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Jack R. Henriksen

June 26, 1919 - March 22, 2018


Jack Raymond Henriksen was born in Portland, OR.  He graduated from Kenton Grade School and Benson Polytechnic High School.  Jack joined the Merchant Marines and began a voyage of a lifetime, hauling lumber out of Aberdeen, WA aboard the S.V. Kaiulani, the last 4-masted, square rigged sailing bark in the Merchant Service.  He was the last surviving crew from that year long voyage around the world (1941-42).   He then shipped out on freighters and oil & gas tankers, leaving the service in 1946.  After the war, he learned the jewelry repair trade from Ben Loeber, and Dale Hodgson Jewelers, retiring in 1983.

Jack married Margaret Sies on Oct 21, 1944, they were together for 62 years before Margaret’s death in 2007.  They raised two children, and were active in their activities at the YMCA, Campfire Girls and Troop 39 Boy Scouts.  Jack was an avid fisherman, with many fishing trips at lakes throughout Oregon, on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, and the US and Canadian waters of the Pacific Ocean.  He caught his last two salmon at age 95.
 
Jack is survived by his children, Marla (Dan) Burgess, Salem, and Raymond (Dorothy) Henriksen, Lincoln City; brother Ralph C Olsen, Happy Valley, nieces and nephews Sue Rowlett, Cindy Olsen, Sandi Williams, Sue Hutchinson, Kathie Henry, Gary Schilt & Stanley Schilt, two step-granddaughters, five step-great grandchildren and one step-great great-grandchild.
  
There will be no services.   At his request, his cremains will be scattered at sea, privately at a later date. 

 

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