Henry F. Thode III, 65, insurance salesman for Loomis Co., devoted father, avid golfer, cyclist

By on June 8, 2016

Henry “Hank” F. Thode III, of Lititz, passed away peacefully June 2, 2016 with his family by his side. He was 65.

He leaves behind his wife: Vicki Lynn (Roehm) Thode; son: Adam Ryan Thode MD; daughter-in-law: Joan (Brumbaugh) Thode MD; and granddaughter: Madelynn Henriette Thode. Additional family members include his sister: Libby Thode; step-mother: Jean (Nicklaus) Thode; step-brother: Mark Dunlevy; and beloved extended family, including Doug and Karen Roehm (Kelly, Paul, Alexis), Tom and Mary Roehm (Bryan, Adrienne, Jacquelyn, Brandon, Andrea), John and Karen Roehm (Daniel, Jennifer, Joseph, William), and Tim and Sue Roehm (Timothy, Robert).

Also preceding him in death are his parents: Henry F. Thode Jr. and Ruth (Critchlow) Thode; his father-in-law: Donald Roehm; and dear family friend: Charles Geisler.

Hank was born in Milwaukee, Wisc., on Christmas Day 1950. He grew up in Lancaster and attended McCaskey High School and West Nottingham Academy. He then attended Franklin & Marshall College, graduating in 1973 with a degree in business that he applied to a successful career in health insurance sales with The Loomis Co. for more than 30 years.

He never let his work come before his primary job as father, however, and he devoted himself to raising his son Adam. From coaching baseball during Adam’s early years at St. Leo’s, to hosting countless swimming parties in his backyard, to cycling the back roads of Lancaster County, to constructing the basement of their home, the two were as much best friends, as father and son. Hank was the best man in Adam’s wedding in 2012, and he never missed an opportunity to tell people how proud he was of his son’s accomplishments. There is no question that Hank also loved Joanie as his own daughter, a role he was more than happy to accept.

Hank met the love of his life and soulmate, Vicki (Roehm) Thode in 1976, and they married on Dec. 9, 1978. In their 40-plus years together, they were inseparable. Their love and respect for each other was readily apparent. Hank and Vicki loved the beach, boating, and spending quality time with friends and family. Over the past year, they enjoyed bragging about their first granddaughter, taking her on walks, and playing with her every chance they got. Her middle name is a homage to Hank, and “Pop Pop” was one of her first words.

He was also devoted to his extended family, particularly his four Roehm brothers-in-law who considered him one of their own. Always up for a competitive game or willing to lend a helping hand or listening ear, Hank was a best friend and a big brother figure to them all. He was an integral part of the tight-knit Roehm family and never missed a get together or the weekly guys night.

As loyal a friend as he was a brother, Hank enjoyed golf, game nights, trips, get-togethers, and shared his love of eating with many friends. He had a regular biking group and a breakfast club. Hank also made it a priority to get to know Adam’s friends as well, and welcomed many of Adam and Joanie’s college friends to his home for dinner.

An excellent golfer, Hank played competitively at Meadia Heights and later even held the course record at Bent Creek for a time. When back surgery pulled him from the golf course, he became an avid cyclist. He also loved to tinker with projects, was very handy and could fix just about anything.

Always one to exceed expectations, he lived over a year beyond what was predicted when originally diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. He endured the toughest chemotherapy regimen and later a clinical trial, all with class and grace, never once complaining about the hand he had been dealt. He not only accomplished his goal of seeing his first grandchild’s birth, but he enjoyed each moment up to Madelynn’s first birthday. He chose to live life to the fullest during that time, which inspired all those around him as he prioritized making lasting memories. Though cancer eventually took his body, it never once affected his indomitable spirit that will live on in the legacy of his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 2427 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, with the Rev. Peter I. Hahn as celebrant. Interment will be held privately at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Leo the Great School, 2427 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601; or to Franklin & Marshall College’s Putting It Together Community Service Program at the Ware Institute, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003.

To place a condolence online, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, handled the arrangements.

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