Henry John “Hank” Markert of Caro, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Tuscola County Medical Care Community in Caro. Hank was born June 1, 1931, in Columbia Township, the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Maul) Markert. He grew up on the family farm in Unionville and graduated from Unionville High School with the Class of 1948. Shortly after graduation, Hank joined the U.S. Army where he served stateside as a radioman and was honorably discharged in 1955. He was united in marriage with the former Katie Russell on June 1, 1957, at Monitor Lutheran Church in Auburn, and the couple has been inseparable for over 61 years. Hank was employed for over 30 years with Bader Brothers in Reese and will be remembered as the man who could fix virtually anything. He continued assisting the Bader family even after his retirement in 2010, until his health declined earlier this year. Hank was a “John Deere Man”, through and through. He was also a gifted wood worker that specialized in bird houses. He and Katie enjoyed traveling, especially trips to Minnesota and Wisconsin to visit close friends. Hank and Katie were also blessed to have visited Europe in 1976 and spent many years working at the Music Festival in Frankenmuth. He was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Caro where he served 23 years as an elder and former chairman of the board of elders. Hank also sang with the church choir for many years and worked with Servant Event.
In addition to his beloved wife, Katie, Hank is survived by many dear friends and co-workers that became family through the years. In addition to his parents, Hank was preceded in death by his siblings: Carl, John and Alex Tripple, Dorthea Willson, Elizabeth Kruse, Robert, Edward and Otto Horst, Ida Willson, Alex, Fred, Christian, Henry and Emily Horst, Marie Geiger, Kathryn Weber, Sophie Barrigar, Emma Nixon, John Markert, Fred Markert, Amelia Bolzman, and Anna Dahlberg.
In keeping with Hank’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Caro with Rev. Cameron Steele officiating. The family will be present to receive friends at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to St. Paul Lutheran Church. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.