Jack was a resident of Kosciusko County, since 1944 where he was a carpenter and owner of Endicott Construction. “Live in a house that Jack built!” He continued his life’s work until his 90’s. He served in the United States Navy during World War II with the 58th Construction Battalion attached to the 4th Marines. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Carpenter’s Mate Second Class.
Jack was active his entire 99 years of life. He was a member of Winona Lake Free Methodist Church, the Lions Club, and was even a volunteer fireman in Winona Lake. He was a member of Gideon’s International and during a mission trip he helped to construct a radio station in Haiti. He loved to hunt, bowl, enjoyed archery…but most of all he enjoyed his family.
He was born on Dec. 9, 1916, in Richland Center, Wisconsin to Vernie May (Patten) and George Mullar Endicott. On May 29, 1940, he was married to Dorothy Jeanne Kline for over 50 years before she passed away in 1991. Jack remarried in 1996 to Anne Kathryn Kline Smith, his first wife’s sister. She passed away in 2004.
He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter: Candace ‘Candy’ (David) Wolkins, Warsaw; two sons: Jeffry W. (Jane) Endicott, Honeoye Falls, N.Y.; Kim V. (Deborah) Endicott, Dewart lake; four grandchildren: Matthew (Kristy) Wolkins, Winona Lake; Eric (Allison) Endicott, Hilton, N.Y.; Elise (Chris) Hunt, Lima, N.Y.; Annie (Eric) Horbath, Peters Creek, Alaska; eight grandchildren: Jackson; Abigail; Zane; Easton; Olivia; Wyatt; Jacob; Noah. Also surviving are his second wife Ann and Hart’s children: daughter: Karyl (John Deacon) Taylor, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; their three sons: Douglas (Eileen) Smith, Stouffville, Ontario; Greg (Ann) Smith, Arthur, Ontario; Steve (Tonnie) Smith, Magnetawan, Ontario; their grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren; all of whom were loved by Jack. He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; daughter; Kathryn Jill Endicott; grandson: Kevin Endicott; one brother; and one sister.
His memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2016, at Winona Lake Free Methodist Church Winona Lake and officiated by Pastor Paul Parker and Pastor Steven Smith. Military rites will be conducted by active members of the U.S. Navy, American Legion Post #49 and V.F.W. #1126 both of Warsaw.
Memorial donations may be directed to Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, Warsaw, and would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements are entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw.