Kenneth Hendricks, 89

Kenneth Hendricks, 89

Kenneth Hendricks passed away in the Hanford Hospital on Christmas Day, 2013, after a long battle with lung cancer. Ken was born on Jan. 25, 1924, in Watertown. He was the second child born to Elmer and Florence Hendricks. He was baptized and confirmed in the Gotaholm (now Trinity) Lutheran Church and graduated from Watertown High School in 1941. He was the last surviving male student from that class.
After graduation, he worked locally at the co-op creamery in Watertown before enlisting in the Army. He married Beverly Ann Johnson (class of 1940) on Feb. 5, 1944, at Camp Wolters, Texas. He then went to Fort Benning, Ga., to the parachute jump school. He served in World War II in the 101st airborne division throughout Europe. In all of American history, it is the only military unit where a whole division was awarded teh Presidential Citation for Valor, and they received it twice, along with many bronze stars for major battles and the French Croix-De-Guerre. It was the unit put on TV called Band of Brothers. Returning from the war, he received his B.A. college degree from St. Cloud Teachers College and an M.A. degree from the University of Colorado. In 1953, the family moved to McFarland, Calif., where he became the school superintendent. Ken was active in the Lions Club and the California Association of School Administrators and a lifelong member of the NRA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Blanche Lynn of Houston, Texas, his former wife Beverly Ryan, and an infant granddaughter.
He leaves to mourn his soulmate Arlene Overlin, son Dennis, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one brother Dean of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
A celebration of his life and a memorial service are pending with his ashes buried at graveside service at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery later this summer in Watertown.

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