John E. TenDyke

October 28th, 2014

John E. TenDyke, age 91, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2014 at the Winchester Hospital following a brief illness. 
John was born on October 15, 1923, in Manchester, Vermont; he was the son of the late John E. and Bernice (Keith) TenDyke.  As a young boy, John moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he was raised and educated.  John was a graduate of Minneapolis West High School.
In July of 1943, John was inducted in the United States Army where he served his country during World War II.  Following his discharge, John returned home to Minneapolis and enrolled at the Dunwoody Industrial Institute where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering.  John went on to make a career in electrical engineering and was instrumental in the design work for the Mitchell B-24 Bomber.
John married his “sweetheart” Arlene L. Moses on July 6, 1946 sharing many wonderful years together before her passing in 2003.  John and Arlene moved to Wilmington in 1950 where they raised their beloved son Keith.  John loved his family dearly; becoming a grandfather and great-grandfather only added to his happiness.
John was known to have an impeccable work ethic; he was not only self-employed as an electrical engineer but for many years he worked in the security department of the YMCA in Cambridge.   
John was an avid hobbyist and a bee keeper; he was well known in and around Wilmington for making his own organic honey which  could be purchased at various co-ops and at Elia’s Country Store in North Wilmington.  John was also very instrumental in disbanding bee hives from time to time for the Wilmington Police Department and other folks that needed his expertise and help.  John loved to go up to his land in Rochester, New Hampshire with his wife Arlene where he also raised honey bees.  John and Arlene enjoyed the tranquility and peace in New Hampshire.
John will be fondly remembered as a wonderful guy; he was a hard worker and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.  He was a man of great faith and an active parishioner at the Wilmington Congregational Church for many years.  John always showed unconditional love for his family and friends who will truly miss him.
John was the beloved husband of the late Arlene L. (Moses) TenDyke, loving father of Keith Tendyke and his wife Karen of Wilmington, cherished “Grampy” of Kristen Tendyke and her partner James Clark and Kerri Conole and her husband Aaron, “Grape Numpa” of Oliver Clark and Jennifer & Owen Conole, son of the late John E. and Bernice (Keith) TenDyke, dear brother of the late Edith and Judy, survived by Richard TenDyke and his wife Muriel of New York and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, November 2nd from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  John’s Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 3rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in John’s name can be made to the Wilmington Congregational Church or to a Charity of One’s Choice. 


2 Entries in Guest Book for “John E. TenDyke”

  1. Frank West says:

    Keith, Karen and family…. Karen and I are sorry to hear of the passing of Mr TenDyke. He was a good man and he will be missed. We will keep both him and your family in our prayers. If you need anything please do not hesitate to call. God bless. Karen and Frank West

  2. Niki Wilson says:

    Keith, Karen, Kristen and Kerri, I’m very sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful neighbor and I appreciated all he did for me and my children when I first moved next door. I have many fond memories of John and Arlene.

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