Mr. John K. Henne, 88, of 332 W. Oak St., in Titusville, died peacefully, in his sleep, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at his home in Lynchburg, Va., where he had been living with his life-long friend, Todd Olsen, and Todd's loving family.
Mr. Henne was born on May 5, 1924, in Titusville, to George M. and Jeanette Kraffert Henne. Mr. Henne is a descendant of Jonathan Titus, for whom Titusville is named.
A graduate of Loomis Chafee Preparatory, Henne earned a sociology degree from Haverford College, in 1947, and a second degree (teaching) from Edinburgh University. He taught seventh- and eighth-grade English, and served as varsity golf coach in the Titusville public school system for 17 years. John remains revered by countless students from whom he expected great things and for whom he opened new worlds beyond Titusville.
In 2007, John was awarded an honorary doctor of education degree from Lynchburg College, in Virginia, in recognition of his generous and loyal support of Lynchburg College athletic programs and his continuing dedication and commitment to the education and enrichment of young people.
John Henne traveled the world, enjoying life-long friendships in all corners of the globe. However, no matter how far his travels took John, his heart and passion remained centered at 332 W. Oak St., his childhood home, in the city he revered.
In addition to travel, John was passionate about cars, the faster the better…
John shared his love for Titusville through life-long support of countless Titusville-based organizations that benefited from his financial support and personal vision.
John was a benefactor to more than 60 charities, including Titusville Area Hospital, the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville, Penn State The Behrend College, Clarion University, Haverford College, Lynchburg College and Drake Well Museum, which honors the world's first oil well.
Through philanthropy, John combined his passion for global travels and education. He was especially proud of the John Henne Study Abroad Endowment at Penn State The Behrend College, which helps support deserving students who wish to study internationally. He also started the John Henne Scholarship program for students from the Titusville Area School District who wish to continue their education after high school.
John was a member of First Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Henne was preceded in death by an adopted son, Auggie; and his brother, Joe Henne.
John is survived by nieces, nephews, his first cousin, Nancy Kraffert Russo, and her husband, Dr. Francis R. Russo, and the family of his life-long friend, Todd Olsen.
Friends may call at the Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home on Monday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted from First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, at 11 a.m., with Dr. Barry E. Cressman, officiating.
Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Drake Well Museum.
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