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Jack Reynold Hendrickson, Sr.

September 13, 1924 June 29, 2011
Jack Reynold Hendrickson, Sr.
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Obituary for Jack Reynold Hendrickson, Sr.

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.

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