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.
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