John Henry Hendrickson
93, of Carmel, IN, passed away on Tuesday in the Clare Bridge Facility in Carmel, IN.
John was born on August 19, 1920 in Chicago, to William O. and Jennie Bergquist Hendrickson. Active in sports at Griffith High School, he played varsity football, basketball, baseball and later semi-pro football.
A U.S. WWII veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy Air Force and participated in the invasions of Kwajalein and Tinian Island in the Pacific Theater. After service, he began studies at Indiana University and received both a Bachelor's Degree in Business and a Master's Degree in Economics. He was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and briefly taught Economics at Indiana University.
He retired as Assistant Regional Director in 1981 from the National Labor Relations Board after over 30 years of service.
John was an avid car enthusiast throughout his adult life as evidenced by anyone who took a look at his basement garage. He was not too selective with his admiration of the automobiles. The collection ran from a 1909 Model T to a stable of partially completed Porsches. His inventory also included a 1919 Paco Racer, 1964 Jaguar and three 1932 Fords. Family vacations were often interrupted with routine stops at the junkyard to find that one badly needed car part for one of his collection. Upon retirement in 1981, his days were filled with the daily routine of the trip to the basement to bring on of his cars a step-closer to completion. No-one knew what he was doing, or which car was the recipient of his latest focus, but he would emerge for dinner and be ready to repeat the process the following day. His enthusiasm carried over to being one of the founding members of the Model T Club of America Indy 500 Chapter.
He married Georgia (Totsie) Spitz in August of 1945. She preceded him in death on March of 2002. Also preceding him in death is brother, William Hendrickson and grandson, Lance Hendrickson. He is survived by daughters, Jill Williams (Jim), Sandy Moran (Mike), Carol Kelley (Paul); son, Eric Hendrickson (Zella); grandchildren, Tracy (Eric) Poquette, Nikki (Terri) Danielson, John (Tyra) Williams, Lisa Moran, Laney (Robert) Buergelin, Leif Hendrickson, Melissa (Andrew) Kennedy, Molly Elkins; 10 great-grandchildren and sister, Evelyn Peters.
Many thanks to the caring staff of Rittenhouse, Clare Bridge and Harbor Light Hospice for their loving care over the past five years.
The calling will be on Saturday, August 31 in Leppert Mor tuary, Nora Chapel , 740 East 86th Street, Indianapolis from Noon to 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery.
You are invited to visit: http://www.leppertmortuarycom where you may sign the guestbook, leave a personal message or make a memorial contribution to the Humane Society of Hamilton County, 1721 Pleasant Street, Noblesville, IN 46060.
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