Robert F. Henkle, MD, age 87, formerly of North Milwaukee Street, Port Washington, WI died unexpectedly Monday, December 14, 2015 at his residence at Newcastle Place in Mequon.

Bob was born on June 27, 1928 in Des Moines, IA, son of Kenneth and Pauline Fenton Henkle.

On December 28, 1951, Bob married Marjorie L. “Marge” Quinn of Des Moines in Iowa City, IA. From June 1953 until June 1956, Bob served in the US Air Force, discharged with the rank of Captain. After a few years based in various states between his medical training and his military service, the Henkles settled in Port Washington. Most residents were familiar with his clinic on West Monroe Street. He retired from practice in 1991.

Bob was a founding member and faithful leader of St. Simon the Fisherman Episcopal Church in Port Washington. He enjoyed a lifelong love of music and singing. He and his wife loved to share music with family and friends. Their home was filled with music and song for family and holiday gatherings. Bob was a barbershopper, sang with the St. Mary’s Church Choir and Newcastle Place. He had been on the board of directors of the Cedar Campus in Wet Bend for over ten years. Bob was an active volunteer with the Meals On Wheels Program, Interfaith Caregivers and the Port Washington Food Pantry. He enjoyed playing and watching golf and sprucing up the yard. Bob and his wife Marge enjoyed playing Bridge and Sheepshead. Marge preceded him in death on November 11, 2013. He and the boys continued to play Poker when they could.

He is survived by his six children, Kathryn “Kathy” (Bill) Mulligan, MD of Shererville, IN, Joseph “Joe” (the late Gloria) Henkle of Springfield, IL, Robert “Bob” Henkle of Port Washington, William “Bill” (Mary) Henkle of Port Washington, Patricia “Patti” (Tony) Depies of Sturgeon Bay and Daniel “Dan” (Steve Kawa-Henkle) Henkle-Kawa of San Francisco; 18 grandchildren Caitlin (Steve) Newark, Quinn Mulligan, Ben, Sarah and Laura Henkle, Bobby, Talia, Tricia and Amanda Henkle, Lauren, Annie, Joe and Carolyn Henkle, Patrick, Alex and Monica Depies and Katherine and Michael Henkle-Kawa; two sisters Marilyn (the late Paul) Gorham of Indianola, IN and Jane (the late Tom) Crane of Springfield, VA; sister-in-law Mary Jane (the late Patrick) Ryan of Kettering, OH, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 430 N. Johnson Street, Port Washington. Reverend Julian V. Hills of St. Simon the Fisherman Episcopal Church, Port Washington will preside. He will be interred at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington. Visitation will be from 3-6PM Tuesday, December 22 at the POOLE FUNERAL HOME, 203 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington and from 10-11AM Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church prior to service.

Memorials to St. Simon Church, 3448 N Green Bay Rd., Port Washington, Interfaith Caregivers, 885 Badger Circle, Grafton or the Port Washington Food Pantry, 1800 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington appreciated.



  1. Our condolences.

    The Madler family

  2. Only good memories of our family doctor way back when.


  3. Barb and I would like to extend our deepest of sympathy to the entire Henkle Family. I am sorry we will not be able to express our condolences in person. Today in Florida we had a similar Celebration of Life for Barb’s mother who passed away earlier this year.
    I agree with several of the comments regarding the professionalism Dr Henkle demonstrated. I remember him helping get me back on the PWHS football field after reassuring me my wrist was not broken.
    The Maechtle and Henkle Family have shared celebrations of birthdays and graduations. Unfortunately in the past six years we have also experienced these difficult moments we call a Celebrations of Life. Today I told our Family to take comfort in the fact that Missing Moments Make Marvelous Memories. May God Bless all of you and provide you with the necessary strength as you work through this difficult chapter in life.

  4. The Port Washington Garden Club extends its condolences to the Henkle family and our appreciation to Bob and Marge for twice sharing the beauty and grace of their lovely garden with the community.

