Family - I married Jane Ragsdale in 1962. We have no children but have always had cats. (We have 2 now)

Work - I have worked on a wide range of computing projects for laboratories, wholesalers, manufacturers, artists. I still do some web site work although I am "mostly" retired.

Recreation- I still race sailboats as well as bike, mtn. bike, x-country ski, downhill ski, rollerblade, ice skate, play volleyball.
Jane was a regular part of my sailing team for many years. We still bike, mtn. bike and ski together.

We have gone biking in Europe at least a dozen times and have biked in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, France, England, Scotland, Ireland. We have biked in several of these countries numerous times. We spend most of our bike touring time in the mountains and countryside and not alot around cities and built up areas. We wander from place to place with no pre-arranged plan. Often we don't know what countries we will bike in until the day we ride into them. It was a really big thrill to ride into Czechoslovakia shortly after the border first opened with no plan whatsoever. Pictures from a few of our trips are here: http://webpages.charter.net/jhenkel/bike.htm     (Look under "Bike Trips")

We have also traveled the U.S. and Canada extensively and backpacked in many places from The Smoky Mountains to The Canadian Rockies.
Peter Wolfe has hosted us on ski outings in ME, NH, VT. We have skied many areas of Colorado as well as The Canadian Rockies, Italy and Austria.

 

Wisconsin High School

60th Reunion - September 17, 2020

 

BIO:        Jim Henkel

 

Received:  September 2, 2020

 

Family - I married Jane Ragsdale in 1962. We have no children but have always had cats. (We have 2 now)

Work - I have worked on a wide range of computing projects for laboratories, wholesalers, manufacturers, artists. I still do some web site work although I am "mostly" retired.

Recreation- I still race sailboats as well as bike, mtn. bike, x-country ski, downhill ski, rollerblade, ice skate, play volleyball.

Jane was a regular part of my sailing team for many years. We still bike, mtn. bike and ski together.

We have gone biking in Europe at least a dozen times and have biked in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, France, England, Scotland, Ireland. We have biked in several of these countries numerous times. We spend most of our bike touring time in the mountains and countryside and not a lot around cities and built up areas. We wander from place to place with no pre-arranged plan. Often, we don't know what countries we will bike in until the day we ride into them. It was a really big thrill to ride into Czechoslovakia shortly after the border first opened with no plan whatsoever.

We have also traveled the U.S. and Canada extensively and backpacked in many places from The Smoky Mountains to The Canadian Rockies.

Peter Wolfe has hosted us on ski outings in ME, NH, VT. We have skied many areas of Colorado as well as The Canadian Rockies, Italy and Austria.

Jane died on 12/11/07 after a long bout with liver cancer.  She did very well in her battle and was still actively biking a few weeks before she died.

In 2009 I met Joyce Kupres at a wine tasting.  We talked about biking and I helped her find a bike.  We started biking together, etc.  She took up downhill and cross-country skiing.  After a few years of maintaining separate homes we moved in together in Fitchburg WI.

 We did a bike trip to Germany and Czech Republic in the unplanned style that Jane and I had traveled in.  Since then we have done two organized European bike trips.  One from Prague to Budapest and one in the Tuscany region of Italy including Florence and Rome.  We have biked around WI, CO, ID, NH, ME, Canadian Rockies and Vancouver.  We have been cross country skiing in WI and have been to Colorado downhill skiing several times.

I have drifted away from sailboat racing.  Joyce and I still bike, ski, skate and we will get back to traveling when the Covid-19 situation improves.