Jon Andrew Bjorklund

Our beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather, Jon Andrew Bjorklund went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009.

 

Jon, or “Andy” as many who knew him, was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin on November 28, 1938. He was adopted by the most loving mother and father from the Cradle Society in Evanston, Ill. Marion and Edward Bjorklund took him to his new home in St. Paul, Minnesota at the age of 10 weeks, and then moved to Seattle in the early 1940s.

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Andy attended Cleveland High School, class of 1957.  He spent two years at Whitman College in pre-med, then transferred to University of Washington and graduated from the school of Pharmacy in 1963. He worked for Fred Meyer Pharmacy for 34 years before suffering a heart attack in 1993 and retiring from the company.

 

Andy and Wilma were married in June of 1962.  They had two daughters, Heidi Lynn and Erika Alice. Heidi was Andy’s “little miss sunbeam” and Erika was his “missionary daughter” and both girls he adored.  He is survived by his wife Wilma, Heidi and Erika, and 4 grandchildren; Crystal Alice (21), Kimberly Nicole (l9), Katie Rose (16),  and Justin Andrew who is 13. He is also survived by Pat Hellekson his sister-in-law, his brother-in-law Terry Hellekson, his niece Nicole Owen and her twin daughters, Angelique and Victoria.  Andy had two sons-in-law. Robert C. Hanscom III and Waylonn Leon Hollis. Rob was always so helpful and mindful of Andy’s needs and brought such joy to him, watching sports or going on road trips as a family was such special times for him. He didn’t meet his second son-in-law until recently, but enjoyed many long phone conversations with him.  He is a wonderful addition to our family.

 

Andy and Wilma were able to travel the United States as he loved to drive long distances at a moments notice. They took many trips to see their youngest daughter who attended school in Louisiana, as well as taking his 2 oldest granddaughters on spontaneous trips to the Oregon beaches, California and anywhere he could take a nice long drive. 

 

Andy’s first love was the Lord Jesus Christ. He truly loved the Lord with all his heart and soul. God gave him the ministry of Apologetics. He so enjoyed sharing Jesus with others, especially children. Andy had a sweet and gentle spirit as a Christian, but never lost the twinkle in his eye when it came to teasing. He was so adored for his loving, funny ways.  He can never be replaced. 

 

bjorkland-cover1His other hobbies were hunting, fishing, skeet & trap shooting, ham radio (KC7KD), CB radio (“Pistol Pete“), gardening and football.  He belonged to many clubs including; Ducks Unlimited, Armature Trap Association, Paine Filed Gun Club, and The Rhododendron Society.  His favorite pastime, however,  was studying God’s Word.  In his last few years, Wilma and his dear friend Gary Scott read the Bible to him, as he could no longer attend church services outside of the home.  He found such comfort in all of God’s Word and was always amazed at how much more he could learn as God revealed to him the things he wanted Andy to know.

 

Due to his health, the past five years Andy had to spend most of his time in bed at home where Wilma and his care giver, Kimithy McManus and several other wonderful caregivers were able to try and give him the quality of life that he so deserved.  He was truly blessed by the love of friends, neighbors, family and Group Health Palliative Care medical staff who made it possible for our family to have him with us for so many years.  Andy passed away at Evergreen Hospice, in the care of wonderful nurses, doctors, aids and in the company of his family as he took his last breath here on earth. 

 

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday March 14th, 10:00am at the Sahalee Golf & Country Club.  The address is:  21200 NE Sahalee Country Club Drive, Sammamish WA 98074.  The club requests no blue jeans, please.

6 Responses to “Jon Andrew Bjorklund”

  • Al Thomas says:

    My sympathy to Wilma and the entire Bjorklund family… I had the privilege of meeting Andy and Wilma back in the 70’s where we sent a lot of time together, often crashing on there couch or chair, or occasional floor… didn’t much matter, we were in great company… Poor Heidi and Erica never knew what bodies would be laying around in the morning. Andy was passionate about anything he was involved in, CB’s, Ham Radios, Music, shooting, Antique Furniture and rugs, and was very passionate about his family. Andy’s sense of humor was awesome… I can’t count the laughs we’ve had over the years…

    As we continue down this path of life, I consider myself as extremely fortunate to have had my path intersect with people as special as Andy and his lovely wife Wilma… And true to form, our lives where enriched by getting to know them…

    Of course as time marches on and day to day life events distract our attentions I count myself as privileged to stay in contact from time to time with Heidi, Rob and their family… My heart goes out to all of family members and I’ll see you Saturday at Andy’s Celebration of Life… God Bless…

  • Arlene Christensen says:

    Dear Wilma, I worked with Jon for many years at the Lynnwood Fred Meyer Pharmacy. I have thought about him often during the years, bur failed to get in touch with him. I am so sorry for you and your
    family. Please know that I will pass the word of his death to my co-workers at Fred Meyer. I am working at the Mill Creek store now, but there are some that still remember Jon.
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  • Ike & Mabel Nishizaki says:

    We are very sorry to hear of Jon’s passing. I worked with Jon at Midway Fred Meyer Pharmacy. He was very pleasant and caring and I enjoyed with him. We like to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  • Merlina Tate says:

    Andy was a great athlete, friendly & sweet guy in High School. I also was in Cleveland’s Class of ’57. I’m sorry I won’t be in Seattle on March 14, because I am hosting a mini-reunion of our Class of ’57 at my home in the Palm Springs area on March 13. There will be 22 of us that will pause to remember the good old days with Andy in school.

  • Victoria Naughton says:

    Hello Wilma, my sympathy to you for the lost of a great companion in life.
    I am Pam’s sister and you and Andy were so kind to my sister when she needed some WA family.
    I will always rememer Andy cooking a wonderful salmon on his deck grill for me when I was there for a visit.
    May God see you through these days ahead.
    Fondly,Victoria Naughton

  • Chrissy Wiegant-Anderson says:

    Dear Wilma, Erika, and Heidi,
    I will always remember Andy’s fun loving ways. Always smiling with a twinkle in his eye. We are saddened at your loss, and our prayers are with you.
    Chrissy, Ray, Rebekah, and Rachel

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