Joseph "Joe" Hendricks (1935 - 2014)

  • "Always missing you, Dad. Life just isn't the same without..."
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    - Therese Hendricks Prestegard O'Neill
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    - Burr Henriksen
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    - Connie & Mark Greenlee

Joseph "Joe" Norbert Francis Hendricks was born December 16, 1935 to Margaret Bernice (O'Hara) and Joseph Francis Hendricks (Kovalik - Hingyos) in Yonkers, New York, Westchester County. Joe was fiercely independent, active and enjoyed his life. For three years, between the ages of ten and twelve, Joe won bronze, silver and gold awards from the National Federation of Student Musicians, playing piano and being tested at Juilliard. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers, NY, joined the Air Force in '53, was in the Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, was recommended and attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado, studied Philosophy at the University of Colorado and graduated in '62 from Louisiana State University with a BS in Business Administration, majoring in Economics. He had a golf scholarship and qualified for the U.S. Golf Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, CO. After graduating from college, he excelled in his business career and received numerous outstanding awards. Joe was a full time resident of Anchorage, AK and spent winters for decades in Marana, AZ where he practiced golf, played in tournaments, enjoyed outdoor desert life and cultivated friendships. He spent a lot of time in the wine regions of Napa, Sonoma and Santa Rosa, CA where he studied everything wine and made friends with winemakers and those associated with the industry. He was one of the founding members of the International Wine and Food Society, Anchorage Chapter. Joe was a veritable encyclopedia of wine and food knowledge, both European and domestic. He philosophized, talked a lot about world economies, politics and subscribed to the 1927 prose poem "Desiderata." He was a life-long athlete, avid spectator of sports, voracious reader, and world traveler who loved music and dancing. After nearly fifty years in the seasonal hunting business, he retired in '12 as Alaska's most senior Master Guide. He took hundreds of clients on hunting and fishing trips and shared once-in-a-lifetime Alaska wilderness experiences with them. He told "bear" and other stories and had hoped to finish his memoirs. Prior to guiding, Joe worked for New York Life and Occidental Life Insurance in Anchorage. Joe died from cancer, Saturday, November 8, 2014, in the company of loving family and friends in Enumclaw, WA. He was preceded in death by both his younger sisters, Rosemary C. Gartelman (April '10) and Regina Marie Randall (January '82). He is survived by his three children whom he was very proud of; M. Therese O'Neill (Ed) of Enumclaw, WA, Joe T. Hendricks of Phoenix, AZ and Meganne M. Hendricks (Franklin Ellenson) of Anchorage, AK. He is also survived by grandchildren: Kevin "Riley" and Claire Prestegard, Rivers and Tegan Hendricks and Jacob and Leo Ellenson, plus numerous nieces. A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1614 Farrelly Street, Enumclaw, WA, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10 a.m., followed by a Christian burial at Holy Family Cemetery at Krain in Enumclaw. The pall bearers will be: Ed O'Neill, Franklin Ellenson, Joe Hendricks, Kevin Prestegard, Brice Jones, Paul Williamson, Jim Matthews and Mark Christenson. He will receive military honors. Much thanks goes to the multiple caring physicians and wonderful healthcare providers and friends in Alaska, Arizona, California, Texas and Washington who helped Joe during the last two plus years. His quality of life was extended greatly. A Celebration of Joe's Life will be held in the spring on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Enumclaw, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana, The Wounded Warrior Project or St. Therese's youth Camp in Wasilla, Alaska. For additional information contact: [email protected]
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Nov. 27, 2014
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