Jack Ardoyno
(1942 - 2013)

Jack Ardoyno

April 27, 1942

January 12, 2013

Jack Ardoyno Young Eagles Memorial Fund
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I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze
than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow,
than a sleepy permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.

-Jack London


Jack Ardoyno, age 70, died in a plane accident in Sarasota, Florida on Saturday, January 12th. Jack was a profoundly loved husband, father, brother, uncle, friend and mentor. Jack loved flying, conducting his first solo flight for the Navy in January of 1965 and flying over 200 missions in Vietnam. Continuing his passion for flying as a civilian, Jack built his own Seawind plane and spent many hours sharing his love of flying by teaching others across the country. Jack spent much of his time in Hayward, Wisconsin while maintaining deep ties in his home town of Mobile, Alabama and the Twin Cities. Jack loved to be surrounded by friends and family on the lake, at the dinner table or camp fire, flying, sailing, and telling stories. His humor and love of life was contagious for all who knew him well. Jack had a special place in his heart for children and will be missed, not only by his grandchildren, Logan and Maddie, but by all those in his life who considered him a second father or grandfather. It is comforting to his wife Lyndia and his children, John and Elise, that he lived a full and truly amazing life full of passion and excitement. The people he touched have many wonderful stories to remember him by. He was a trusted and reliable friend, providing support and counsel in times of trouble. The many loved people in Jack Ardoyno's life included his sisters, his nephews, the families from Apple Valley, the friends in Hayward, and the Seawind community. Jack was larger than life, and his absence from this close knit group will be most difficult for us all. The memory of Jack, singing in Italian, laughing and encouraging us to do some crazy adventure we would otherwise never consider, is the cherished memory we will take with us. Please contact the family or close friends of the family for private memorial service information.

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Lydia, Elise and John: I just learned of Jack's passing and offer my sincere condolences. I worked for Jack during the Jaxon days in Burnsville...best job I ever had...because of Jack. I never laughed so much as I when listening to his stories. He was an amazing man that loved his family and truly lived every single second of his life. My best to all of you; I am sure it was a big loss in your family circle.
Sher Andre (Employee - Jaxon)
June 23rd, 2016
Lyndia, Elise and John, I am so very sorry learn of Jack's passing. I worked for Lyndia for many years, and got to know her family well, especially Elise and Jack, and was always so touched by the Ardoyno family's warmth and kindness. I will remember Jack as a loving family man who thoroughly enjoyed life to the fullest and was not afraid to live his dreams. My deepest sympathy to all of you.
Jenny Stuhr (Friend)
April 7th, 2016
Elise, Lyndia and family,

I was so saddened to learn that Jack has passed. I found out just now and indirectly- please forgive the delay in reaching out to you. Although I had not met him in person, through you I know how wonderful of a man, father and husband he was. Please accept my heartfelt sorrow and know that you are in my thoughts. I know that he will be profoundly missed.

Wishing you comfort and great memories. All the best.

Melanie Washington (Lewis) (Friend)
January 25th, 2016
Jack took me for a ride in his plane during our Ardoyno Family Reunion at Fort Morgan, Alabama in 1992. The last I saw him was at a Christmas gathering in 2011. I had no idea this would be the last opportunity to see him, but I remember feeling such a warm sense of kinship with him. He looked so much like my great-grandfather Leslie Ardoyno.
Jesse Sierke (Cousin)
April 3rd, 2015
Dear lyndia,

I was so saddened to hear of Jacks passing. Just last week at the gym I was talking with a gentleman, David Lieghton, about people in our lives and i started talking about when we first met you and Jack. No doubt you recall the little place in grimes ave robbinsdale. It turned put David had served with Jack on the Ticonderoga. We both decided I would find Jack so we could get together and that , sadly , is how I've found this awfull news.

Another lesson to do very thing while you can and that would typify jacks attitude.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Love, John.
John McMillan (Old friend)
November 24th, 2014
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"Sheila I am so sorry. Its tough allways, to lose a member of ones family. Have not seen you in a long while but my thoughts are with you. ron steiner"
February 8th, 2013
"I only met Lyndia once but have been friends with her sister Anne for a number of years. I was deeply moved by such a beautiful obituary & tribute to life itself. Jack certainly knew how to live to the fullest extent. Condolences to you, Lyndia."
Dawn Amo
January 29th, 2013


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