September 13, 1924 - June 29, 2011
Jack Reynold Hendrickson, Sr., passed away on June 29, 2011, at the age of 86. Strong in his faith, he died peacefully and is now reunited with his beloved parents, Reynold Alexander Hendrickson and Violet Victoria (nee Westlund) Hendrickson who passed away from TB when their only son was 7 years old.
A longtime resident of Birmingham, Michigan, Jack is survived by his dearly loved wife of 62 years, Audra Taft Smith Hendrickson, his four children, daughter Kim H. Leffler (Raymond) of Beaverdam, VA, and sons Jack R. “Reyn” Hendrickson, Jr. (Vivianne) of Ann Arbor, Peter E. Hendrickson (Doreen) of Commerce Township, and Rob S. Hendrickson (Rhonda) of Troy; his nine grandchildren, Andrew Leffler, Christina L. Matrone, Eric, Susan, Amitai, Kathryn “Katie”, Thomas “TJ”, Scott, and James Hendrickson, four step-grandchildren, Cheryl L. Wyer, Katie L. Edwards, and Isabella and Valentina Stackl, his sister, Nancy H. Garn of Las Vegas, Nevada, and his niece Lisa, and nephew Chris.
Born in Minneapolis, he moved as a teenager with his maternal grandparents to Michigan where he earned the Eagle Scout award. Jack was awarded the Purple Heart during his WWII service as a gunner in the HQ Tank Battalion of the 8th Armored Division (the Thundering Herd), Patton’s Third Army.
While attending MSU he took a summer job as a reporter on the Salt Lake Tribune where he met the love of his life, who was working on a rival newspaper. After their return to Michigan Jack was hired by D.P. Brother and Co. (later the Leo Burnett advertising agency) where he was VP of Merchandising on accounts including Oldsmobile and A/C Delco. He co-founded the Marcom agency, which produced advertising campaigns for a number of clients, including Buick.
A member of Mensa, Jack was awarded a PhD in Mass Communication and taught Advertising at MSU for two years. A naturally talented artist, he enjoyed sketching and was awarded patents for a revolutionary taillight design. A gifted writer, he wrote short stories and plays, and Jack and Audra co-authored three good-health cookbooks, and collaborated in the 1970s as “The Energy People” presenting print and broadcast information on energy alternatives. They received the UPI top award for Michigan radio documentary in 1977. Jack was the co-host, 1977 – 1979, for Southeast Michigan Easter Seal Telethon fund-raisers. He served two years as President of the 8th Armored Association, and as its Historian for five years.
Jack and Audra donated land and raised money to build the St. Anthony of the Desert Chapel in Torrey, Utah, one of his proudest accomplishments. He loved to ski, swim, and to read history, humor, and cosmology.
Jack was one of the nicest people ever born; everyone loved him and his family meant everything to him. Even when Alzheimer’s disease cruelly robbed him of his intellectual gifts, he still delighted in spending time with his family, and took pleasure in every day and every beauty of nature. He will be missed beyond words.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church, 630 Harmon Street, Birmingham, Friday 3pm. Friends may visit at church beginning at 2pm.
Interment in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Saturday 10:30am.
Donations in his name may be made to St. Anthony of the Desert Church, 608 N. Sand Creek Road, Torrey, Utah 84775.
I'm very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.|
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Your father lived a remarkable life!Wow!Truly an inspiration to us all.
The Duncan Family|
|From the first day that I met Jack when Rob took me to their home in Bloomfield Hills on a date, Jack opened the door and threw his arms around me. There was not a person I have ever met that could hug like Jack. It was a great big embracing bear hug! He immediately thought we were engaged (which we weren't) and from that moment on...we were family. He was a wonderful swing dancer and I loved dancing with him. I am grateful for our 32 year friendship. I loved him well and he loved me well. I will miss him terribly.|
|Sincere condolences to the Hendrickson gang I grew up with.
As a kid, I could literally feel his effortless intelligence, and thought that was pretty cool!
Reading his story reminds me never to slow down or settle.
Martin Flynn MD
|Kim: On behalf of the Marian Class of '69, please accept my condolences, as well as those of your classmates. What an outstanding man! Wished I'd have met him. AT|
Ann Therese Darin Palmer
|What a beautiful man, his magnanimous spirit and brilliant intelligence glimmered in his wonderful eyes. I love your memoriam and the picture is so great. It captures his sense of adventure and fun magnificently!
We will always cherish our memories and experiences that we had with Uncle Jack and Auntie Audra. Uncle Jack was always generous with his listening, his interest and his love. We know that Heaven is now a richer place because of his presence. I am sure our Dad was there as part of the great welcome he received.
Our hearts are broken for you, we know that no one will ever take his place, and we pray the Lord will comfort you at this very special time. We love you with all our hearts and wish so much we could be there in person, we will have to settle with prayer and spirit.
All our love,
Paula and family|
Paula Keele Christensen
You and your family are in our prayers. We know how much your dad meant to you and how difficult this parting is. It is, however, temporary. In the meantime you have wonderful memories and a lifetime of love to cherish. And many friends to support and cherish you.
Take care. We'll see you soon.|
Bob and Ellen Lockard
|Rob, Reyn and extended Hendrickson families, my most sincere condolences go out to all of you. I hope that all of you know and feel the presence of support from those around you that are so very privileged to have met and come to know you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God help console you in this difficult time enough to appreciate those great things in your father that have clearly passed on to each of you. I know he is smiling at all he has had a hand in creating.|
|Rob, I'm very sorry for your loss. |
|Rob and Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. I read your Dad's obituary with amazement. He was clearly an extraordinary man who had an extraordinary, inspirational life. It left me with a sense of loss that I never knew him. Then again, I know you (Rob) and you are obviously carrying his legacy very well. All the best to you and the family in this difficult time. ~Steve|
|May the hope at Isaiah 25:8 bring the Henrickson family much comfort, here God assures us that death will be swallowed up or removed from all the earth. This is something that we can look forward to in the near future.|
|Kim, We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Martha and Randy James|
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My prayers are with you and your family.|
|Kim and Family,
Your father led a remarkable life! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.|
|Even a month after you left, you have never left any of my thoughts or my family's prayers. We love you and miss you so much and I smile every time I remember that your looking over us.|