Christopher “Chris” Henkel

December 25, 1971 ‒ July 23, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio
Formerly of Galion, Ohio

Christopher “Chris” Henkel, 48 of Mansfield and Galion native passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020.

He was born December 25, 1971 in Galion and was the son of Russell M. and Janet (Rinehart) Henkel who survive in Galion.

Chris attended Pioneer Joint Vocational where he studied carpentry. He graduated from Galion High School in 1990. Chris worked hard as a self-employed carpenter. He enjoyed model cars, working and restoring cars and motorcycles and attending car shows and races. Chris loved spending time with his family and especially his grandson.

In addition to his parents, Chris is survived by daughter, Marissa (Marcus) Blair of Galion; grandson Mac Blair; brothers Russell W. (Lana) Henkel of Boiling Springs, North Carolina and Jeffery A. (Brandy Daley) Henkel of Republic, Ohio; four nephews, Jeremy, Jonathan, Wesley and Brannon Henkel; maternal grandmother Helen Rinehart of Galion; several aunts, uncles, cousins and a special friend, Ruth.

There will be a graveside service at Iberia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Chris Henkel, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • Chris, why did you leave us? We are heart broken. I remember when you were born. I went to your graduation, and wedding. You will be sorely missed, cousin.

  • Chris (cuz)
    Cassandra, Amandah and I will miss you dearly and all your hugs and talks we had. You were always there to help us and treated my girls like your own. Wish we could have went canoeing last weekend. Love you and hope you RIP! We will miss you!

  • Russ and Lana, Jonathan and Jeremy,
    We are so sorry for your loss Praying for the family.

    Melvin and Joan

    Friends boiling Springs N C

  • I miss you already Chris you were a great friend and we always had a good time and lots of laughs when we got to gether . I just can’t believe this . I just talked to you a few weeks ago about bringing my son over to see your motorcycles you built

  • I am devastated by the news! I will miss you. I love my cousins , each and everyone of you. Love to my family

  • Our heartfelt sympathy to the Henkel Family. May the Peace of our Lord be upon you all as you heal from this great loss.

  • My prayers and condolences goes to his family and friends. He was a few grades behind me in school. So sorry for your loss.

  • Russ, Lana, Jeremy and Jonathan, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and healing for the entire extended family.😢🙏🏻❤️

  • Prayers going out to the whole family. I’ve known Chris from kindergarten all the way to our senior year. He was the 1st person other than Jesus to have his birthday day on Christmas that I’ve known.

    Your all in my thoughts and prayers
    Darcy (Windbigler) Riddle

  • My condolences mr. And mrs. Henkel and Russ and Jeff I am sorry for your loss and he is one heck of a kind guy he was lovable he was a best friend that I’ve ever had and I miss him a lot and prayers going to you Chris you will be missed. Rest in peace my friend and I will see you on the other side.

  • Dear Janet and family – So very sorry to learn of the loss of your son Chris. You have our sympathy at such a painful time. Rob & Becky Miller

  • Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to your family. You were such a wonderfull person to everyone. You could fix just about anything. You will truly be missed by everyone. God is with you.

  • To the entire Henkel family, I am so very sorry for your precious loss … you are all in my thoughts, heart and prayers… Lots of hugs sent your way

  • Russ and Janet and family, we are sorry to hear about the loss of your son. May God be with you during this terrible time. May Chris rest in peace. Thinking of all of you.

  • Russell and Janet….
    May God you through this difficult time…..And His everlasting peace be with you..
    The Family of Joan Morton Van horn…

  • Gonna miss texting in you, seeing you at cousins get togethers, and chatting it up about car builds… Rest In Peace dear cousin.

  • Sorry for your Loss, Chris was a great guy we were into cars and talked on the bus back and forth to Pioneer back in the day. I remember going to the VICA compition over at Tri-Rivers in Marion and getting snowed in, we drove back following each other the next day because the roads were so bad. I saw him last year at Porky’s at a cruise night, never would have guessed it would be the last time. He will be missed and was liked by everyone that knew him.

  • To my brother Chris. I miss you so much. I know we only got to see each other a few times a year because of where I live, but each time was very precious to me. I got to see your shining face and hear you laugh at Dads jokes. We would talk on the phone and it would feel great just talking to you. You had good advice for your family. You would do anything for anybody and you could fix anything. My heart is empty now because you are not here. All my tears the past few days are for you brother, because I love you so much. I will see you again in heaven some day, but until then I will miss you greatly. There is a great void in my life where you used to be. Rest In Peace my brother. I love you so very much.

  • Chris,
    I don’t know where to begin to tell you how upset I am to hear about you leaving us so soon, I’m extreamly shook up . You were one of my best friends to me, we Grew up together on the same block and were like brothers. Im sincerely gonna miss talking to you, hanging out in the garage talking about old times and working on cars. I sat around all weekend reminiscing, thinking about old times we spent doing fun stuff together. I just can belive your gone now, just dont seem possible…. If your looking down on us , just know that you will be greatly missed and I pray whatever happened to you that are in a better place now. RIP Chris! Janet and Russ , My deepest condolences go out to you and your family. Please know that if you ever need anything feel free to reach out to me. I know Chris would be happy to know that If you guys need something done I would be there to help.

    Stacy Moots

  • To the Henkel family-I am so so sorry for your loss-what a tragedy!! Chris will be missed by so many people-I really liked Chris-I an blessed to have known an talked to him at family birthday parties-an several times that I ran into him at Wally World-we had several long conservation-He always always had a big smile on his face-I have shed tears over this an those who know me know that I rarely cry-he is at rest now an we shall see him again someday-Sincerely Roberta Althauser

  • To The Henkel Family , Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We are so sorry for your loss.I’m not sure if you remember us or not we lived down the street from you on 7th ave.Chris and my son Rodney played together just about everyday .They would always be at your house taking their bikes apart and putting them back together .Rodney would go with Chris and help him with his paper route . We remember Chris has a very happy and comical boy we always enjoyed him being around.We are so saddened about his passing.Our memories of Chris will last our life time and he will be mentioned often as time goes on.

  • Janet and Russ & family:

    We are so sorry about your son’s death. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dreama and Loyd Caudill

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