Stephen "Steve" E. Henkel

Dec 8, 1946 – Jan 17, 2018


Stephen "Steve" E. Henkel

Stephen "Steve" E. Henkel died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 17th in Tacoma, WA at the age of 71.

Steve was born at St. Cabrini Hospital on December 8, 1946, in Seattle, WA.  He graduated from Cleveland High School in Seattle, in 1965.  Steve retired from Boeing after 36 years in 2000. 

Steve is survived by his wife Lisa, sons Jim E. (Joni) Henkel and Adam J. Henkel, sister Linda (Ron) Goudreau, grandchildren Ashley, Nick, and Jamey, and many nieces and nephews.  Steve was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Victoria Henkel and brother Ronald F. Henkel.

In keeping with Steve's wishes, there will be no funeral service.  Steve will rest in peace in Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial's Columbarium in SeaTac, WA.


Mike Rutter
Milton, WA
Jun 29, 2018

Dear Henkel Family -

I spent time with Steve at Cleveland HS where we graduated in 1965. I considered Steve my best friend then, but our paths separated after HS.

Steve was one of the few guys who had weights in his home, probably the strongest guy in our class and we both quit the football team for similar reasons.

Steve had a long career at Boeing where I'm sure he was well liked for his hard work ethic and friendly personality. I went into the service after HS and led a different path.

I also remember his old Pontiac and trips to the drive in movies. His dad was a brew master at the Rainier Brewery so we enjoyed a few samples.

I was also a groomsman at his first wedding and he was one at mine in 1970. Steve was a great guy - one of the best - I truly miss him and will never forget him.

God bless Steve's wife, his family and his children. We send our condolences and wish you the very best. Feel free to contact me any time.

Mike Rutter


Robert Fox
Auburn, WA
May 25, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss. I grew up with Steve in South Park. We were friends from early elementary school thru graduation from Cleveland. He was a friend. We saw each other only a couple times since school but I often thought of him. I will miss him.

Paul and Violet Hatch
Kent, Wa
Feb 4, 2018

We are so sorry for your Loss.

May God be with you and your family .

Ronald G Malavotte
Wittmann , AZ
Feb 4, 2018

Lisa and Steve's children, I am very sorry for your loss. Steve was a person i looked up to from childhood on. This goes back to the house at South Park on the Dwamish River. The tree swing with the tire that went out over the water. The White Jelly Fish you showed me in your hand. The bench press record at Cleveland High. The Gun collection and the ride you gave me in the swamp off 10th ave in your Willys Jeep. Then there was the 1968 Green Camaro with the 396 four speed you street raced. You will be missed by myself and all those you knew. A rare person of kindness and strength and a family man, who always put others first.

Julie Malavotte
Wittmann, AZ
Feb 4, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Steve real well but the times we spent with and Lisa was very enjoyable.

Ted Kirpes
Enumclaw, Wa
Feb 3, 2018

Steve was a great guy, and when I moved here in December 1978 he helped me a lot. He was great to work with and also plenty of fun outside of work!

Allan ohlsen
Yelm, Wa
Feb 3, 2018

Steve was a great guy. I will miss him very much.

John Nicholes
Covington, wa
Feb 3, 2018

I worked with Steve At kent. Both as a mechanic and a manger Steve was very respected and I always considered him a friend.

John Davis
Bremerton , Wa
Feb 3, 2018

My cousin Steve will be greatly missed. I remember only good memories of him.

Della mcCleary
Seatac, Wa
Feb 2, 2018

Oh, so very sorry to read this. Condolences to the whole family. Keep good memories forever in your hearts.

Claudia Koransky
Puyallup, Wa
Feb 2, 2018

So sorry for your loss.

Ronda Reifel
Federal Way, Wa
Feb 2, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. I never met Steve but I work with his sister Linda. My condolences to the entire family.

Marjorie K Wallace
Lacey, WA
Feb 2, 2018

I will always remember Steve for his kindness and how he loved the outdoors. There are so many memories of our childhood years together.

Linda Goudreau
Black Diamond, Wa
Feb 2, 2018

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