Jack Aldrich

November 16, 1929May 30, 2014

Jack Aldrich (1929 ~ 2014)

Jack Aldrich, 84 died May 30, 2014 at home of complications of lung cancer. He was born November 16, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Owen William and Hermina Dykstra Aldrich.

He was married to Beverly Tarrant on March 8, 1958 at Redondo Beach CA. They met while working for American Airlines in Los Angeles. They later moved to Lakeside, CA. where he worked as an Operations Agent for the San Diego Freight Office of American Airlines. After 34 years of employment, holding several different positions he retired and they moved to Yuma, AZ to enjoy the sunshine. Beverly passed away in Yuma on March 1993. On May 22, 1997 he married his square dance partner Florene Woolstenhulme.

Beverly passed away in March 1993. On May 22, 1997 he married his square dance partner Florene Woolstenhulme. Jacks Father died in 1933 when Jack was four years old. His Mother was left to raise 4 children during the depression. She accomplished this by renting from a farmer and raising their food. His two older brothers and he would help the farmer where ever they could. His elementary schooling was done in a one room school. He received his GED while he was in the Army. He felt he had to graduate from High School so in 1958-59 he attended South Bay Adult School, in Redondo Beach. He received his diploma June 11, 1959.

After WWII started his oldest brother Bill joined the Army. Jack’s Mom moved the family to Grand Rapids so she could obtain work away from home. Jack had a difficult time adjusting from country living to city life. His freshman year of high school he joined the Michigan State Troops and the ROTC program and he was active from September 1945 to September 1946. In September of 1946 he enlisted in the Army by lying about his age. He was two months from his 17th birthday. He served in the Army from Sept. 1946-Sept. 1949. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne. Many years later he joined the Yuma branch of Veterans of Underage Military Service. (VUMS) As a member of the VUMS, he would bring information and articles to the meetings for everyone.

Jack held many interests and loved talking to people about them. He was interested in politics. After hearing Barry Goldwater speak in San Diego 1963, he was so impressed that he volunteered for Goldwater’s presidential campaign. He also loved history and would discuss it at length. He could remember dates and names so very well. He never forgot a person, place or thing.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Beverly; 2 brothers, Robert and William; 2 sisters, Mary Ida Nelson and Francis Fodor; his Mother and Father.

Survivors include his wife, Florene; his son, Mark Owen Aldrich, Falls Church, VA; his daughter, Gail, (Rod) Gates; Granddaughter, Brittany Gates, Haysville, KS; Also his step children, Paula (Larry) Hughes , Pocatello, ID; Cheryl Duncan, Jacksonville, FL; Jodi (Tom) Groneman, Blackfoot, Id; Wayne (Cheri) Woolstenhulme, Pocatello, ID. He had 9 step grandchildren and 15 step great grandchildren. He will be missed by all.

There will be no services held at this time. He will be a buried at Trufant Cemetery in the Maple Valley Township, MI.

Arrangements were handled by Johnson Mortuary, 1415 S. First Avenue, Yuma, Arizona.


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Kim Lindner

June 9, 2014

I am so so sorry to here about Jack, I remember when Jack and his wife Beverly came to learn how to square dance, he was alot of fun. God bless your family.


June 9, 2014

I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Jack Aldrich. He will be missed. May God be with this wonderful family. My prayers and condolences go out to the whole family.

Paula Voss

June 7, 2014

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Paula, Joe, Pat & Mary

June 7, 2014

The Yuma Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recognizes the sacrifices your loved one and family made for the freedom we all share. Thank you and May God Bless your family.

Cliff Holmes

June 5, 2014

My Dear Aunt Florene,
I am so sorry that you have to go through this experience, again. I know that it is very difficult, especially when you loved each other so much.
I pray the Lord will bless you and comfort you in this stressful time.
It's so nice that you have the good support of your children. I'm sure that they are taking good care of you.
If not, please let me know and I'll do what I can to help.
Take care, We love and pray for you and your family,

Jodi Groneman

June 5, 2014

Mom, I wish I could have stayed longer with you. I am very sad about Jack's passing and concerned for you and your well being, emotionally as well as physically. I know you are in good hands with God and Cheryl beside you. You will be in my prayers daily. I love you!

Terry & Julia England

June 5, 2014

Florene, great job on the obituary. Thinking of you every day and praying the Lord will be with you and your family, as well as Jack's as you work through all the necessary tasks. We so much appreciated all you and Jack have done for us, I loved our mid-week visits and lunches and will miss his infectious "hello" whenever I called. He was a very special person and you made a great team.

Doriann Coon

June 5, 2014

Grandma we want you to know that our thoughts and prays are with you and the rest of Jack's family at this time. We loved grandpa Jack. He will be truly missed. We love you and I wish I could be there for you.

Linda Osbourn

June 4, 2014

Florene, you know our thoughts and prayers are with you and Jack's family. Jack was a very special person and we always enjoyed visiting with him when we were down there or at other family functions. He will be missed. Hugs from both Jim and I.