HENRY "HANK" ROBERT WILLEMARCK
HENRY "HANK" ROBERT
Henry "Hank" Robert Willemarck, 82, died Saturday, April 26, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 22, 1931 to Henry Sr. and Mary (Mystein) Willemarck in Lakewood Township, Duluth.
Hank grew up in Lakewood Township with seven siblings. He attended Lakewood schools. He then started driving trucks up the North Shore hauling pulp. He was drafted to serve in the Combat Infantry branch of the Army. Due to his excellent truck driving capabilities he drove truck to the front line for two years in the Korean War.
He was united in marriage to Olga "Esther" Stromberg on May 19, 1956 in Duluth. He lived his entire married life on the scenic North Shore (Duluth Township), until a recent illness forced him to leave his home. Hank enjoyed piloting small aircraft, taking fishing trips to Canada with his family or friends, being a Volunteer Fire Fighter for 40 years at the Clifton Fire Hall. He was owner of London Road Mobil and Lester Park Shell Station where he worked hard to provide for his family until the late 1960s. He worked for his brother George at Willemarck Masonry. Hank retired in 1992 as a Mechanic and Operating Engineer for Holm Construction.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Florence Hansen, Edward, Robert, and George Willemarck.
Hank is lovingly survived by his wife of 58 years, Olga "Esther Willemarck; daughter Shelly (Lance) Berg of Cannon Falls, Minn.; sons, Steve (Dawn), and Jeff (Kim) Willemarck, both of Duluth; grandchildren, Justin (Michelle), Brittany Berg of Cannon Falls; Carrie Denney of Proctor, Minn., Lindsey, Brandon, Cody and Kennedy Willemarck of Duluth; and the first great-granddaughter due in June; and siblings Leo of Arizona, Marie Paulson of Duluth and Jeanne (Tom) Seigel of Oak Park Ill.; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Hank will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren for overly buttered and salted popcorn, cribbage games, fishing trips, camping, being picked up after school to hang out, and for his love. His personality and wit lives in his family he leaves behind.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 12 Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014 in the Lakewood Town Hall. An immediate family service was held crypt-side on Wednesday, April 30. per Henrys wishes. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth, 727-3555.