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October 16, 2021

8/12/2021 5:29:00 AM
Roland J. Henkel, Sr.

Roland J. Henkel, Sr., age 89 of Harshaw, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 at home under the care of Compassus Hospice. He was born June 27, 1932, in Milwaukee, to the late Arthur and Regina (Krause) Henkel.

Roland grew up in West Milwaukee. He was a 1950 graduate of West Milwaukee High School. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict.

Roland met his future wife, Mary Torkelson, while they were both working at Harnischfeger Corp. in West Milwaukee. The two were married on Sept. 3, 1955 at Nain Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.

After raising 3 kids in Waukesha, Roland and Mary moved to Harshaw 36 years ago. He was a member and Elder of Faith Lutheran Church in Harshaw. He was a member of the Minocqua Gun Club. Roland was a former Fire Chief and Training Officer with the Cassian Township Volunteer Fire Department.

He was very family oriented and his children meant a lot to him. He loved his hunting dogs, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, and spending time in the outdoors; especially the lakes, farms, fields, the streams, and all wildlife.

Survivors include his wife, Mary J. Henkel of Harshaw, his daughters, Kim E. (James) Fischer of Menomonee Falls, and Karen J. Henkel of Marshfield, his son, Roland J. (Brenda) Henkel, Jr. of Berlin, Wis.; his grandchildren, Rebecca (Derek) Henkel, Jhon Krebs, Elisabeth (Zak) Nall, Luke (Payton) Fischer, and Ben (Madalaine) Radzinski; and his great-grandchildren, Makenda Kreps and Tatum Fischer.

Roland was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Regina Henkel of Milwaukee, and his brother, Kenneth Henkel of Greenfield.

A Celebration of Life for Roland J. Henkel, Sr. will be held at a later date at Faith Lutheran Church in Harshaw, and will be announced at that time.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers that all donations may be made to the Cassian Township Volunteer Fire Department in Roland's name.

Generations Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family. View Roland's obituary and leave online condolences at

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