Joe Hendricks Jr., 87, of El Dorado Springs, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2013. He was born June 24, 1925.
Joe was a lifelong resident of Cedar County. His wife, Marie, preceded him in death in December 2005. They had two children who grew up in El Dorado Springs, Randy and Sandy. Sandy lives in El Dorado Springs. She has given heroic care and love to Joe throughout his long battle with his illness, greatly assisted by her cousin, Doreen.
Joe joined the Army in World War II, serving in the Pacific including occupied Japan from 1944-46 and lived for a period before and after his war service in Visalia, CA.
No one cared more deeply about this community and his friends than Joe. He was mayor for several years in the 1960’s. He was active in many organizations, including Rotary Club achieving decades of perfect attendance. He ran a land title company his entire working life and completed tax returns for many.
He was proud to have taken over the Community Springs Nursing Home when it was bankrupt in the 1960’s and joined with others in the city in reviving and keeping this facility open for many years until it was sold to Citizens Memorial Hospital. He led the construction of the Alzheimer’s wing where he spent the last two years of his life. He ran the outdoor drive-in, the swimming pool and the old downtown hotel.
It would be impossible to list all his close friends because he felt close to so many. Dr. Bob Magee and Rosemary were part of family to him. Joe and Bob were featured together in a full page article in The Kansas City Star in January 2007, honoring their 52 years of hunting quail together.
He was very proud to be the son of Joe and Chrystal Hendricks of Stockton where he grew up. He remained close throughout his life to his brothers, C.A., Gene and Coke, and his sister, Lorene, and all their spouses, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joe himself had six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Grandson Ben teaches at Derrick Thomas Academy in Kansas City, where he lives with Kat and their beautiful daughter, Emery. Grandson Brett teaches in Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Rangoon, Burma). Granddaughter Brooke lives in Chicago. She and her husband, Chris, just celebrated the arrival of their first child. Charlotte, Randi Jo, and Helen live with Randy and his wife, Lisa, in Kansas City. Also surviving is one brother, Wayne Hendricks – Neosho and one sister-in-law, Evelyn Hendricks – Appleton City.
Preceding Joe in death were: his wife Marie; one son Ronald Wayne; two brothers, C.A. and Gene Hendricks; and one sister, Lorene Levi.
Joe worked hard, yet always took time for others. He gave an immense amount of his energy to making life better for both his family and his community. His devotion to and care for Marie was the pinnacle of selfless love. He was greatly loved and respected by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Alzheimer’s Association-SWMO, 1630 W. Elfindale, Springfield, MO, 65807.
Services began at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness) with Pastor Lowell Mize officiating. Suzann Gladden and Cassie Sayler provided music. Interment followed in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Gary Hendricks, Larry Hendricks, Joe Hendricks, Rick Hendricks, Ben Hendricks and Don Levi. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Magee, Bill Neale and Pauline Simone.
Online condolences may be left at: www.blandhackleman.com.