Gary D. Henkel 1950-2019

Gary D. Henkel

Gary D. Henkel, 69, of Medford, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Aspirus Medford Hospital. A funeral service and military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 31 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel. Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate. Visitation will be held at the funeral home that morning from 9-11 a.m. Burial will be held at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date.
Gary was born on April 13, 1950 in Medford to Oscar and Margaret (Bergmann) Henkel. He was a 1968 graduate of Medford Senior High. After his high school career, Gary enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He went on to serve as an aircraft electrician. He was honorably discharged after 20 years of service and earned the rank of Petty Officer First Class. He then returned to Medford and worked electrical maintenance for Hurd Windows for 20 years. In his retirement he worked at Ace Hardware with Medford Co-op. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, cutting firewood and woodworking. He also liked to tell jokes and enjoyed conversation. Gary was an active member of the Medford VFW Post No. 5729, where he was in charge of bingo.
Gary is survived by his children, Gregory Henkel of Ohio and Christal (Brian) Nowak of Medford; grandchildren, Austin, Hailey, McKenna, Gabriela and Arabella; siblings, Russell (Ann) Henkel of Ormond Beach, Fla. and Linda (Harvey) Pelot of Rhinelander; his labrador, Ruger; several nieces and nephews; and former spouses, Catherine Taber of Medford and Patricia Ogryzek of Athens.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Laurie Goessl; and nephew, Raymond Henkel.
Memorial donations in honor of Gary can be given to his family, with designation at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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