Harold Eugene Henk


Harold "Skip" Eugene Henk III was suddenly and unexpectedly taken from this world on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at 10:33 in the morning in the Emergency Room at UPMC Horizon in Farrell, due to sudden cardiac death. Skip was an otherwise healthy, active man who left us too soon at only forty-six (46) years old.
Skip was born on Oct. 26, 1972, to Harold Eugene Henk Jr. and Rosanne Barnes in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. He started dating his husband, Shawn Albert Henk, on Jan. 16, 2004, and the two were married on their ten (10) year anniversary in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on Jan. 16, 2014.
Skip was graduated from Hollywood Hills High School in Hollywood, Fla., and went on to earn a Bachelor's in Psychology from Boston College in Boston.
Throughout his life he held many jobs, all of which he always enjoyed, and made friends with all whom he came in touch, including server and restaurant management at Shoney's Restaurant, salesman at Radio Shack for many years, therapist, Taoist teacher, mentor, theologian, historian, religious historian, mystic and a devout Taoist, plus a friend to so many who helped to save lives all over the world in ways even his husband and family had no idea.
He loved more than anything to be an ear to talk to/listen to you, always had a joke to tell to brighten your day and just radiated positivity and love to everyone he knew.
He was a mentor, teacher, therapist, and supportive friend to so many from all around the world and many people over the years had personally stated that he had helped to save them from suicide or made them feel special, important and most of all, loved. His selfless dedication and devotion to others is something to be admired and something from which we could all learn.
He was also a loving, dedicated, devoted husband to Shawn and father to their many fur babies, three (3) dogs: Levi, Bam and Sparky; fourteen (14) cats: Vicky, Ana, Theodore, Hattie, Simba, Salem, Fuzzy, T. J., The Butteesh, newest addition to our family, Tiglet, Creamsicle, Fudgesicle, Left Eye and Peacenickel; Indian Ringneck Parrot, Madea, three (3) cockatiels: Willy, Milly and Yilly and eighteen (18) chickens and two (2) roosters who all were treated with love and respect and spoiled rotten by their daddy. They will dearly miss his being their all day long while mommy was at work.
Skip is survived by his husband, Shawn Henk of Mercer; his father, Harold Eugene Henk Jr. of Lutz, Fla; his mother, Rosanne Barnes-Henk-Panunzio of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; his stepmother, Missy Henk of Lutz; his mother-in-law, Pamela Gorichky of Hermitage; his grandparents-in-law, John "Jack" and Diana Redmond, both of Mercer, and Pat Wylie of Transfer; his brothers, Brian of Texas, and Kenny, Chad, Adam and Jack, all of Florida; his sisters, Caroline and Jennifer of Florida; his brother Jack of Florida, his aunts Bobbie, Kathy, Mary and Sandy, all of Michigan; great-aunt, Marge, of Michigan; his uncles, John, Ron, Jeff, Andy, Rich, Louis and Don, all of Michigan; his nephews, Michael, Matthew and Chase of Florida; his nieces Makaela and Maribella of Florida, and Lindsay and Abbey of Mercer; and many loving cousins and dear friends from all over the country and the world, all with whom he always tried his best to stay in touch.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, after whom he was named, his paternal grandmother, maternal grandmother, maternal grandfather, maternal great-grandmother, all of whom he was very close to all his life and theirs.
His husband, fur babies, family and friends all meant everything in the world to him and we will all certainly miss him and never be the same again without him.
Donations in lieu of flowers, will be graciously accepted by Skip's surviving spouse, which can be either made in person at Cunningham Funeral Home Inc. in Mercer, or online through gofundme.com in order to help to ease some of the financial burden on the family during this difficult time.

Harold "Skip" Eugene III.
Calling hours: 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday (4-18-19) at CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer.
Memorial service: 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
Published on April 15, 2019
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Rochelle A Cohen
Apr 17, 2019
Skip has been in my life since shawn met him in 2004. I loved his positive attitude hos humor..the love he gave everyone... I wish i was around more... He is sadly missed and has always been a great friend.. Shawn henk i pray better days r ahead for u.. This is without a doubt the hardest thing ive had to go thru...so shawn i cant imagine what u r going thru..u been a best friend of mine since 7th grade...i love u with all my heart. Im sorry i wasnt around like i shouldve. U both were the kindest and funniest people i know...not to mention the greatest friends i ever had...i love u skip more than anything..and shawn please remember that skip will always be there watching over you and he wou...ld only want you to be happy. Just think of all his laughs and smiles that brightened up the room and I'm sure he would still want you to pass that on because you two are a funny great human being and deserve to be happy and that's all he would want for you.. rest in heaven skip Hank III... I'll miss you more than words could say and Shawn I will always be here for you call me text me whenever you need to I love you and I love skip and have nothing but great memories with you guys.. I miss you so much already but skip would not want any of us to be upset and sad he would want us to celebrate his life and we owe it to him to do that....Read more
Tammy Emmans
Apr 17, 2019
Skip is was and will always be an inspiration to myself and many others. I can only aspire nd hope to be anywhere near the human he was. You will soely be missed my lover, my brother, my friend. Until we meet again.
Harley Saslovsky
Apr 16, 2019
Skip, you were one bright, amazing soul . Being a long time friend of my mom & family , you also loved us kids (now adults) . You were always there to make others laugh & smile even on their worst days. You were one of the most kind hearted people I have ever met & I'm so grateful you were a friend in our lives . We love you forever.
Apr 16, 2019
From the moment I met you I was drawn to you, your down to earth personality allowed me to open up..I would love hearing your laugh and seeing your smile, you had the warmest light around you , soon we talked almost daily even bickered over different views but we had a common one... we loved nature, I didn't realized how much you met to mw until I found out you were gone , every day after I keep wanting to send you a message, keep watching over your lovely husband Shawn and I know you would not want any of us to be sad...but it hurts to much, i love you skip and Shawn
Janice Mauro
Apr 16, 2019
Skip you were my partner in crime my rock and im not sure how life moves forward without you my friend of 30 plus years and the one who has alwqys pulled me through the hard stuff. I know you will always be with use and it now my turn to be the syrong one for Shawn just like you were for me when I lost my husband almost 8 years ago. Just know that i got Shawn and that I love you.
Scott Florczak
Apr 16, 2019
Skip I never met an individual that had such in impact on my life, as you did, we shared so many memories over the many years that we have known each other, we had an unbreakable bond, a brotherhood, that was truly special, with all the ups and downs we had, our friendship always stayed strong, you were my best friend, and your memory will live with me internally, thank you Skip for all the great times we shared, and all the people I've met through you, farewell my friend, I love you, I miss you, thank you again for your true friendship.
Tonia Snell
Apr 16, 2019
Dude... we could speak a thousand words or none but were always on the same page. Still I get up looking for your wit and your wisdom. Til next time...
Loretta Porterfield
Apr 16, 2019
Skip, No words can ever express how much you meant to me and my girls, Sara and Ryan. You will forever be missed and will never be forgotten. Your memory will live within all your friends who love you so much. Im honored to have known you for so long. I love you Skip.
Jesi Hoskins
Apr 16, 2019
You made me laugh when I wanted to cry... You were a truly amazing... Unique guy!! Love you buddy... You're truly missed by everyone!! ❤ RIP you beautiful soul!! 😭
Sharlene M Battle
Apr 16, 2019
To a very special person whom I got to know. U will be missed by everyone. My deepest and sincerest condolences to his family and friends.