On Monday, August 6, 2018, our youngest son, Steve, age 27, passed away due to complications from a muscle deterioration disease.
Steve was very smart, compassionate, and had a great sense of humor. He decided that he wanted to become a pharmacist when he was giving injections to patients during a mission trip to Kenya. In May 2018 Steve earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado Medical Campus, Skaggs School of Pharmacy. He then passed all of his State exams and was ready to begin a pharmacy job at Walgreens which he had previously secured. Although he worked very hard to achieve his degree, he never missed an opportunity to have some fun. For example, he won the class Halloween costume contest twice, once for his dinosaur outfit and once for his mail-order bride outfit.
Other notable characteristics of Steve:
He loved African giraffes and dearly loved his mini-dachshund, Kiwi. He wore many outrageous t-shirts. As a master salesman, he could sell anything on eBay. He knew how to consistently get free pizzas by being the most vocal fan at CSU volleyball games. He was a video game aficionado. He personally installed an absolutely awesome sound system in his car and played his music really loud (the bass could almost knock you out of your seat).
Steve was quite an athlete and kept himself in great shape. He loved riding his bike, weightlifting and conditioning, snowboarding, kayaking, hiking in Moab, kickball, jumping on a trampoline (he was really good at this), and soccer.
Steve is survived by his parents, Dave and Beverly Henke of Centennial, Colorado; his brother, Brad Henke (wife Elise) of Vancouver, Canada; his aunt, Diane Zikes of Aurora, Colorado; his uncle, Paul Henke (wife Bonnie) of Tinley Park, Illinois; and his uncle, Mark Henke of Ocean Shores, Washington. He also is survived by his great-uncle, Ralph Jones of Bryan, Texas; his great-aunt, Pauline Brown, of Channelview, Texas; and many close friends and cousins. He was preceded in death by his uncle, Frank Zikes of Aurora, Colorado and his grandparents.
Most importantly, Steve was a Christian, and although he will be greatly missed, we know he is with Jesus now and we will see him again someday.
When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust
I will trust in You
I will trust in You
Lyrics from Trust in You by Lauren Daigle and Michael Farren
In lieu of flowers please make donations in Steven's honor to either Denver Rescue Mission, South East Christian Church or a charity of your choice.
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