Torger Anders Henckel

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Torger Anders Henckel

August 22, 1997 - September 21, 2019

Torger Anders Henckel Torger Anders Henckel
Torger Anders Henckel, 22, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, while pursuing his passion of hiking and rock climbing. He was born Aug. 22, 1997, in Viroqua, to Gregg and Nancy (Van Kirk) Henckel. He was baptized and confirmed at English Lutheran Church in Viroqua. He graduated from Luther High School in 2015 and was completing his final semester at South Dakota School of Mines, pursuing a degree in mining engineering. He had accepted a job offer in Tucson, Ariz., with Freeport McMoRan as a mining engineer.
Torger competed collegiately in both Mine Rescue and Mining and Mucking. Mining and Mucking is an international collegiate team competition in traditional mining skills. He participated in the International Championship all four years, while in college. His high point was when his team became world champs in Cornwall, England, clinching the overall championship for SDSM&T with his gold in surveying.
He loved skiing, hiking, rock climbing, but mostly just being in God's creation, enjoying it and appreciating what the Lord has given us. He was an excellent skier. While hiking, his explanations of rock formations could amaze. And then he would be off, climbing and jumping from rock to rock.
His greatest passion, which he shared with his family, was his faith. He lived it. His saving faith was both strong and easily shared with others. He is now with his Lord in heaven.
Torger is survived by his parents; brother, Dietrich (Ashley) Henckel; sisters, Marit (Zachary) Brown and Annika Henckel; and his grandfather, Ray Carlson. He is also survived by his uncle, Steven (Susan) Van Kirk; aunts, Valorie (Mitch) Leakey, Paula (John) Ledgerwood and Lynn Carlson; along with many cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Wanda Henckel and Richard and Jane Van Kirk; and cousin, Richard Van Kirk.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service, Saturday, Oct. 5, at English Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 741 N. East Ave., Viroqua. The funeral service is at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please contact the church about memorial information. To plant a tree in memory of Torger Anders Henckel, please visit Tribute Store.
Published on October 1, 2019
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Oct 03, 2019
Garden To Go Basket was purchased for the family of Torger Anders Henckel.  Send flowers
Colleen and Bruce Volkmann
Oct 03, 2019
Blessed be Torger's memory. Our love & prayers are with you all.
Steven Van Kirk
Oct 02, 2019
Peaceful White Lilies Basket was purchased for the family of Torger Anders Henckel by Steven Van Kirk.  Send flowers
Johnson
Oct 02, 2019
What a beautiful, brilliant young man. Though I know he will mount up with wings like eagles... there is such a deep sadness in this loss. Many mourn with you, and may his spirit comfort you.
SD Mines Campus Safety
Oct 01, 2019
Our thought's and prayers go out to Torger's entire family and all of his friends during this extremely difficult time. He will be missed on our campus. Rest in Peace.
Bill and Cathy Brice, Atlanta, GA
Sep 30, 2019
Dear Gregg and Nancy and the entire Henckel family, we've never met but we wanted to tell you just sorry we are about Torger. We were visiting Sylvan Lake Lodge in Custer, SD last week. When we tried to hike the Black Elk Peak trail on Monday a park ranger told us about the search operation and that the trail was closed. Since then we've not stopped thinking about Torger and praying for him, for you and for your whole family. Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences, know that we are thinking about you and are and will be praying for all of you this week and especially this coming Saturday. May the Lord God give you comfort and strength both now and always. God bless you al...l. Bill and Cathy Brice, Atlanta, GARead more
Pamela Vig
Sep 30, 2019
I am so sorry to read this on Facebook. I did not know Torger, but knew the family well after having his siblings in my classroom and worked with his mom as a volunteer. My sincere sympathy goes out to your family.