Henry “Happy Hank” Quien
June 2, 1936 - September 6, 2012
Visitation: Visitation will begin at 12:00pm Tuesday, September 11, with family present to greet friends from 6:00pm-9:00pm and a time of sharing to be held at 7:00pm in the chapel.
Service: A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at Anderson-Jones-Corcoran Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, SD. Visitation will begin at 12:00pm with family present to greet friends from 6:00pm-9:00pm and a time of sharing to be held at 7:00pm in the chapel.
Henry Elling “Happy Hank” Quien, 75 passed on September 6, 2012.
Hank was born June 2, 1937 in Canton, SD to Andrew and Ruby (Strand) Quien. He grew up in Canton, SD and graduated from Canton High School in 1956. He then entered the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1959.
Hank was united in marriage with Carol Waggoner on December 3, 1960. To this union they had four children. The couple resided in Sioux Falls, SD where Hank worked for Halde Plaster, Sweetman Construction, Greenlee and Meilman Packing Plants, Sioux Sports and Sears. Hank purchased the farm currently known as Happy Hank’s Furniture Barn in 1976 and opened for business in 1977. He worked many years and long hours with his sons to make the business successful. And how could anyone forget the phrase “I’m Happy Hank, and I want Your Business”. Hank retired in 1999. Hank moved to Arizona and enjoyed the sun, and golfing. He moved back to Sioux Falls in 2011 to be closer to his family.
Hank also loved sports, any kind and would watch them as often as he could. His tv channel was stuck on ESPN. He coached his children’s youth basketball teams over the years and got great enjoyment out of that. Hank was also involved with sports at a higher level as well (Traub Silo), YMCA basketball). He began his umpiring career in 1967 and retired in 1980. During that time, Hank was the Umpire-in-Chief for 5 Slow Pitch Regional Tournaments. In addition, he umped in the following National Tournaments: 1974 Men’s 16” in Marshalltown, IA; 1976 Men’s 16” in Sioux Falls, SD; and 1977 Men’s Major 12” in Cleveland, OH. From 1975-80, Hank served as State Slow Pitch Umpire-in-Chief. As Umpire-in-Chief, he started conducting clinics for umpires across the state, putting on at least 15 clinics each year. He also instrumental in supporting Women’s Softball in Sioux Falls, SD. Hank was inducted in to the SDASA Hall of Fame in 1985. What a great honor and accomplishment that was for him. Hank was also involved with Elk’s Club, Sertoma, and the American Legion.
Grateful for having shared his life are his children, Mike Quien, Mitch (Kathy) Quien, Melanie (Eric) Hayman, Marisa Quien; honorary son, Darin (Rebecca) Corcoran; 7 grandchildren; Blake, Zach, Jersey, Brooke, Brock, Piper, and Blair; three sisters, Hazel Rogers, Mary McClung, Rachel Sundvold; a brother, Jim Quien; and ex-wife and mother of his children, Carol Quien. Preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jack; and nephew, Andy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Tiger Nation Athletic Foundation, P.O Box 479, Harrisburg SD, 57032.
A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at Anderson-Jones-Corcoran Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, SD. Visitation will begin at 12:00pm with family present to greet friends from 6:00pm-9:00pm and a time of sharing to be held at 7:00pm in the chapel.www.harrisburgchapel.com