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Deseret - Oasis Ward
Saturday December 9th, 2017

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Saturday December 9th, 2017
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Deseret - Oasis Ward
Saturday December 9th, 2017

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Norman Rulon Henke

Deseret, Utah - Norman Rulon Henke, age 72, passed away Monday, December 4, 2017 at his home in Deseret after a valiant fight against pancreatic cancer.  He was born November 13, 1945 in Murray, Utah to Cecil and Florence (Cook) Henke. He married Susan Alice Madsen in the Salt Lake City Temple on June 6, 1973.

          He was raised in the foothills of Draper, UT, which he loved. As a teenager, he loved to ride his horse up those canyons (or ride his bike on adventures to Utah County with his brothers and friends, or water ski on Utah Lake until snow fell.  He learned to work hard on a family owned poultry farm, and gained many skills in fixing and repairing which served him all his life. Basketball, hunting and boating were a big part of his life. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints in the Northwestern States Mission and gained a lifelong friend in one of his companions that he has shared many adventures with throughout his life. Knowing he was going to be drafted, he chose to enlist in the army and became a helicopter repairman while serving in the Vietnam War. He then attended BYU for two years before finally meeting the right girl on a blind date, and spent the next 44 years building a great family and legacy together. He tried lumberjacking, dairy milking, and pig farming, but found his niche as a general contractor in 1980. He has left his mark all over his community as well as in many other states, with homes, garages, business buildings, apartments and many other structures. He willingly and generously shared his time and construction talents with all of his children (and so many others!) in their homes and on countless projects. Norm also left his mark on all who knew him with his strong hugs and loving teasing. He was well known for his humorous “Normisms.”

          He was very active in the LDS church, and spent many years as scoutmaster.  He served in a ward bishopric, as a high priest group leader and twice as a stake high counselor. One of his favorite memories was being responsible for the stake sports program. For the last 5 years of his life, he was committed to the restoration project for the Deseret Heritage Association. He felt this was the mission he and his wife were meant to serve, rather than a formal proselyting mission.

          He honored his parents and served and cared for his aged mother so tenderly. He loved his wife tremendously. One of the last things he wanted his children to know was of his love and adoration for her. He was dedicated to and adored his children and grandchildren as well. He worked hard to provide for them, and enjoyed the family trips to Lake Powell, camping, or hunting. He was water-skiing up to the last year of his life. He was amazed to be called as a high councilor with his failing health, but it came as an answer to his prayer to have the opportunity to bear witness of the love and power of His Savior, Jesus Christ.

          He is survived by his wife, Susan Henke of Deseret; children, Rachel (David) Lisonbee of Hurricane, UT; Lynae (Bryce) Thompson of South Jordan, UT; Lisa (Blair) Keck of Deseret, UT; Sarah (Kyle) Brown of West Jordan, UT; Diane (Mike) Downward of Kanab, UT; Mary (Terral) Fox of Enoch, UT; Matthew (Karalee) Henke of Kanab, UT; 26 grandchildren and 2 on the way; step-mother-in-law, Sharon Kimber of Bountiful, UT; siblings, Marvin (Jan) Henke of Abraham, UT; Lynn (Edna) Henke of Ivins, UT; Paul (Jane) Henke of Heber City, UT; (Kathleen) Henke of Farmington, NM; Claudia (Wesley) Witt of Sandy, UT; Cheryl (Keith) of Heber City, UT; Owen (Jennifer) of Deseret, UT; Kevin (MaryAnna) Henke of Hinckley, UT; Lorna (Troy) Henry of Yakima, WA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and younger brother, Douglas (Kathleen) Henke.

          Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m., at the Deseret/Oasis Ward House, 3422 W. 4500 S. Deseret, UT. Viewing will be held prior to services from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Deseret cemetery under the care of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home. Online condolences can be expressed at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com.

          Norm liked nature, but in lieu of flowers, he would appreciate any donations to be sent to the Deseret Heritage Association, 3830 W. 4500 S. Deseret, UT 84624.

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I loved Norm from the first time I met him. It was because I immediately felt loved by him. I was just a awkward little girl but he made me feel so special every time we were together. I watched him work himself to a frazzle to care for his growing family but never complain about it, but was usually happy and playful. I truly adored him and I always will! It breaks my heart not to be there at the funeral. Much love to my dear sister and her wonderful children.

April and David Weeks Dec 9 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Norman Henke

April Weeks Dec 9 2017 12:00 AM

Susan, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. We are grateful for our friendship with you and Norm. We love Diane and are so thankful that her and Michael are raising a wonderful eternal family. Thank you for raising your family in the gospel and teaching them the important things of life. May the Spirit of the Lord comfort all of you at this time. Love, Mark and Sheri

Mark and Sheri Downward Dec 8 2017 12:00 AM

Norm was one of the dearest friends and greatest men it will ever be my privilege to know. He was so much fun and so kind and what a dear friend and brother he became to me. I will miss him more than i can say for I love him so much. He was my brother. We got to know each other really well in the summer of 1968, working for a swimming pool building company in Portland, Or. What a blast that was. but later that fall, he enlisted in the army and was stationed for a year at Quinon, as a helicopter mechanic and part time door gunner. When i heard about his having flown a number of times as a door gunner, my knees got weak, but i was sure he would come home as he needed to meet and marry his beloved Susan. I will miss him for the rest of my life, but one day we will never be separated again. I love you, my dear friend. Lew Bunnell

Lewis J Bunnell Dec 7 2017 12:00 AM

It has been a great honor Norman Henke. I will be eternally grateful for raising such a wonderful daughter, Sarah, who is now my daughter-in-law. He taught my son so many things as they worked together on construction projects. He was also a wonderful grandfather to my grandson especially the past 5 years since the passing of my husband.
He will be greatly missed.
Marta Brown

Marta Brown Dec 6 2017 12:00 AM

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Thank you for your kind message, Marta. Kyle has been an awesome addition to our family! He is a very kind, helpful and hard working person.

Lynae Thompson Dec 6 2017 12:00 AM

It meant so much to me to be listed as one of Norman's survivors. He was my gentle giant. He always made me feel loved and I could not have loved him more had I given birth to him.
The mornings that he and I spent watching the sun rise over the ocean in Hawaii are dear memories to me.
There are so many things around my house and my yard that remind me of the selfless service that he gave to me. I will miss him. Happy trails, Norm.

Sharon Kimber Dec 6 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Norman Henke

Sharon KImber Dec 6 2017 12:00 AM

My condolences to Rachel, David and your family on the passing of Rachel's father. from his bio it looks like he left a great legacy and a wonderful and loving family. I'm sure he will be missed.

With deepest sympathy
Brad Totten

Brad Totten Dec 6 2017 12:00 AM