John William Hendricks, 90, of Cumberland, WI, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 after a short illness. John was born at home in Buffalo on February 9, 1927, the son of Louise and William Hendricks. After high school he joined the U.S. Coast Guard as a Cadet-Midshipman from 1945-47.
He graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education, and minors in physical education and social studies; he later earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Mankato State University. John taught high school mathematics and coached in Annandale from 1950-1953, and Glencoe from 1953-1968. The family then moved to Granite Falls where he was the Director of Student Personnel Services at the Area Vocational Tech School, until he retired in 1985.
For the next ten years he was a Financial Aid Consultant, and was active in White Bear Lake with numerous community and church activities. In 1995, he and Gay moved to Bella Vista, AR and lived there until October 2016 when they returned to their home in Cumberland. The organizations he enjoyed for many years were the Masonic Lodges in Annandale, Glencoe and more recently, the Garnet Lodge in White Bear Lake, as well as the Nomad Shrine Club in Bella Vista. While living in Arkansas, he was active in the National Historic Railway Society and the Sugar Creek Model Railroad Club. John and Gay loved their life in Bella Vista, spending winters in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and each summer returning to their lake cabin near Cumberland.
They traveled extensively, including numerous riverboat cruises in Europe, several trips to Australia and New Zealand, and many other favorites in the U.S. He was a voracious reader and always enjoyed the company of his family when they visited, where they all joined in working on jigsaw puzzles and domino games. And no matter where John lived, he always had a building or woodworking project in process.
John will be greatly missed by his loving family: his wife of 33 years, Gay Rauch Hendricks; his children (with Wilda Denton-Hendricks) Deborah Hendricks, Rebecca Hendricks (Ted Key), Bradley Hendricks (Marilyn Pearson Hendricks), and Cynthia Hendricks; his stepchildren Todd Rauch (Debbie), and Laura Flaherty (Andrew); his granddaughters Sarah Roemer, Elizabeth Roemer, and Rachel Hendricks-Key; and his step-grandchildren Kyle, Cody, and Austin Rauch; and Myles and Reagan Flaherty.
A memorial service and reception was held at the First United Methodist Church, 1120 11th Ave, Cumberland, WI on Tuesday, August 15 at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation held for one hour prior. The family would be grateful for memorials in John’s honor to the Buffalo Tree Reforestation Project (checks to the City of Buffalo, 212 Central Avenue, Buffalo, MN 55313; or call 763-682-1181 for credit card).