Elmer John “Jack” Headtke, age 88, died on March 25, 2014 at home in Templeton, Calif. Jack was born on a farm in Warren Township, Winona County, Minnesota, March 19, 1926, to Herbert and Helen (Warnken) Haedtke, the fourth of seven siblings. He was proud of his Minnesota heritage and enjoyed telling stories about growing up on the farm.
Jack moved to California in 1952 and married his wife, Carole (Kelly), in 1953. They raised four children together. Jack was a born salesman and worked the first half of his career in insurance and later became a real estate broker. Jack loved life and its many challenges. His first love was his family, then came tennis, polka dancing, golf, cards, “discussing” politics, and teaching his grandchildren to enjoy the same.
Jack is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carole, and four children, Tim of Denver, Colorado, Kathy (Marti) of Halcyon, Calif., Jennifer (Russ) of Seward, Alaska, and Jeanne (Kevin), of Templeton, Calif. He is also survived by three grandsons and two great-granddaughters. In addition, Jack is survived by two sisters, Doris (Howard) Hanson of Winona, Minnesota, and Arlene (Paul) Prinzing of Rochester, Minnesota; and two sisters-in-law, Karen (Ervin) Haedtke, and Elayne (Willard) Haedtke, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Ruth Giverson; and three brothers, Willard, Vernon (Buddy), and Ervin.
He will be buried in the family plot in the Frank Hill Cemetery in Wilson, Minnesota, in June.