John C. Berendzen was born Jan. 5, 1930 and died Jan. 8, 2020, just a few days after his 80th birthday.
John C. was the second child born to Roy L. and Willie Inez Patton Berendzen in Walters, Okla.
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 Corp of Engineers 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 70s. He was a part-time choir director 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 was preceded in death by his parents; wife Joyce Jean Berendzen; and daughter Melanie Lynn Berendzen.
He is survived by his 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; and grandson Andrew Berendzen.
He also is survived by 14 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at Anderson Clayton Funeral Home in Kaufman at 305 N. Jackson St. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Central Baptist Church at 1749 S. FM 148 in Crandall, followed by a graveside service at Mount Olive Cemetery in Scurry.