Henry Harold Hedtke, age 80, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in San Antonio, TX. He was born, Oct. 18, 1931, on the family farm located at that time in Cabeza, TX, to Henry August Hedtke and Hedwig Emma Krietsch Hedtke. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Nordheim. His family later farmed in Runge, TX and it was there, working alongside his family, he developed his exemplary work ethic which served him well throughout his life. He attributed his passion for reading and joy in solitude to time spent alone while standing watch over the family’s cattle. He graduated from Runge High School, fondly remembering his glory days as quarterback for the football team. He briefly attended Texas Lutheran College, but earned Bachelors of Science and Business Administration degrees from Texas College of Arts & Industries in Kingsville, TX. He served in the Army-66th AAA Missile Battalion at Fort Hancock, NJ from 1953-55. Harold worked briefly for the United Gas Pipeline Co. and Continental Oil Co. before devoting 29 years to Pfizer Labs (Division of Pfizer, Inc.) as a pharmaceutical salesman in Denver, CO. He later worked briefly for Denver Surgical Supply, Co. He spent his retirement years in San Antonio lovingly caring for his mother, pursuing his passion for family genealogy and eagerly lending a helping hand to his friends and family. Harold was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister, Lorene Hedtke Travis; daughters, Stefanie Wight and husband Jim and Melissa Hedtke of Denver; grandchildren, Courtney and Tommy Wight; numerous nieces and nephews and devoted friends. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 28th, 9:30am at Babcock Road Christian Church, 6316 Babcock Rd., San Antonio, TX. Harold’s wish to return home to Runge, a place filled with memories of a simpler time and way of life with loving parents and extended family, will be honored with his internment at the Runge City Cemetery following the memorial service.