Henry F. VancikJuly 24, 1926 ~ February 16, 2017 (age 90)
Henry "Hank" Vancik, age 90, of Clarkston, Washington was promoted to Glory on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
Hank was born in Jourdanton, Texas on July 24, 1926 to Frank and Anne (Manna) Vancik. He completed the eighth grade before joining the USNavy to defend our country in WWII, May 1, 1942.
In 1946, he married Verlie Margaret Corson in Los Angeles, California. After his release from active duty in 1947, having earned the rank of Boatswain's Mate First Class, Hank and Verlie lived in various places in the USA but settled in Sunnyside, Washington in 1954 to raise their family.
Hank was a talented civil engineer as well as a very competent farmer. He also took a position as assistant manager at the Roza Irrigation District in 1961. He was promoted to manager of the Roza in 1966 and remained as such until his retirement from the Roza in 1982.
In 1985 Hank was called to put his irrigation engineering skills to work for Harza of Chicago in Pakistan, upgrading an irrigation system initially constructed in the early 1900s by the British Empire.
In 1990, Hank and Verlie moved to Clarkston, Washington where they made their final home together.
Hank is survived by his children Bill (Deb) Vancik of Electric City, Washington and Maggie (Vincent) Argiro of Salt Spring Island, BC Canada. He is also survived by one grandson, 3 great grand children and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in to Glory by his wife Verlie, his parents, and his one brother and two sisters.
Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, WA. Graveside Service with Military Honors will be Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, WA. Those wishing to sign Hank’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Homes in care of arrangements.