Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Henthorn, Jack Charles

Jack Charles Henthorn

Jack Charles Henthorn, 80, passed away November 22, 2006, at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, TX, from complications of myleodysplastic syndrome.

He was born February 5, 1926, in Grant, NE, the third of five children born to Charlie and Florence (Williamson) Henthorn.

He joined the Army Air Corps upon graduation from Venango (NE) High School in 1943. He served for 30 years, retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1977. His assignments included Arizona, Texas, New York, Colorado, Nebraska, England, Bermuda, Labrador and Guam. He was especially proud of his 25 years in the Strategic Air Command, which included serving on the Airborne Command Post, better known as The Looking Glass.

He married Shirley Cox on December 28, 1951, in Grant, NE. They had five children: Christopher, Bradley, Robin, Shelley and Kelley.

Jack and Shirley moved to San Antonio in 1976 for his Air Force retirement. He was an avid bowler, a Nebraska Cornhuskers football fan (GO BIG RED!) and a first-rate auto mechanic. He later worked for Bruce Construction in Seguin, TX, then taught automotive mechanics at Texas Vocational School in San Antonio. He also worked for Alamo Concessions at Brackenridge Park as a mechanic. Jack and Shirley joined St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in 1982, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, sister Barbara Robinson, brother Don Henthorn, and brothers-in-law Dick Robinson, Cliff Humphrey, and Eugene Bowman.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley, and their children Christopher of Grant, NE, Bradley of Houston, TX, Robin and wife Valerie of Fort Worth, TX, Shelley and husband Rick Kendall of San Antonio, TX, and Kelley and husband Tim Morrison of San Antonio, TX. Grandchildren Adam and Brian Henthorn, Cameron, Emily, Frances and Dylan Kendall, and Brett Morrison also survive him. His sisters Betty Humphrey of Fort Worth, TX and Dorothy Bowman of Wichita Falls, TX, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, survive him.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Wilford Hall Hematology/Oncology Unit and the 6th floor BMT for their excellent care and support, especially Dr. Mark DeLeon, SrA Latoya Seals, SMSGT Frank Stamp and nurses Jennifer, Barbara, Vicki, Lisandra and Jan.

A Rosary will be recited Tuesday, November 28 at 7 pm at Castle Ridge Mortuary, 8008 Military Drive West. The Mass of Resurrection will be offered Wednesday, November 29 at 10:00 am at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. In accordance with his wishes, Jack was cremated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name are suggested to Saint Rose of Lima Building Fund, 9883 Marbach Road, San Antonio, TX 78245. Castle Ridge Mortuary.

Source: (Sunday) San Antonio Express News


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