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Hendrix Joseph C. Hendrix, passed away in Columbus, Ohio on March 28, 2017 at the age of 98. A World War II veteran, Joe Hendrix dedicated his life to serving his community and his family. Born on July 2, 1918 in Gratis, Ohio, Joe and his brother Glen were raised by his parents Rev. Joe P. and Ruth Hendrix. He graduated from Oakwood High School in Dayton, Ohio and attended Otterbein College before working in the Dayton area. He is preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Lois P. Hendrix and survived by the four children they raised in the Dayton area and in Canal Winchester, Mary Jo Myers (Bill) of Roanoke, VA, Bill Hendrix (Judy) of River Falls, WI, Jackie Marion (David) of Canal Winchester, OH, and Karen Wynkoop (Terry) of Vancouver, WA. He is also survived by four granddaughters, two great-grandchildren, and a well-loved dog. Joe served in the United States Navy in World War II from December 29, 1943 to October, 17, 1945. He served on the USS Saturn which delivered critical supplies to European and Caribbean ports. In the fall of 1944 the ship sailed to the Mediterranean carrying supplies for the invasion and liberation of southern France. A few years ago Joe participated in an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. and was touched by the number of people who thanked the WWII veterans for their brave service. Last fall he was honored by the Canal Winchester American Legion Post 220 for 60 years of continuous service. After the war he and Lois lived and worked in Dayton, Ohio before moving to Canal Winchester in 1952. Joe worked as a maintenance technician in Central Ohio, becoming an expert on furnaces and air conditioners. After their four children were raised, Joe accepted a position with the National Park Service and he and Lois moved to Grand Canyon National Park in 1967. Over the next 16 years Joe worked at the Jefferson Memorial Expansion Arch, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Organ Pipe National Monument, and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, becoming a maintenance superintendent for the National Park Service. Joe was a scout leader, a Sunday School teacher, and sang in church choirs for numerous years. After retirement Joe volunteered at his church, delivered Meals on Wheels, and loved sharing slides of the beautiful parks where he and Lois lived over the years. His deep service to his community has long been an example to his children and grandchildren. Joe's family wishes to thank the staff of the Palliative Care Unit at Mt. Carmel East Hospital for their loving and expert care given to him in his last days. A service to celebrate Joe's life will be held on April 22, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Canal Winchester Hope United Methodist Church, 83 East Columbus Street. The family will receive visitors at the church at 12:30 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate funds to the Hope UMC choir for music or to your .

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 12, 2017
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