Lloyd Amos Henke died on Oct. 7. He was 88.

He was born in Rochester, Minn., the eldest of four children born to Amos and Lela Henke. He grew up in Rochester and graduated from Mankato State University with a degree in physics and education and then earned a masters in education at Hamline University.

With great enthusiasm and patience, he practiced his vocation for more than 50 years across the U.S. and overseas in New Zealand, England and Canada. He moved to the Vineyard in the mid-1980s and retired from teaching at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in 2005. He enjoyed running into his former students on the street and exchanging a few words, remarking that those chance encounters really brightened his day.

He was a lifelong amateur radio enthusiast and communicated with people around the world and, more recently, with his friends on the morning and afternoon radio nets. This schedule gave him purpose every day.

An active member of the community, he served on the Oak Bluffs personnel board, the Council on Aging board and was a library trustee. He was often seen on his daily walks around town and enjoyed trying his hand at ballroom dancing.

Lloyd is survived by his son Clayton and daughter in law Kenda of Oak Bluffs; his grandsons Cameron and Colin; his sister Donna-Lee Sprenger of Brenham Tex.; and his brothers, Leland of Niobrara, Neb., and Steven of Rochester, Minn.

A memorial service is planned for the spring of 2023.

Memorial donations may be made to the Oak Bluffs Public Library or the American Parkinson’s Association.