John Jay Hendershot, 29, of Hastings, MI, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 19, 2009 in Barry County when he was helping his father take down a tree.
He was born April 7, 1980 in Battle Creek, MI the son of Larry G. Hendershot and Theresa M. (Mikolajczyk) Miller.
John was a hi-lo driver for Quality Aluminum of Hastings for 8 years. He had previously worked at the Hastings Four movie theater during his high school senior year.
John is survived by his father & step mother: Larry G. & Tery A. Hendershot of Grand Rapids, MI; his mother & step father: Theresa M. & Carl Miller of Hastings;
his sister - Brenda & Chris Borchardt of Hastings, MI; three step sisters - Krystal Miller of Hastings, MI; Kelsey DeVries and Megan DeVries both of Grand Rapids, MI; two step brothers: Ben and Jason DeVries of Grand Rapids, MI; three nieces: Tarra Smitherman of Hastings; Emily & Mia Green of Battle Creek; two sets of grandparents - Sandra & Norris Mikolajczyk of Bellevue, MI and Bob & Dollie Godfrey of Grand Rapids, MI; his great grandmother: Elizabeth Shearer of Bellevue, MI. He is also survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins, and great friends from all over Michigan. John is also survived by his former girl friend - Dawn Peake of Battle Creek, all her family and his unborn baby girl.
John was preceded in death by his grandfather: Merle Hendershot; great grandparents: Leo & Irene Hendershot; Herman & Iris Mikolajczyk; and Lyle Shearer; great-great grandparents: John & Bernice Mikolajzyk; also by his good friend, neighbor, father-figure and mentor: Dick Richardson.
John graduated from Delton Kellogg High School in 2000. When John was 4 or 5 years old he had a little mini bike he would ride around the trailer park where they lived.
John was in 4-H for awhile. When he got older he was in Venturing which is a branch of scouting, they hosted a day hike for eager Scouts from all over the area. The Venturing group went to Arkansas doing rock climbing and caving, camping. He really didn't like going down into the caves very well, but he liked everything else a lot.
Visitation will be on Thursday, September 24, 2009 after 4 PM at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service where the family will be present from 5-8 PM. Funeral services will be held Friday, 10:30 AM in the Bachman Funeral Chapel with Lay Pastor Michael V. Reid of Grace Community Church - Nashville, MI officiating. Burial will follow at the Dowling Cemetery in Baltimore Township, MI. Memorial tributes may be made to the Family. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145 www.bachmanhebble.com