Henry Gordon Fields, Jr. walked on peacefully to his Lord & Savior Jesus' side in the twilight hours of January 30, 2019, at his home in Petoskey.
Henry, known to many as Hank, was born August 23, 1948, to the late Henry Gordon Sr., and Anna Priscilla (Kesick) in Petoskey. He was a proud member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa-Chippewa Indians.
Hank graduated from Petoskey High School in 1966 and worked for Michigan Bakeries until he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1968. He proudly served his country as a Fuel System Specialist and was stationed for one year with the 315 cams unit at Phan Rang Air Base, Vietnam from Jan.4th, 1969 through Jan. 4th, 1970. He later crossed-trained as an Electronic Technician at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, Illinois.
He began his career with the FAA in 1976 at the Pellston Regional Airport, later transferring to the Chippewa County Airport in Sault Ste. Marie, MI and returned to Pellston until his retirement in 2003 after 36 years of Federal service.
Hank married his childhood sweetheart, Virginia (Gene) McClellan in 1968 and together they raised their two sons, Hank III, and Aaron Patrick. Although divorced, they've remained close throughout the years.
Hank will be best remembered for his love of music. He was a talented musician and singer who could play any instrument he picked up, notably the acoustic and electric guitars and piano/keyboard. He taught both his sons and nephew, Cary Field, the importance of learning how to play musical instruments.
Hank played in several rock and roll bands from the age of 14, until he gave a rousing final performance in 2018 with the band TNT, and officially retired from his musical career. Hank had another passion that many family members fondly remember. At every family gathering, Hank was always looming in the background with his video camera rolling or taking still pictures. He would transfer his videos to a VHS or DVD for future viewing and ensured that all who wanted a copy, received one.
Hank is survived by his two sons, Henry Gordon III, and Aaron Patrick Fields and his ex-wife Gene.
Also, surviving is Hank's best friend, soul mate, and sweetheart, Sandra (Dennis) Mathews of Petoskey.
Hank's surviving siblings: Robert (Norma), Maurice (Sara), Judy, Eileen (David) Dennis, Dorla (Kevin) McPeak and Colleen (Ricky). His loving aunt, Joyce Jensen along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friend, Paul Schmidt.
Greeting Hank on those streets of gold are his parents: Henry and Anne; siblings: Gary, Pricilla, and Ed Liest; niece Jaimee; along with many other family and friends.
A celebration of Hank's life and memorial will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 11:00 AM at the Greensky Hill Methodist Church, 8484 Greensky Hill Rd., Charlevoix, MI. Reverend Sam McClellan will officiate with a luncheon immediately following the service at the adjoining Susan Hall.
Condolences may be mailed to his sons at 10234 Maple Grove Rd., Charlevoix, MI, 49720 or posted online at Stone Funeral Home.
In honor of Hank: Love One Another Unconditionally, Help Those In Need and Always Honor Our Military Veterans.
Arrangements in care of Stone Funeral Home
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