Major Seth Joseph Henke, a proud service member of the United States Army, passed away on May 23, 2023 after a valiant battle with cancer.
He was born on March 26, 1991 in Saint Louis, Missouri; son of Keevin Henke and Barbara Loeffler. He attended Lafayette High School graduating in 2009. He graduated from the University of Missouri Columbia in 2013, obtaining his Bachelors in Biological Engineering; during which he was a member of the ROTC program. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an Infantry Officer of the United States Army.
MAJ Henke lived to serve his country and did so with honor and integrity. MAJ Henke graduated from Ranger School, Airborne School, Pathfinder School, Air-assault School, Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course, Maneuver Captains Career Course, Basic Military Mountaineering Course, and Bradley Leader Course. MAJ Henke deployed to Iraq with 10th Mountain Division, as a Platoon Leader in 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team. After returning from his deployment, he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader in Battle hard Company and Mortar Platoon Leader in Hatchet Company, with 1st Battalion 3rd Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, in Arlington, Virginia. He was Platoon Tactical Trainer and Company Commander with Alpha Company, 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Airborne, and Ranger Training Brigade; where he trained the next line of Rangers. His last position of leadership was Commander of Blackfoot Troop, 6-1 CAV.
MAJ Henke’s awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation medal (3), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air-assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, German Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), and Canadian Jump Wings. MAJ Henke was also awarded the Order of Saint Maurice due to his continued dedication and service to the United States Army Infantry.
On February 25, 2023 MAJ Henke was united in marriage to Laken McKenzie Moore, who survives at their home in El Paso, Texas, with their fur baby Benjamin Moore Henke.
MAJ Henke is also survived by parents Keevin and Barbara, sister Sarah Henke, grandparents Kermit and Sharon Henke and many loving relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by grandparents Frederick and Agnes Loeffler.
Funeral services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery; date to be determined. This is where Major Seth Joseph Henke with be laid to rest; among his fellow servicemen and women.