Harry H. Meincke of Wantage Township, N.J., passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. He was 92.
Born to Herman John and Marie Adele Meincke in Jersey City, N.J., he had lived in Carlstadt, N.J., before moving to Wantage in 1963.
Harry served with the U.S. National Guard attaining a rank of Master Sergeant and winning awards for marksmanship. He worked as a plumber for Louis Walters and Son Plumbing and Heating in Wallington, N.J., before starting and operating his own business, Harry Meincke Plumbing and Heating in Wantage, retiring in the late ‘90s.
Harry was a lifetime member, past president and long-time secretary of the Sussex County Master Plumbers Association. He served on the Wantage Township Planning Board for many years. He was a man of many talents, renovating the homes he lived in, working on his vehicles, and enjoying the small farms he owned. He was a history buff especially of the American west and World War II. He loved living in the country, which he referred to as “Heaven on Earth,” ‘40s music, car rides, the sport of boxing, and joining open sings with Barbershop Quartets.
He survived by his devoted wife of 69 years, Joyce Meincke (nee Glock) of Wantage. He was the loving father of Elise Castner and her husband, James, of Wantage, Matthew Meincke and his wife, Shannon, of Montague, N.J., and Tracy Vanden Akker and her husband, Henry, of Wantage; proud grandfather of Mia, Evan, Elias, Leah, and Hope; and great-grandfather of Evalyn and Weston.
Harry is predeceased by a sister, Jean Meincke.
Private cremation services were under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home, Sussex, N.J. Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of your choice.