Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 30, 2012

Jack O. Brinkerhoff


TRAVERSE CITY — Jack Odell Brinkerhoff, 80, of Traverse City, passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Jack was born on Monday, Jan. 11, 1932, to the late Donald and Lois (Keck) Brinkerhoff in Lansing.

The family moved to Clare, where Jack graduated from high school. He then attended Central Michigan University, where he earned his bachelor's degree.

A veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, Jack was assigned to submarines that patrolled the western shores of the United States.

He married the former Barbara Ann Johnson on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1951, in Clare, and they recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.

Moving to Traverse City in the late 1950s Jack owned and operated TCRV.

Jack was an avid softball player who was well known in the area for his pitching skills. While in college he excelled at football as well.

Spending the last 20 winters in Ft. Pierce, Fla., with his wife, Jack enjoyed going skeet shooting with his friends there.

He and Barbara are members of Traverse Bay United Methodist Church.

Jack is fondly remembered as being very modest and unassuming, yet he was a mentor to many young men over the years.

He treasured the times of being with his wife, children and grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.

Jack is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children, Rory (Tamar), of San Bernardino, Calif., Kevin (Julie), of Traverse City, and Beth (Mark) Walter, of Traverse City; and his grandchildren, Tarah, Madison, Amy and Aaron Brinkerhoff, as well as Twyla (Aaron) Ferguson-Smith and Ruby Ferguson. Also surviving are his brother, James, of Florida; and his sister, Mary (Mac) Tyler, of Clare.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Roger.

At his request, no services will be planned.

The family has asked that Jack be remembered through memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

You may share your memories of Jack with his family by way of his online guestbook at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.