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    Obituary of Charles Henke Houston Chronicle 28 Jun 2006 Charles Lee Henke CHARLES LEE HENKE passed away suddenly and unexpectedly June 23, 2006. He was 63
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      Obituary of Charles Henke
      Houston Chronicle
      28 Jun 2006

      Charles Lee Henke

      CHARLES LEE HENKE passed away suddenly and unexpectedly June 23, 2006. He
      was 63 years old. Charles was born in Harlingen, Texas on October 21, 1942
      to Billie Faye Henke and Charles Edward Henke. However, he spent most of his
      life in Houston where he graduated from Bellaire High School. An
      accomplished athlete and proven winner, he went on to receive an athletic
      scholarship to play college football for Sam Houston State University. After
      his college days, Charles returned to Houston where he learned the
      commercial real estate business working for Walter Mischer and several of
      his companies. Ever the entrepreneur and without fear, he struck out on his
      own in the commercial real estate development business where he enjoyed both
      the great successes and disappointments Houston has experienced in
      commercial real estate over the years. During this time, he became business
      partners with Tom Huitt and remained close friends and business partners
      with Tom up until his untimely death. Charles was also very active in his
      community. He contributed countless hours of service to the Houston
      Livestock Show & Rodeo where he served as vice-chairman of the Skybox
      Committee and in various leadership roles in both the Lamb Auction Committee
      and the International Committee. While Charles enjoyed life to the fullest
      and loved the career he chose for himself, his greatest love was for his
      loving family. Charles is survived by his sister, Barbara G. Clute and her
      husband, Curtis, of Kerrville, Texas; his loving son, Charles L. Henke, Jr.
      and his wife, Tara of Houston, and his other loving son, William Travis
      Henke; grandchildren, Evan Edward Henke, Elizabeth Grace Henke and Harrison
      James Henke, all of Houston. Charles served as an inspiration to us all for
      hope, courage, optimism and tolerance of others. He was the "rock" we all
      looked to for inspiration, encouragement and support during difficult times.
      We will all miss him dearly. Honorary Pall Bearers are: Curtis Clute, Mike
      Graham, Evan Henke, J.J. Herman, M.D., Tom Huitt, Gary Kilgore, John Moritz,
      Ted Nagel and Jerry Price. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation
      with the family from six until eight o'clock in the evening on Wednesday,
      the 28th of June in the Library of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons. A memorial service
      will be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Thursday, the 29th of
      June in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons. In lieu of flowers, the
      family suggests that friends direct their memorials to the general
      scholarship fund of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, P.O. Box 20070,
      Houston, TX 77225, or to a charity of their choice.
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