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and on Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.


Services for Doug Henker will be held Monday, September 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Reformed Church in Brandon with Rev. John Tilstra officiating.

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  1. Dear Henker Family and Friends,
    My family and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to you all for the demise of your great figure of the family. By his short biography we could understand he was a nature loving man and activist. We hope, while the deceased rest in peace, his family and friends find strength to cope-up this unfortunate stage of life and see him off for the last time on 16th September 2019 with prayers and love.
    Our sincere prayers for your beloved Dad, Sir Richard Henker.

    From Dr. Tashi Wangchuk and Family.

    • Richard Alynn Henker Says: September 13, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Dr. Tashi, Thanks so much for the kind words about my father. My family appreciates your note. It has always been a pleasure to work with you over the years in Bhutan. I hope you and your family are doing well.
      thank you

  2. Gert Schouten Says: September 12, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Remembering you family in my prayers

  3. I have been informed of Doug’s death via Lois Tank Lawson via an email. Doug and I attended school together from the 1st grade through high school. I last saw Doug about 5-6 years ago while visiting in Brandon. I was surprised to read and recog- nize so many of the Henker names in the obituary. It is nice to have a large family, especially at a time such as this.
    My condolences to the many family members.

    Richard Damerau of Dallas, Texas

  4. I am so glad I was able to meet Doug and the family for their traditional Saturday morning breakfast on the 24th of August. He was a good man and will be missed. Tom Palmer

  5. Judith Mermigas Says: September 13, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Sympathy and condolences from the University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program faculty. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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