John Edwin "Monk" Hendrickson, 74, of Neenah, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on August 1, 2020, at Gardenview Assisted Living after a long battle with multiple health issues.
John was born June 20, 1946, in Neenah, the son of the late Carl E. and Helen E. (Blank) Hendrickson. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Neenah. John was a 1966 graduate of Neenah High School. After high school, he worked as a machinist for 34 years at Beloit Manhattan where he served as union vice president for several years. After leaving Beloit Manhattan in 2000, he worked for Fox Valley Truck and Webex prior to retiring in 2010.
John is survived by his beloved children: Robyn R Locke (Paul) of Ft Myers, FL; Timothy N Hendrickson (Fiancé; Teresa Porto) of Neenah WI; and stepson, Michael (Jean) Knight of Spring Hill, FL; along with four cherished grandsons: Blake Locke, Tyler Locke, Reid Locke and Andrew Bartels.
John also is survived by two sisters: Carol Boyle (Ken), Mountain, WI; Kathy Bondow (Rick), Madison, WI; a sister-in-law, Sharyn Hendrickson, Neenah, WI, and his friend and ex-wife, Darcey Hendrickson, Appleton, WI. John was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Robert Carl Hendrickson and ex-wife Susan Babbitts.
John was a hard-working, kind, and generous man, who truly was happiest when he was making others smile. An avid lover of the great outdoors, he enjoyed hunting & fishing and especially loved sharing his passion for both with family and friends. He particularly looked forward to his annual Michigan fishing trip with long-time friend, Tommy Sturn, along with his son and grandson. Most of all, he enjoyed sharing his fishing knowledge with his son, son-in-law and four grandsons and seeing how much they grew to love his favorite pastime.
John was a rummager, collector, and a fixer, always hunting for and restoring unique treasures to share with loved ones. He enjoyed playing cards, trips to the casino and was always game to try his luck and “bet you a dollar.”
Those close to John will remember his infectious laugh, which could often be heard at his daughter, Robyn and sons-in-law, Paul’s family gatherings where countless cherished family memories were made throughout the years. John was appreciative of the wonderful meals his daughter, Robyn would make and share with him as well as all of Robyn’s supportive advocacy of his care needs. Many of John and Robyn’s quality bonding times transpired through his times of needing medical cares, but definitely were filled with appreciating the father-daughter love they shared and valuing the love of family.
John handled his most difficult journey with unbelievable strength and is now at peace in heaven with his Savior. Cremation took place with services provided by Heart of the Valley Cremations in Kimberly, WI. His final resting place will be the “Hendrickson Hideaway”- his cherished cabin in the woods in Three Lakes, WI.
John's family would like to thank all his healthcare professionals; Dr. Kelsey Keinert of Ascension, Dr. Brad Heraly of Hematology at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Dr. Thomas Mattio/Neurologist at NSG, Dr. Robert Kohl/Radiation Oncologist at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Ann Coyle and the caregivers at Gardenview Assisted Living and the Ascension Hospice Team. John was also appreciative of the cares and support of Darcey Hendrickson over the last 2 years.
John's wishes were to have a religious/visitation service which will be held on August 21st, 2020 outdoors at Fritsch Park Pavilion of Fox Crossings, 1651 Sandys Lane, Menasha, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Family and close friends are welcome to stay to attend the eulogy conducted by John's supportive hospice chaplain, Cliff Mast, at 5:00 pm. Immediately following there will be a "Celebration of Life" gathering with indoor and outdoor areas available for social distancing at the Stone Toad Bar & Grill, 1109 South Oneida Street, Menasha.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in John’s honor and donations will be used to support future wildlife conservation in Wisconsin or to Payne’s Point Hook & Spear Club. Cards, expressions of sympathy and/or donations can be shared with the family on the day of John’s funeral service or forwarded to:
Heart of the Valley Cremations
c/o John Hendrickson Memorial
400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Kaukauna, WI 54130