Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana


February 21, 2014

Henry “Hank” Laker, 96

Henry “Hank” Laker, 96, Enochsburg, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at St. Andrews Health Campus. 

He was born Dec. 25, 1917, at home in Enochsburg to Joseph and Elizabeth (Saeger) Laker, the oldest of four children. 

Hank was a sergeant in the United States Army, 38th Infantry, 151st Regiment M Company, serving in the Pacific Theatre in World War II, and earned three Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead.

Upon his return from service, he married his sweetheart, Mary Bessler, on Valentine’s Day in 1946 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Enochsburg, and she preceded him in death June, 18, 2004. 

Hank worked and later retired from Hill-Rom. He was lifelong member of St. John’s Catholic Church and Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183. Hank also farmed and raised cattle on the family farm outside of Enochsburg. He loved to play euchre, watch "The Lawrence Welk Show" and root for the Cincinnati Reds.

Those surviving who will honor Hank’s memory include children, Dan (Ella) Laker, Enochsburg, Janice (Bruce) Meyer, Enochsburg, John (Bobbie) Laker, Pamplin, Va., Betty (Paul) Joyner, Indianapolis, Jim (Carol) Laker, Oldenburg, Connie (David) Main, Enochsburg, and Tom (Carolyn) Laker, Enochsburg; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Joanne Luttle, Greensburg. 

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, sister and one grandson.

Visitation is Monday, Feb. 24, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by the Rev. Bill Ehalt, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at St. John’s Catholic Church.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors provided by Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271 and the Batesville VFW post. The family requests memorial donations to the Franklin County Humane Society.

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