Friday, 27 May 2022

Don Hendricks

Don Hendricks. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Don Hendricks passed away on Nov. 19, 2021, at the age of 97.

He was born Sept. 3, 1924, in Lakeport, California, to Marion (Hooley) Hendricks and Ruth (Wray) Hendricks. Both of his parents came from pioneer families (Hendricks, Morris, Wray and Rantz) most of whom had settled in Lake County prior to and during the Civil War.

Don attended Lakeport schools and graduated in the class of ‘41 from Clear Lake Union High.

During World War II, he served the Army Air Corps in Wisconsin teaching electronic communications to our troops.

After completing additional studies in electronic engineering at the University of Pacific (Stockton), he married Alice Megown in 1949.

Don worked for Pacific Gas and Electric as an estimator, transferred to Auburn, California, in 1966, and retired there in 1984. Don and Alice returned to Lake County in 1988.

Don served as an elected board trustee of the Lakeport schools (1964-1966). He was a certified lay leader and speaker for the United Methodist Church, a talented tenor for several choirs, and a member of Kiwanis in Auburn and Lakeport. As age began to limit his activities, he developed quite a reputation for baking zucchini bread for charities.

Don is survived by his brother, David (Kay) Hendricks; his daughter, Nancy Hendricks; two sons, Rich (Janelle) Hendricks and Doug Hendricks; nieces, Suzanne (Rob) Eamigh, Kathy (Max) Mills and Marion (Dale) Berry; nephew, Scott (Jennifer) Hendricks; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Alice, by two of his brothers, Robert (Bob) Hendricks and Stephen James (Jim) Hendricks, and by a great-granddaughter, Alicia Barger.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at United Christian Parish, 745 N. Brush St., Lakeport.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to United Christian Parish.

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