Ernest F. Henkel
Published in The News-Press on 6/10/2008.
Ernest F. Henkel, 74, of Fort Myers, FL, formerly of Euclid/Stow, Ohio, died June 6, 2008 at Healthpark Hospital from complications following heart surgery.
Ernie was born August 3, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 51 years, Marilyn (nee Muehl), his beloved children, Nancie (Richard) Perilman of Stow, Ohio, Timothy of Fort Myers Beach, FL, Kirt (Monica Pavlik) of Twinsburg, Ohio, his cherished diva granddaughters, Katherine, Elizabeth, Alexandra, and Victoria, and treasured grandson, Jonah. Also surviving are his devoted sister, Anne (Emanuel) Kubasta of Bonita Springs, FL, his brother, Louis Luzar of Fort Myers Beach, FL, and many nieces and nephews.
Setting baseball records at Euclid High School and Lakewood Class A League, Ernie was signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball organization in June,1953. He pitched in their Farm System for several years before injuring his arm. Drafted into the U.S. Army Signal Corps, he was stationed at White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico and Stuttgart, Germany. Returning to Cleveland in 1958, he held various positions in the construction, cable, and repair departments of Ohio Bell Telephone Company, retiring with 35 years of service.
A Funeral Service will be held in Twinsburg, Ohio later this month. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Assoc. or St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3751 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931. Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home Fort Myers is in charge of local arrangements.
"Ernie's flirty wink and witty disposition will be missed by all including his many, many friends."