Jacob Jones Hendricks
July 1920 – February 2014
Beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many, died peacefully at his daughter's home on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 after a brief illness.
Jake was born in July 1920 at Lakeport, California to Roy and Lizzie Hendricks. He was one of 9 children. Jake came to Juneau in 1939 to find gold. He worked in the AJ Mines, drove a cab part time and worked construction. He joined the Alaska Territorial Guard and helped build airstrips during WWII. He was an Operating Engineer and retired in 1987 from the City and Borough of Juneau as their street maintenance foreman, after more than two decades of service.
He will be remembered for his sense of humor as well as his generous and loving spirit. Jake believed in helping people and provided many hours of service in various organizations around Juneau. He was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska, Moose Club, Elks Club, and Juneau Chapter #7 Order of Eastern Star. He was a member and Past Master of Mt. Juneau Lodge 147, Juneau Shrine Club and achieved his 33rd degree in November 1991. In March 2013, he received his Juneau Valley of Scottish Rite 50 year Hat (2 years late).
Jake is survived by his daughter, Shirley (Dan) Penrose of Juneau, Grandsons Andy (Cori) Mills of Juneau and Thad Mills of Houston, sister Donna Sanford of Idaho Falls, and more than 20 nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents, Roy & Lizzie & stepmother Gladys Hendricks, wife Betty Hendricks, sisters Fern Bonus, Venna Stumpf, June Snidow, Marilyn Martin, brothers Roy Jr., Wilbert & Stanley Hendricks, nephew Randy Martin & niece Lynn Massie.
At his direction and in respect for his wishes, there will be no services. Donations can be made in Jake's memory to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Mar. 4, 2014