(28 July 2012) The St. Louis Business Aviation community recently lost one of their longest running members, John Henke, who passed away on July 1, 2012. John was a member of the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) for nearly 40 years, and served as president to the association three times. In addition, he served as Chair of GSLBAA’s Business Aviation Annual Memorial Open (BAAMO) golf tournament, which benefits GSLBAA Educational Foundation and Wings of Hope.
John was a pilot for nearly 50 years and served numerous companies including Anheuser-Busch, Joe Scott, and Crown Diversified Holdings, a company he co-owned. In addition to his role at GSLBAA, John was an active member of the Quiet Birdman, Missouri Pilots Association, Greater St. Louis Flight Instructions Association, FAAST Team Representative, DA-20 Pilot Proficiency Examiner, the CAF Missouri Wing and the American Legion of Chesterfield.
“John was one of our most beloved members and an influential member of the St. Louis and business aviation community as a whole,” said Jeremy Cox, Vice President of JetBrokers Inc., and Vice President of GSLBAA. “We are saddened to lose him, and he will be greatly missed.”
John is survived by his wife Donna Rae Henke (Hopper), his sons John (David) and Nicholas Henke, as well as three brothers and three sisters. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Press by Alicia Pyatt