John William Hendricks |

John William Hendricks

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On Nov. 24, 2007, the world lost a wonderful man ” John William Hendricks.

He died in his sleep, of natural causes, in his home in Fraser. He was 79.

John was born and raised in Chicago. Always a large and athletic man, John excelled in sports and played high school football at Morgan Park Military Academy.

He graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. with a math major and lettered in football and participated in many other sports.

John’s passion for sailing also began in his youth at Williams Bay on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin where his parents owned a summer cottage. His first boat was a Cub Scow. He sold that boat to buy the engagement ring he gave Dorothy Spurgin, the love of his life, whom he met at Carleton.

It was at Carleton that John and Dorothy tried skiing for the first time, and another life-long passion was born. John was employed by Inland Steel Company his entire career and John and Dorothy lived many places around Lake Michigan. While he worked in East Chicago, their first two daughters, Ann and Martha, were born. Then they moved to Ishpeming, Mich., where daughter number three, Karen, was born. The family was relocated to Pewaukee, Wisc., where John worked for Inland Ryerson in Milwaukee, and finally, to Manistique, Mich., where he worked at Inland Lime and Stone.

Since his retirement in 1988, John and Dorothy split their time between their winter home in the skiing wonderland of Fraser, and their summer home on the shore of Lake Michigan in Manistique, Mich. Many, many friends, boats, skis, and wonderful stories, along with six grandchildren, have been collected along the way.

John’s deep love for nature is reflected in his photography, his third great passion.

Born of the gift of a camera from Dorothy and the girls, John’s sensitivity and humbleness, his grace and strength are reflected in his artwork and live on in his photos, in his beloved family and in his treasured friendships.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughters Ann (Jerry) Flasschoen of Mentone, Calif.; Martha Baird of Northfield, Minn.; and Karen (Larry) Crawford of Litchfield Park, Ariz.; and grandchildren Andrew, Bryce and Carol Thompson, and Jessie, Joel and Kyle Flasschoen. The family hopes everyone will take after John’s shining example and share a kind word and a warm smile at every opportunity.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at The Church of The Eternal Hills. Memorials may be made in his name to NSCD. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Foran-Schoenfeld Mortuary in Hot Sulphur Springs.

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