Rodney Henke

rodney henke

April 27, 1966 ~ July 25, 2022

Born in: Hackensack, New Jersey
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

If you would like, please wear a Harley Davidson t-shirt in memory of Rodney.

Everyone is invited after for food and celebration at El Gabacho Tex Mex Grill 2408 W Abram St.  Arlington, TX 76013.

In lieu of flowers, we are asking for continued donations to Rodney’s Go Fund Me site to  help the family. Please consider going to give blood at your local blood donation center to honor Rodney’s memory.

Rodney was born in Hackensack, NJ to Joyce and Ron Henke.  Later his family relocated to Dallas.

When Rodney was first introduced to sports in Texas, he was a stand out  in football and track and field.  The friendships he made playing sports still last til this day.  He was known to be the tough guy in Duncanville High School.

Rodney worked in the trade show industry for many years with his parents, brother and many friends.  He was known across the country and the industry as a trusted and skilled rigger.  He was not known for being on time or answering his phone.  He was a member of Local 491 Carpenters Union and the Decorators Union Local 756.

Rodney was rich with friends from all over the country who he would see in his work travels. He took beautiful photographs of the scenery in his travels and bought A LOT of Harley Davidson t-shirts.  He tried to get one from every city he visited.

Paulette and her son Michael came into Rodney’s life in 1988 and made him a father.  Rodney’s pride in being Michael’s father could only be overshadowed by his love of being “Papa Rod” to his five grandchildren.  Whenever Rodney was not traveling he could often be found watching the grandkid’s sporting events.  His grandchildren were the light of his life.

Rodney loved his family. He was the big brother, proud uncle and great uncle.  He “came with jokes” and a smile on his face.  He had a positive attitude and a kind heart.  He was an animal lover, and animals seemed to love his gentle spirit and gravitate to him. He was most happy when he was trying to make someone else happy by giving or helping.  He loved to decorate for Halloween and Christmas – the bigger the better.

As Rodney would say, “Who would have thought…….” Paulette and he decided to be each others forever in 2019.   He wanted Paulette to have whatever she wanted to make her happy.  Their love story is long and winding, and they had big laughs together and big plans for their forever future together.

Rodney passed away peacefully with his forever, Paulette, by his side at 56 years old.

Rodney is survived by:

His wife and “forever” Paulette Deatherage;

His son Michael Deatherage and his wife Leslie;

His grandchildren: David, Riley, Larry, Chris, and Sammy Deatherage;

His three sisters Renee Underwood, Melissa Killebrew and her husband Keith, Stacy Maiden and her husband Chris;

His brother Greg Henke and his wife Melanie;

His brothers & sisters in law Steve and Kelley Karnes; Larry and Shelley Karnes

His nieces and nephews – Lauren Sellers and her husband Evan and their son Ben; Aubreyanna Underwood, Kyle Underwood and his wife Bryttne,  Alicia Maiden and her husband Zach, Brianna Maiden and her son Jace, Brandon Maiden and Keegan Killebrew, Shayla and her husband Kole Karnes, Emily Sparks, Tanner Sparks, Harli Karnes, Luke Gunter

His mother & father in law Mary & Garry Windle.

His dog Penny, many loving friends and a large extended family of people he loved.


Public Visitation: July 31, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


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  1. CandleImageThankful for the time I had with the original, hilarious one. I promise to watch over Paulette, Michael and all those grandkids. Love you!

  2. The best Dad anyone could ever ask for. My heart is so broken but I know you are no longer in pain. Dad I will continue to make you proud. Until we meet again. I love you so much. Gone way to soon but never forgotten. Rest easy Dad

    • Love you broski!!!! Your dad was a great man. Rodney always had a heart of Gold and a forgiving soul. As long as I’ve ever known Rodney which has been over 30 years. He always thought of you as his son and loved you and Paulette and his grandkids more than life itself.
      Love you Rodney you will forever be missed!!

      • Rodney you were the best I know you loved Paulette and Michael and all the kids we loved you so and so proud to call you our son in law. RIP

  3. CandleImageI am so sorry May Go bless him and his family and friends.
    Rodney watch over us
    Your friend

  4. CandleImageYou were the best friend anyone could ever have. We will miss everything about your smiling face, quick humor and sarcasm. Rest easy my friend, we will meet again! Terry & Lynda Folts

  5. CandleImageI’m glad to say you were my grandpa. It made me happy you came to the football games and the cross country/track meets and I appreciated it and enjoyed it. Thank you for everything and you will never be forgotten. I love you.

