Hendi Andrew Ancich, Sr
May 6, 1937-
December 20, 2017
Hendi A. Ancich, 80, of San Pedro, California passed away peacefully on December 20, 2017 surrounded by his loving family following complications related to a form of Alzheimer's disease. Hendi was born on May 6, 1937 on the island of Brac, off the Dalmation coast of Yugoslavia. His family (father Joseph, mother Jermina and brother
Marijon) migrated to the U.S. when Hendi was three years old making their permanent home in San Pedro.
Hendi graduated from San Pedro High School in 1955 and attended Harbor College where he was an All-City lineman in football. He was also the starting center for three semi-pro teams, including the Longshoremen A. C ., South Gate A.C. and Anaheim Rhinos.
Hendi proudly served as a longshoreman for nearly 50 years. In 1982 Hendi began a successful 22-year career as a National Football League Official, which included 16 years as an Umpire followed by 6 years as a replay-official. His career highlights include Umpire in NFL Super Bowl XXIV, two Pro Bowls and two Canton Hall of Fame games. In 2016, Hendi was honored and inducted into the San Pedro Sportswalk to the Waterfront; and in 2017 was inducted into the San Pedro High School Hall of Fame.
Hendi was an avid golfer and long-time supporter of numerous animal protection organizations. He was an active member of the Catalina Island Men's Golf Club and Majestic Golf Club, a long-time member of the Dalmation American Club of San Pedro and a supporter of the local Boys' Club. In 1990, the San Pedro Boys' Club honored Hendi with the Boys' Club Alumni Award.
Hendi is survived by his loving wife Sharon of 61 years; son Gerald Ancich and his wife Cheryl; daughter Sharie Apodaca and her husband Michael; son Hendi Ancich, Jr. and his wife Tracy; granddaughter Kristi Garrigan and her husband Brian; grandchildren Ava, Kyle, Stacey and Katie Ancich; great-grand children Grace, Grant and Macie Garrigan; step-grandchildren Joshua, Jeremy, Jacob and Jerad; brother Marijon Ancich and wife Jacquie; cousin Andrew Pesich and wife Katherine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private services will be held for Hendi at his request. Those desiring to honor Hendi may sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com
. To donate in his name , please send to: Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles, 4221 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90010.
Published by Daily Breeze from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, 2017.