John C. Berendzen
January 5, 1930 – January 8, 2020
John C. was the second child born to Roy L. and Willie Inez Patton Berendzen in Walters, Oklahoma.
John spent his childhood in Oklahoma and Texas and a short time in California. He was Baptized at age 12 at First Baptist Church in Kaufman, Texas. Early adult years he helped his Papa Patton on the farm and helped him build houses and barns. He was in the Army Engineering Battalion in 1951 to 1953 and was stationed in Greenland building landing strips and housing. After the Army he bought 67 acres and farmed and ranched. In 1954 he began the 40 plus years with Burden Bros. mechanical contractor as a laborer, plumber, and pipefitter and finally as certified in plumbing engineering. John took over a family business, West Cliff Finer Fabrics, in the early 70’s. He was choir director (part-time) in five different churches for a total of eight years. He retired in 1995.
His hobbies were fishing, church choir music, playing cards and dominoes. He worked with the Volunteer Christian Builders. He traveled with the Texas Baptist Men to Honduras to build homes for flood victims. He traveled with his wife Joyce to most of the 50 states. They also traveled to Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, cruised Panama, the Caribbean and Alaska. He sang with The Singing Men of Texas and traveled as far as Jerusalem to deliver God’s message in song, which was his passion. John is preceded in death by: Father: Roy L. Berendzen Mother: Willie Inez (Patton) Berendzen Wife: Joyce Jean Berendzen Daughter: Melanie Lynn Berendzen
John is survived by: Sisters; Jenny Bankston and BeBe Vardell Son; Ralph G. Berendzen and his wife D’Uan Grandsons; Kenneth Berendzen, Jared Davis and Cory Berendzen Daughter; Virginia Ann Berendzen Smith and husband Pinckney Smith Granddaughter; Jessica Smith and husband Guillermo Vera Lopez Grandson; Jacob Smith and wife Brandie Son; James Craig Berendzen and wife Dana Grandson; Chase Berendzen and wife Lindsey Granddaughter; Jaymie Batten and husband Richard Grandson; Andrew Berendzen Fourteen great-grandchildren
In-lieu of flowers, please send donations to Denton State School, in memory of Melanie Lynn Berendzen.
- Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
- Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020
- Graveside Service Saturday, January 11, 2020
John C. Berendzen
January 14, 2020
John was one of the finest ministers of music and partners in ministers who joined hand with the pastor, to make a pastoral team that I shared with. I will always remember him fondly.
January 10, 2020
This man had a great impact on me as a young man coming up in the Construction/Piping industry and was instrumental in keeping me focused on my Career path & I will forever be grateful. My deepest condolences to Johnny B's entire family.