  6. CandleImagePaulette and Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss! We really wish we could have met Rodney in person. We heard so many awesome things about Rodney that I am sure we would have loved him as much as we love you Paulette! Please know that we are just a phone call away and we will have all of you in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time! God may have took Rodney home to soon when his work on earth was not done but he had other plans that none of us will understand. Sending love, hugs and prayers!

  7. Words can’t explain the friendship we shared over the years. You were always ready and willing to do whatever I needed you to do , in any capacity.Saying I’m goin to miss you would be an understatement. Friends like you don’t come often , so as we called each other.
    “MY PEOPE” Rest In Peace
    Leo Sims

  8. CandleImageI remember Rodney the most when him and the rest of the cousins would come out to New Jersey for vacation! Those were my best memories…
    I got to see him a few years back when he was in Indiana and we went to the Harley Shop, for a shirt! We looked at old photos and talked about memories.

  9. God’s speed Rodney. RIP. You were a good man and great friend. You will be missed. I’ll always remember you going out of your way to take me to the Harley dealers to get my shirts. I still have them .Great guy to work and hang out with. God bless and see you on the other side.

  10. CandleImageWe love you and miss you so much already Uncle Rod. I am blessed for the time we had but saddened by how short it was cut. I find peace knowing that you are in a better place, and that you are not alone. Please give Nanny and Papa a big hug for me 💕

  11. CandleImageI know that we’re all very grateful for the time spent with you and all of the great memories. We miss you so much already and I know that you’re looking over us from above. Thank you for all of the good times. Rest in peace uncle Rod, we all love you so much.

  12. CandleImagePaulette, Rodney n I were roommates, best friends for years n have went through so much together n I am sorry I can’t be there by your side Paulette, but I hope you know I am only a ph call away if u need me. Rodney was taken from you n all who loved him way to soon n will be missed so much by so many. This isnt Goodbye, its Until we meet again. R.I.P. old friend! I love you polli poo n I’m keeping you n all of yours n Rodney’s families n friends in my thoughts n prayers.

  13. Theresa Edwards Shipman
    Praying for your families.
    Such a kind and funny friend from
    Way back when…

  14. My brother I had so much fun working with him.a truly good friend anyone could ask for.he and I had a lot in common we love our Harley and our Harley will be you brother.this is not a good bye.this is a see you later.

  15. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Rodney was a childhood friend from junior high and high school… he was a great guy, a good friend and he will be missed. ❤️

  16. CandleImageHaaaaaaaay Roooooood!
    You were a great Panther athlete, buddy (fellow knucklehead), room mate and man!

    I’ll forever hold memories of you and your ever present smile and good cheer!

    Thank you for being my friend! DHS Class of 1985 was better with you in it!

    RIP Brother!

  17. CandleImageMy sweet brother, I miss you already! I can’t imagine my life without you here. I know mom and dad and all of your angels are in heaven waiting to welcome you. I will love you always and forever. May you rest in peace 💕

  18. CandleImageTo our sweet nephew and wonderful cousin.
    Although we didn’t see each other often,
    our love for you runs deep.

    Childhood memories of you at christmas waiting to see what santa brought you while seeing your infectious smile and your gentle and kind ways, watching you with your siblings
    at nanny’s house on her front
    lawn making pyramids with your cousins Michael, Craig, Shawn and Marci
    and seeing you at Aunt Pats on Christmas brought us more good memories.

    Although we didn’t see you often we were always family and where always there for one another.

    Our hearts are heavy, and yet we know you’re at peace with your mom and dad and the rest of the family. Have a safe trip Rodney we will never forget you.
    Your Family in N.J.

  19. It was a blessing when our Family met your Family!!! We had lots of laughs when we’re young and hanging out!!! RIP brother you are home now 🙏🏻🙏🏻 For Family

  20. CandleImageI miss you so much dad. I hope you know how much I love you and and extremely thankful you chose to be my dad. 😢

  21. To my brother

    We are sad and sorry we can’t be with you today, I will always hold on to our memories, the ones that are so dear. From the times we were young, laughing and playing all day, to all the times I’ve watched you love and care for so many throughout the years. Your giving heart, and your smile that could light up a room and make all the sorrow go away. You were the one that always held family so near and dear to your heart. We wouldn’t be who or where we are without you. Your guidance and the special ways you expressed your love for all, we will always hold close to our hearts. I know mom and dad were always watching down from above always so proud of you. Now you’re reunited with them amongst many other family and loved ones. You have left a legacy as there is no one quite like you. You were very SPECIAL in so many ways. We feel loss and sorrow but I know you will always be with us, by our side, step by step and that brings peace in so many ways. I know we have been truly blessed to have you as not only a brother but also a very special uncle for our son. We love you always and will miss you everyday.

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