  5. To All the kids:
    Please know my deepest and heartfelt sorrow at the passing of your Dad.
    It brings me to tears now typing this.
    He delivered me, took out my tonsils and was my DR all the way through college.
    He was a special man.
    Not because he was a DR – yes, he was ONE OF A KIND and amazing at that; but just his true spirit of who he was. You could feel the warmth in his smile and know the peaceful and kind man he was. His wit, compassion and wisdom touched you when you spoke with him.
    He truly was an amazing soul and I am quite sure is doing very important things at the next level of his journey.
    I am typing this just before I start my 12 hour shift as a physical therapist and I think if I can emulate his compassion, understanding and kindness with all of my patients I am serving his example well.
    Take care all of you and find comfort in the love that only siblings can share.
    Much love and my thoughts are with all of you today – wish I could come in person.
    Mara (spencer) Robichaud

  6. I knew Robert only as Uncle Bob. Oh how I lament the fact that I could have not had more visits with Uncle Bob over the years but I am thankful for the few that I did have in the last ten years or so. His laugh was infectious and he had a voice that made even the best radio personalities jealous. He loved to tell stories and had that special gift of making everyone feel important in some way. I especially will always remember our great drop-in visit to the Henkle Reunion in Estes Park in 2001(?) with the entire Henkle clan. Good times.

    To all of the extended Henkle Family, we send from Colorado our deepest sympathies and our prayers are with you. God Bless Uncle Bob.

  7. Doc will be missed by all
    I got to know his family growing up in Port and going to school in Madison
    His calm demeanor was a model for all in the medical profession
    I too will be unable to attend services but will raise a glass to toast him, and the Henkle boys. They are his lasting legacy.

  8. Dr. Henkle served our family well. He delivered my son and treated all of us from time to time as a general practioner over the years. He was very compassionate and I had a lot of respect for him. More than anything he was a genuine human being, and it was great to converse with him and hear him laugh. My sincere condolences to the entire Henkle family. “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

  9. My sympathy to the entire Henkle family. I worked for Doc Henkle for over 20 years. He was a great doctor and a great boss. He delivered all three of our sons and was our family doctor until he retired. He will be missed by many, many people. He is now with Marge to celebrate Christmas in Heaven!

  10. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Henkle’s family. What a great and generous person/Dr. He was our families physician before he retired and was the most caring person, made house calls and always followed up. What a great sense of humor and a wonderful human being. He will be sadly missed and has let an indelible mark in the community. Larry and June Caro family.

  11. So very sorry to hear of Dr. Henkle’s passing . He was the greatest Dr. I ever worked for. We lived right across the street from his clinic by Monroe and James drive. Dr Henkle delivered 3 of our 5 children before he stopped delivering babies. We heard him sing in so many barbar shop concerts. What a great guy. Marge and Dr. were a perfect example of love and raising a wonderful family. He will be missed by all the families and friends . Sorry we live in Texas now and cannot make his funeral. We are there in spirit. GOD BLESS HIM . The Mallinger’s Tom/Mary

  12. A wonderful human being with children to match. He will be missed. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make the service, but we’ll raise a toast to him in January. My thoughts are with the family, particularly my former college roommates.

  13. He was a wonderful man and doctor. The family is in my thought and prayers

  14. Dear Henkle Family – I worked with your father for many years @ St. Alphonsus Hospital. He came to my “pleas” for help in the ER in the middle of the night many times when the OC MD was miles away and he was so close. He never complained, but fulfilled his responsibilities as a caring physician. Saw him last @ WalMart and got a hug – I will always cherish. He fulfilled his life as a physician better than we know – his patients loved him and so did I. My deepest sympathy to all of you – he’ll be with Baby Jesus for Christmas! Pat Uselding

  15. Dr. was an excellent neighbor, and we enjoyed his humor. I sang in the local Barbershop singing chapter with him, and he also sang in St. Mary’s church choir. Bob loved singing, and had a great sense of humor.. I’m sure he will be missed.

  16. Condolences as well to the entire Henkle family – from the oldest of the eight (8) Grady family kids that he attended to over the years. Their was a notice posted on the I Grew Up in Port Washington group site on Facebook that I’m sure the family would find some good comfort in reading through – here is but one sample of the outpouring of warm memories of thanks and condolences from all the lives Doc Henkle touched during his lifetime:

    Dr. Henkle will always have a warm place in the collective hearts of the Grady Family – it wouldn’t surprise me if during some cold and flu season’s he spent more time at 908 W. Grand Ave – tending to the ‘Grady bunch’ then he spent time at home. All our thoughts and healing prayers to the Henkle Family from ‘the Grady’s ….. personally, I’ll always remember Dr. Henkle with a smile – even this part: “Now roll over….this won’t hurt a bit”

  17. Condolences to the family.

  18. Sending all my love and prayers to the Henkle family. Thank you for being my doctor and raising some great babysitters.

  19. Condolences to the family. Have fond memories of him coming to our home when we were children. Once when I had the measles he instructed me carefully not to scratch then gave me a firm pat on the back. I begged him well could you keep,slapping my back ? He cracked up. A great Doctor and compassionate man. I think he gave me a couple more good slaps😊

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