Richard Jenderny, 60Richard “Rick” H. Jenderny, 60, husband of Donna Werz Jenderny of Mount Pleasant, S.C., lost his courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, June 10, 2008.
Richard “Rick” H. Jenderny, 60, husband of Donna Werz Jenderny of Mount Pleasant, S.C., lost his courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, June 10, 2008.
The relatives and friends of Rick Jenderny were invited to attend his memorial service on Friday, June 13, 2008 at J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel at 7 p.m. The family received friends on Friday, June 13, 2008 at the Mount Pleasant Chapel from 5 until 7 p.m.
Rick was born on Nov. 21, 1947 in Park Falls, Wis., the oldest of four boys born to the late Zora Mesich Jenderny and the late Harvey Jenderny.
Rick graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1969, and joined the United States Navy where he was a fighter pilot and attended Top Gun. After leaving active duty, he became an Air Traffic Controller working at Minneapolis Center until the controllers’ strike in 1981.
The Naval Reserve then played an active role in his life and he was attached to a P3 Squadron (VP-90) and then CINCPACFLT. While in the Reserves, Rick was hired by UNISYS/Lockheed Martin, where he was made program manager of Micro-EARTS, an air traffic control system. In his copious spare time he ran an 80-acre farm where he raised sheep, hay, horses, dogs and cats. In 1997 he was transferred by Lockheed Martin from Eagan, Minn. to Gaithersburg, MD, where he was discovered and hired by ARINC, Inc. of Annapolis, MD in June 1999. Rick was given the opportunity to head the ARINC office in Charleston, S.C. in 2001 which he considered his greatest career accomplishment.
He always put everyone else’s concerns above his own. As his friends and co-workers will tell you, once Rick put his mind to something, he would not rest until he accomplished his goal. Rick was an extremely caring husband and father. Some of Rick’s favorite times were spent traveling and golfing with Donna and Sara, especially the Mediterranean cruise taken to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and Sara’s high school graduation taken only three months after he had survived a quadruple heart bypass. His greatest source of pride and joy could be found in the accomplishments of his girls.
He is survived by his wife and best friend, Donna Jenderny of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; daughters, Sara Jenderny of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Anne Forcier and her husband, John, of Olathe, Kan.; and grandchildren, Beth Forcier and Thomas Forcier of Olathe, Kan.; brothers, William Jenderny, Lawrence Jenderny and Kenneth Jenderny, all of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Jenderny.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5900 Core Road, Suite 504, North Charleston, S.C. 29406 or Hospice of Charleston, “Hospice Center Fund, 3870 Leeds Avenue, Suite 101, North Charleston, SC 29405.
The family requests memorial messages be written to the family by visiting the Web site at www.jhenrystuhr.com.