John William Hendrikse
John William Hendrikse went to heaven on Tuesday June 24th at 12:00 am. John was born January 30 1930 to Jacob & Petronella (Von Roon) Hendrikse. He was born and raised on the island of Java in Indonesia, which was a Dutch Colony at the time. He had two older brothers, Jon and Jacob, and later a younger brother Cornelius. He enjoyed a very adventurous childhood being raised in a tropical paradise! In 1942 the Japanese invaded the island and soon the whole family was separated and imprisoned. John spent 4 years from the ages of 12 to 16 as a prisoner of war in a Japanese prison camp for boys. In this camp he endured many horrible things but was blessed to survive and go to The Netherlands where he joined his other surviving family members. While in The Netherlands he met his lifelong love Jacoba (Jackie) Sleeker. They married on April 12, 1950. Soon John was on his way to the United States and later sent for Jackie in 1952. Both John and Jackie became U.S. citizens in the early fifties. John served 20 years in the United States Air Force and because of his knowledge of many languages he was an asset to our country in Air Force Intelligence. John traveled many places in the world while Jackie stayed home and raised the children. After retiring from the Air Force they settled in Meridian Idaho and John worked at Boise Cascade as a building engineer for 18 years. John and Jackie raised 8 children; Nannette Brubaker, Mary (John) Towne, Jeannette (Paul, deceased) Overman, John Hendrikse Jr, Patricia Hendrikse, Michael (Andra) Hendrikse, Victoria (Darryl) Thomas and David (Shelly) Hendrikse. They have 21 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and all 3 brothers.
John enjoyed reading, traveling to the Oregon Coast, cruises to Alaska and most importantly spending quality time with his wife, children and great grand-children.
Our dad has been the rock of our family, the joker for every occasion, and will be dearly missed.
A memorial service will be held Thursday July 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Cloverdale Funeral Home 1200 North Cloverdale Road, Boise Idaho. Inurnment with military honors will take place at Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens and will be followed by a reception.
Cloverdale Funeral Home
1200 North Cloverdale Road Boise, ID 83713
Published in Idaho Statesman on June 29, 2014