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Gail R. Hendricks

1934 - 2015 Obituary Condolences

Gail R. Hendricks passed away late Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
Gail was born July 27, 1934 in Tornillo, Texas, to Veva Shafer Hendricks and Ike Dwight Hendricks.

He grew up in the El Paso Valley, attending schools in Tornillo, Fabens, and Ysleta. After graduating from Fort Hancock High School, he attended Texas Christian University and graduated from New Mexico A&MA in 1958. In 1955, he married his high school sweetheart, Sue Lovelady, from Fort Hancock, Texas.

He served in the United States Army as a Lieutenant in the Medical Services Corps, from 1958 – 1960. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Army, he owned and operated a service station in Tommie's Town, East of Fort Hancock, as well as, a parts store in Denison, Texas. Later, Gail pursued his passion for education by earning his Masters of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Oklahoma. His teaching career lead him through Raton and Los Alamos, New Mexico, and finally, to Bozeman, Montana.
Gail taught English and reading, while coaching varsity football and sponsoring the Rodeo Club at Bozeman High School for 18 years. He was a great advocate for his students, and an inspiration to many. He always took the time to work one-on-one with his students, helping them to develop and grow into successful students, and members of society.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Hendricks of Alamogordo, New Mexico; aunt, Millie Saunders of El Paso, Texas; son, Robert G. Hendricks and daughter-in-law Gayle Hendricks from Arlington, Virginia; daughter Laura Lowry and son-in-law Brad Lowry, from Shawnee, Kansas; and sister, Claudia Rigsby of Benrook, Texas. His grandchildren, his pride and joy, are Kathryn and Kelsey Hendricks, and Lucas and Morgan Lowry.

Gail was an avid hunter, spirited collegiate sports fan, and veracious reader. He thoroughly enjoyed sharing culinary experiences with his many friends.
Gail was a caring and generous soul. He was happiest when he was helping others. He is loved and will be greatly missed.

Cremation has taken place.
A celebration of life was held on April 27th. Interment will occur in Willow Creek, Montana at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: Aplastic Anemia & MDS Foundation, 100 Park Ave., Ste. 108, Rockville, MD 20850, or a .
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 1 to May 31, 2015
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