Today we lost a great man, Harry Alfred Ernst Hornickel. He died on December 29, 2020 at the age of 98. Harry was born in Saxony, Germany on November 6, 1922 to Alfred and Clara Hornickel. He immigrated to the United States when he was a year old. He grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and attended South High School.
He enlisted in the Navy and was on the ship LST 695 when it was torpedoed and he was injured, receiving the Purple Heart. He came home from the Navy, and married the love of his life, Lucille Berg, who he had known for years.
He worked for Mortensen Appliance in Riverton for many years. He was a television technician, a job he enjoyed. He then worked for the Post Office for many years before retiring.
He is survived by his two daughters, Penny (Virgil, Deceased) Knight, and Shelley (Dale, Deceased)
Grandpa will be missed. Shank, three grandsons, Jim (Natalie) Knight, Scott (Crystal) Shank, and Michael (Shanel) Shank. Eight Great Grandsons, Jaxon, Carson, Jayden, Mason, Braxden, Easton, Nico, Reign, and a very special friend, Della Stevens.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Clara Hornickel, his wife, Lucille, sister Leonie Klara Hornickel, brother Nephi Karl Hornickel, and sons-in-law, Dale Shank and Virgil Knight.
Funeral services were held privately by the family. Interment is at Memorial Redwood Cemetery 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah.
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Sorry to hear of Harry's passing. I worked with him for several months when I was new at the Post Office downtown. He was a pleasure to talk to. I got some of my electronic test equipment that I still play with from him. His business card is, and always be, on the wall in my shed. He was such a real, honest and loving person. I am pleased to call him a friend.