Jack Odell Brinkerhoff, 80, of Traverse City passed
away Thursday, September 27, 2012 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse
Jack was born on Monday, January 11, 1932 to the late Donald and Lois
(Keck) Brinkerhoff in Lansing. The family moved to Clare where Jack
graduated from high school. He then attended Central Michigan
University where he earned his Bachelors degree.
A veteran, having served with the U. S. Navy during the Korean War,
Jack was assigned to submarines that patroled the western shores of
the United States. He married the former Barbara Ann Johnson on
Tuesday, September 9, 1951 in Clare and they recently celebrated their
61st wedding anniversary.
Moving to Traverse City in the late 1950’s Jack owned and operated
Jack was an avid softball player who was well known in the area for
his pitching skills. While in college he excelled at football as well.
Spending the last 20 winters in Ft. Pierce Florida with his wife, Jack
enjoyed going skeet shooting with his friends there. He and Barbara
are members of Traverse Bay United Methodist Church. Jack is fondly
remembered as being very modest and unassuming, yet he was a mentor to
many young men over the years. He treasured the times of being with
his wife, children and grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.
Jack is survived by his wife Barbara; his children, Rory (Tamar) of
San Bernardino, CA; Kevin (Julie) of Traverse City, Beth (Mark) Walter
of Traverse City; his grandchildren, Tarah, Madison, Amy, and Aaron
Brinkerhoff as well as Twyla (Aaron) Ferguson-Smith and Ruby Ferguson.
Also surviving is his brother James of Florida and his sister Mary
(Mac) Tyler of Clare. He was preceded in death by his parents and his
At his request, no services will be planned. The family has asked that
Jack be remembered through memorial contributions to the American Cancer
Society or the American Diabetes Association.
You may share your memories of Jack with his family by way of his online
guest book at http://www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com/.
The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and
Cremation Services, Traverse City.