Obituary of Henry C. Huneken
Huneken, Henry C. 97 yrs old of Southampton, NY, formally of East Meadow, NY passed away on Sunday May 26,2019. Born in Germany February 2, 1922, he came to the United States in 1926 with his parents, the late Bernhard Huneken and Henny (Koerner) Huneken. He was raised in Ridgewood and Glendale Queens. After high school Henry was employed by Sinclair Refining Company before enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1942. Drafted into the U.S. Army in July 1944 to fight WWII in the pacific. He was assigned to the 307th Regiment of the 77th Infantry Division as a rifleman. After the war he married the girl 'next door', Ursula Barzak. They were married 71 years until her passing in June of 2018.They had 3 children together. He spent his life as a Fuller Brush man in the 1950's, a cabinetmaker, a carpenter and a building inspector.
Henry loved playing the harmonica, gardening, boating, fishing and even into his eighties continued to build miniature boats, dollhouses and dollhouse furniture. After retirement he became a permanent resident of Southampton, where he had built a summer home in 1959. When Henry was in his early 80's, he was contacted by several people who wanted to interview him for a documentary about Okinawa and friend Desmond Doss, the Seventh Day Adventist and medic who refused to carry a gun. As a result of these interviews Henry was invited to return to Okinawa and reconnect with some of the other surviving soldiers he served with. Many of his recollections were portrayed in the documentary and again in the movie 'Hacksaw Ridge'. For his service he was awarded many medals, including the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon w/ four Battle Stars and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/ Battle Star. He is survived by his three children, Robert (Nancy), Linda (Patrick McAdam), and Kenneth . Six grandchildren- Melissa (Stuart Brown), Susan, Kristen (Peter Foster), Deborah (Carl Brandl), Jason (Nicole), and Robert Jr. (Crystal). Five Great grandchildren-Mason, Henry, Blake, Gabrielle and Ellie. Also step granddaughter Tracey (Ian Doull) and their three children, Fiona, Alec and Cameron. services held June 3, 2019 at Brockett Funeral Home Southampton with
Military Service at Calverton.
Henry was always very proud of his service to his country and will be greatly missed by all.