Henry L. (Hank) Suverkrup
|Posted 2019-02-10 by Judy Wight Branson|
|Camp Verde Bugle, Camp Verde, Arizona|
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Henry Suverkrup July 6, 1926 - August 26, 2018 Beloved husband, father,
grandfather, uncle, brother and friend.
Henry was born July 6, 1926 to Henry and Rose Suverkrup in Dubuque,
He graduated from the University of Dubuque with a BS degree in
Administration. He received his Masters in Administration at NAU, plus
33 post graduate doctoral hours at ASU.
He served in the Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga during
WWII and completed OCS for the U.S. Marines.
He married Frieda in 1953 and they moved to Yuma, Arizona, where he
became the superintendent of schools for the Crane School District from
Hank committed his life to education, the community, service
organizations and his career as superintendent of schools. If he had a
hobby it was reading
He worked tirelessly to build Crane School District from its original
one school up to three schools. He received the honor of one of the
schools being named the HL Suverkrup School.
He then became the director of operations, Phoenix, Arizona, for the
Greater Phoenix Curriculum and Instructional Developmental Services. He
was elected Superintendent of Schools, County of Yuma, Arizona from
Hank and Frieda left their home of 27 years in Yuma to accept the
position of Superintendent of Schools in Wickenburg, Arizona, from
After retirement, he did Certified Coaching for the Wallace
Foundation/Arizona State Department of Education, Supervised
Administrative Interns for NAU, became a Licensed Methodist Minister,
taught graduate classes in management, MBA, and public policy for
Webster University, University of Dubuque and Northern Arizona
Henry was highly respected as a professor and facilitator for his
method of open discussion; encouraging students to engage and learn
from each other, finding common ground and respect even though they had
Even up until the age of 92, he held a Bible study twice a week. Some
of his other leadership positions are as follows: Domestic Violence and
Addiction Certification, two terms Wickenburg Governing Board, Arizona
State Personnel Commission, Reality Therapy-Certified Counselor
Trainer, listed in Who’s Who Among Educational Administrators, Inducted
into the Yuma County Educators Hall of Fame and Appointed Board Member
and President of the Wickenburg Wellik Foundation.
President of the following organizations: Wickenburg Rotary Club,
Arizona School Superintendents, Arizona County School Superintendents,
Yuma Fine Art Association and Board of Directors of the Yuma Chamber of
He rode his bicycle across his home state of Iowa, twice, as part of
Ragbrai, the 479-mile race across Iowa. His number one thing in life
was being a public servant and he wouldn’t have been able to accomplish
that without the support of his wife, Frieda. He was also a faithful
husband and father.
Henry is survived by his children, Troy Suverkrup and Kim (Max) Wennet;
and his two grandsons, Troy Wennet and Tyler (Alexa) Wennet. He was
also an uncle to Cheryl (Bob) Esmail and daughter Emily.
Henry passed away at home in Cottonwood, Arizona, at age 92, among
family and four days before Frieda and Hank’s 65th wedding anniversary.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Frieda Suverkrup, his
sister Betty Morgan and her husband Ken.
Services will be held in Dubuque, Iowa, at Saint John’s Lutheran Church
where Henry was baptized and confirmed. In lieu of flowers please make
donations to Hank Suverkrup Scholarship Fund, 6792 E. Telegraph Street,
Yuma, AZ 85365.
Condolences may be sent in care of Greer’s Mortuary of Sedona, 2725 W.
SR 89 A, Sedona, AZ 86336.
Information provided by survivors.
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