Cecil Jr Nickolas Heynderickx
Cecil Nickolas Heynderickx, 93, a resident of the Cornelius community passed away on December 28,2023 at his home.
Cecil was born on September 14, 1930 in Hillsboro, OR . He was the youngest of three children born to Cecil W and Anna Mary (Kemper) Heynderickx. He was raised on the family farm on Heynderickx Road and attended Visitation Grade school and Hillsboro High School, graduating with the Class of 1950.
He met his future wife, Joan Bride through a mutual friend at a dance. They soon began dating and following a short courtship they married on January 19, 1952 at St James Catholic Church in McMinnville, OR. They made their home in Cornelius and moved to his family farm in 1961. Joan passed away on August 9, 2012.
Cecil was a farmer all his life, besides being a farmer's son, Cecil did work outside the home in the local sawmill, as a rock truck driver and for BP John’s Furniture Company in Portland. Cecil worked alongside his father for three years before he bought the farm in 1961.
He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hunting, and fishing. He spent winters as a hunting guide in eastern Oregon using his pack horses. Joan and Cecil wintered in Arizona and enjoyed traveling. Cecil built and flew his own RC airplanes, had his own mini airport and a flying club, “Fly Boys” that met every Tuesday and Thursday morning. He was a lifetime member of Visitation Catholic Church and volunteered with the annual dinner as well as serving as a past dinner chairman. He loved his horses and his dogs, especially Bear.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Joan, three children, Gary (1995), Steven (1956) and Lynette (1968) as well as his siblings, Marvin Heynderickx and Juanita Schmidlkofer.
He is survived by five children and their spouses, Nickolas and Annie Heynderickx of Forest Grove, Lori and Scott Jackson of Maricopa, AZ, Leanne and Pat Handley of St Helens, OR, Lisa and Ken VanDyke of Roy, Loni and John Wren of Banks, as well as twelve grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
The family suggets donations in Cecil's name to the Visitation School Endowment Fund