On June 8, 2021, Clarence Alfons Henke gained his angel wings at the age of 77 years. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Clarence was born on November 18, 1943, in Kenedy, to Alfons Elo Henke and Mary Ella Retzloff Henke. He attended school in Fashing grades first to eighth and then went on to Karnes City High School where he graduated from in 1962. He married Rhonda Aline Koenig on June 12, 1971, in Karnes City. He served in the Army Reserves for two and a half years and the National Guard for three and a half years. He worked at HR Smith Special Oil Co. for seven years, then left to become a farmer and rancher. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards. He also loved gardening, and grew many different vegetables.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Rhonda Henke; daughters, Shannon Michelle Tamayo (Juan), and Gwen Aline Hesseltine (Robert); grandchildren, Christian L. Tamayo, Julianna A. Tamayo, Meredith A. Hesseltine, Mollie F. Hesseltine, and Robert Hesseltine Jr.; sisters, Mary R. Geiger (Fred), Helen A. Hillert (Conrad), and Patricia M. Smith (Gene). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
A visitation took place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel in Karnes City. A rosary was recited at 6 p.m. that evening. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Campbellton. Burial followed at the Fashing Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Mathew Tarrillion, Jonathan Tarrillion, Bradley Floyd, Robert Hesseltine, Christian Tamayo and Robert Hesseltine, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers were Christopher Tarrillion and Steve Geiger.
Memorials may be sent to Sacred Heart Catholic Church: 626 Market St., Pleasanton, Texas 78064, or The Fashing Cemetery Inc: 501 Jambers Ranch Rd, Whitsett, Texas 78075.