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John W. Hentkowski

Died: 12/21/2010


Local Business and Community Leader

Mr. John W. Hentkowski, age 68, of Elkton, MD, a longtime leader in both the business and volunteer community, died after a sudden illness on Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at Christiana Hospital surrounded by his family.

Born in Wilmington on April 2, 1942, John was a 1960 graduate of Wilmington High School and founder of Hentkowski, Inc. in January 1968. Now located in Marshallton, Johns company grew rapidly from its small beginnings in an old church in Browntown to become a widely respected HVAC contracting firm. He was well known and admired throughout his career for his work ethic and commitment to customer service excellence. John was the recipient of numerous industry and business honors, including the 2008 Carrier Presidents Award and the Better Business Bureau of Delawares Edward Rush Award for outstanding family-owned small business. He was also a finalist in the 2009 News Journal Readers Choice Awards. Among his professional affiliations, he was a member of the New Castle County TAC Committee, president of ServAssure, president of IHCC, and a board member of the Better Business Bureau.

Johns passion for his business was equaled only by his lifelong desire to help those in need. As a 33-year member and past president of the Rotary Club of Newark, he worked tirelessly for many years with Rotarys Polio Plus intiative in its efforts to eradicate the disease around the world. He was elected by his fellow Rotarians to serve as the Governor of District 7630 from 1990 to 1991 and was a member of the Rotary Foundation Committee from 1991 through 1999. He had also been honored as a Paul Harris Fellow and Major Donor by the Rotary Foundation.

He worked extensively with Easter Seals, serving as a member of the Board of the Directors. He was committed to providing support and guidance at Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor in Chestertown, MD, a facility which allows those with physical, cognitive, and behavioral disabilities to enjoy camping and summer recreation. In earlier years, he was active with Boy Scouts of America and Camp Rodney. John loved animals and, with his wife, exhibited champion Arabian horses. He was a member and past chairman of the Eastern Amateur Arabian Horse Show Circuit. Other interests included the Wilmington & Western Railroad, where he currently served as treasurer.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Micki Larson Hentkowski; children, John W. Hentkowski, Jr. (Kym) of Elkton, MD, Stephen E. Hentkowski of Wilmington, and Barbara AMH Roberts (Brian) of Avondale; sister, Joan H. Harris of Wilmington, DE; brother, William S. Hentkowski, Jr. (Judith) of New Castle, DE; grandchildren, Bryan Hentkowski, Samantha Bartell, Alexis Hentkowski, Christopher Brody Roberts, Ian Roberts, and Abigail Roberts. He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna M. Konkowski Hentkowski, and father, William Stanley Hentkowski.



A funeral service will be held at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where visitation will begin at 10 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of John may be made to Wilmington & Western Railroad, P.O. Box 5787, Wilmington, DE 19808; or to The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Dr., Chicago, IL 60693. Contributions should be marked for Polio Plus.

To sign guest book, visit SPICER-MULLIKIN FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY 302-328-2213

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