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Henry (Hank) A. Verwohlt

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On December 29, 2021 @ 1:10 pm In Obituaries | 15 Comments

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Henry (Hank) A. Verwohlt passed away December 20, 2021. Born March 6, 1945 in Lancaster  he was the son of Harold A. and Ruth Burris (Sanders) Verwohlt. Hank served in Vietnam with the US Navy from early 1963 to late 1966 and the Army National Guard and Air National Guard from 1986 to 2005. He received the New York State Defense of Liberty Medal from the 107th Air Refueling Wing and the National Defense Service Medal for exemplary service in New York City immediately after September 11, 2001. Hank’s name is on the Wall of Honor at Naval and Military Park, Buffalo in tribute to his service and sacrifice. He was a member of the Patriot Guard and enjoyed touring on his motorcycle.

Hank graduated from J.P.McCaskey High School, Lancaster in 1963 and received his bachelor’s degree from Trine (formerly Tri-State) University. Angola. He worked for Harrison Division of General Motors and retired as a Delphi Technologies employee.

Hank is survived by his wife Cheri (Sterling) Verwohlt whom he married on September 14, 1968, daughter Kathryn S. Verwohlt of Lockport NY, son Jason H. and wife Wendy of Naples FL. And grandchildren Leah J. and Hudson D. Verwolht, sister Kay Rath and husband Joel of Houston TX, sister Jane Berry and husband John of Topsham ME, mother in law June Sterling of Lancaster, brother in law James Sterling and wife Connie of Hernando Beach FL, brother in law Peter Sterling and wife Beth, brother in law David Sterling and wife Michele as well as two nieces, seven nephews and several cousins.

Relatives and friends may call on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 6-8 pm at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory 141 E. Orange St. Lancaster PA 17602 for a time of visitation. Please omit flowers. Memorials may be made to Fisher House Foundation Inc. which helps military families at www.fisherhouse.org; or Buffalo C.A.R.E.S Animal Rescue at www.buffalocares.org.

Condolences for the family of “Henry (Hank) A. Verwohlt”

Condolence from Jane V Berry on January 2nd, 2022 9:44 am

I fondly remember the laughter Hank provided as we grew up on State St. He went on to proudly serve his country for many years. From Maine, John and I send all our thoughts and love to Cheri, Jason, and Kathryn as they gather in Lockport and then Lancaster this week.

Condolence from Deborah Benson Everett, North Andover, MA on January 2nd, 2022 10:52 am

Dear Cheri, Kay, Jane and Families,

I send to you all my deepest sympathy regarding the death of Hank. While he was a bit younger than me, our families throughout our early lives were such good friends. Bethany Presbyterian was another mutual focus. In reading more about Hank’s later life, he was a really fine person–how fortunate you have had his presence over these many years. Just know I am keeping you close in my thoughts and prayers during this time of extreme loss.
Debbie Everett

Condolence from Dan Browning on January 2nd, 2022 12:37 pm

I haven’t heard Hank’s name since my childhood, but I remember him fondly. He was a few years older than me, and served as my unofficial big brother and protector when I started school. Back then, my mom determined that it was far too dangerous for a 5-year old to cross the daunting F&M campus to the relative safety of the Wharton Elementary playground all by his lonesome, so she enlisted Hank’s bodyguard services for me. I don’t actually recall any times when those particular skills were required, but I do remember that he was always kind to me, and actually looked after me as if i was his kid brother. His was a good heart. My condolences to his family.

Dan (once known as “Danny”) Browning

Condolence from Barbara Boxleitner Cochran on January 2nd, 2022 2:32 pm

Cheri, I was sorry to read of Hank’s passing. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. I lost my husband in April and it does take time to adjust to a whole new world. Take time to grieve, accept the support of family and friends, and take care of yourself. Thinking of you.

Condolence from Lynn Rittenhouse Allison on January 2nd, 2022 6:00 pm

Dear Cheri, Kay ,Jane and family,

I am truly saddened by your loss. Hank must have been a fine man. My memories of Hank are from growing up on State Street and living next door to the Verwohlt”s. I have fond memories of Hank and Inky, building an igloo after a snow storm, Christmas morning breakfasts and Hank and his buddies camping out in the backyard to name a few,
May your memories help you through this time of loss. God bless all of you.


Lynn Rittenhouse Allison

Condolence from Doris Rittenhouse on January 2nd, 2022 6:53 pm

Dear Kay and Jane.
I was saddened to read of the passing of Hank. Immediately my mind went back to 735 State Street and the many memories from the years rhe Rittenhouse and Verwohlt families were next door neighbors. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Peace and love,
Doris Rittenhouse

Condolence from Dennis Shalters on January 3rd, 2022 9:38 am

Cheri, and Famiy,

Sincere Sympathy from Dennis & Karen Shalters OLD TrI Stae freinds ! FromLevbanon, PA

Condolence from Kay Verwohlt Rath, Houston, TX on January 3rd, 2022 6:46 pm

As Hank’s “Big Sis” I had the opportunity for oh so many happy moments. He shared out Dad’s great sense of humor, and kept us all on our toes with his many antics as a kid. By the time I was in college he had truly grown up and, instead of antics, I was always pleased of the many times Mother told of him helping the “underdog” – his thoughtfulness of others.

We were so very fortunate to have had him in our lives- only sorry there were so many miles between us as he settled in Lockport, his sister Jane in Maine, and Joel and I seemed to move farther and farther from Lancaster. It was always a joy to get together again as we visited Mom and Dad in Lancaster – and we now treasure memories of recent times when the siblings (and spouses) met in diverse locals, despite how difficult travel was for Hank and Cheri.

Joel and I only wish Covid were not the issue it is so we could be with Cheri, Kathryn, and Jason at this time.

Hank will be missed – likely by far more people than we realize as his kindness touched the lives of do many.

Condolence from Dolly Rampulla on January 6th, 2022 2:06 pm

Kay, so sorry I can’t be there. I’m 94 years old but I have fond memories of you, Jane and Hank as a babysitter.

Condolence from jane on January 6th, 2022 3:19 pm

How nice of you to write. I remember the fun we had when you and Louie would babysit the three of us.

Condolence from Dolly Rampulla on January 10th, 2022 8:22 pm

So glad to hear from you, Jane! Your family meant a lot to me.

Condolence from Kay Rath on January 7th, 2022 11:55 am


How nice to see note from you. Talk about a voice from the past! Whenever I think of babysitters I think of “Dollie and Louie” – I can’t think that we ever had any better!

Condolence from Dolly Rampulla on January 10th, 2022 8:20 pm

It’s good hearing from you too! It means a lot to me. I thought a lot about your family. Please keep in touch. My daughter does any and all computer typing for me. You can use her email.


Condolence from Nancy Krous on January 4th, 2022 1:38 pm

Nancy Price Krous,
Thanks to Hank I have so MANY good memories of Wharton School. He definitely gave me many fond of
elementary school. I’m sure he went on to give many people in his life alot of laughs and good times. My own daughters have heard many fun adventures with Hank. He was a very special person

Condolence from Vickie (Victoria) Mowrer on January 11th, 2022 8:04 pm

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband.
I have been trying to find you and my search brought me to this place.
I think of you and Jim so often, and your mom. Those were the good old days.
My mom and dad both passed at the end of 2020.

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