Thursday, May 11, 2017
Richard F. Jendrock of Arlington, Massachusetts, husband of the late Marguerite (Harounyan) Jendrock, died May 9 in Winchester, Massachusetts. He was 92.
To grandsons Julian, 8, and Justin, 6, Jendrock of Westport he was known as their “Grandpa Richard.” They visited him several times a year and sometimes more often.
According to their father, Thomas, “Grandpa Richard was an integral part of their life, and they would talk about their visits in school to their teachers and fellow students.
“Justin even drew a portrait of him last year which almost everyone says bears a striking resemblance to him. The portrait actually will be on view at the wake next week.”
Born Aug. 15, 1924 in Erie, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary (Jaglowski) Jendrzejczak. His family came to America in the early 1900s from Poland.
He graduated from Erie High School in 1942 and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 1952, where he received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering.
While working as an engineer and raising his young family, he earned a Master’s degree in business from Boston University.
He worked for General Electric in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and later for Raytheon in Waltham, Massachusetts and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he spent many years as the Maser project manager. He retired in 1994, at the age of 70.
He was a World War II Army Air Force veteran and was very proud of his service as a bomber pilot flying the B-17 Flying Fortress as part of the 15th Air Force stationed in Foggia, Italy.
He enjoyed traveling with his wife and fixing up his vacation home in South Yarmouth on Cape Cod. Among his passions in life were following the financial markets and political news, the New England Patriots, and golfing. Most of all, however, he loved time spent with his family.
He is survived by five children, several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: Eric P. Jendrock, husband of Sheryl and father to Brandon, Kyle, and Lauren, Chelmsford, Massachusetts; Nancy A. Cherim, wife of Mort and mother to Tali and Lilah, Dover, New Hampshire; Thomas W. Jendrock, husband of Karen and father to Julian and Justin, Westport; Carolyn Koudyan of Winchester, Massachusetts, and Wilma Quinn, mother to Stacey, Jason, and Crystelle, grandmother to Brienna, Cassidy, and Andrew, Brockton, Massachusetts. He is also survived by his sisters Terry and Helen Jendrock of Erie, Pennsylvania, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his sisters Marion Jendrock, Dolores Kemp and Blanche Jendrock, and his brother Robert (Bobbie) Jendrock.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, May 16 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.at the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St., Arlington. A funeral service will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 17 at 10 a.m. at the First Armenian Church, 380 Concord Ave., Belmont, Massachusetts. For directions or to send a message of condolence visit http://www.keefefuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Richard Jendrock’s name may be sent to: Fischer House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike (Suite 420), Rockville, MD 20850 ( https://www.fisherhouse.org/ ); or, Air Force Aid Society, 214 Eighteenth St. South (Suite 202), Arlington, VA 22202 ( https://www.afas.org/ ).
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