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Robert Hendricks

Hawarden, Iowa ~ Robert John “Bob” Hendricks, 92, of Hawarden, died on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Hawarden Regional Healthcare Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Doug Klein officiating. Burial will follow in the Grace Hill Cemetery with Military Rites by the Alcester VFW. Visitation with the family will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Robert John Hendricks was born March 16, 1924 in rural Plymouth County, near Akron, Iowa, the son of Evert and Gladys (McMahon) Hendricks. He graduated from the Akron High School in 1942. He worked in a packing house in Sioux City before serving in the war. Bob served in the US Army as a parachutist in the Asiatic Pacific serving from March 2, 1945 to December 3, 1946. He was stationed with the 11th Airborne in Yamagata Sendai Headquarters on the island of Honshu in Japan for the occupation. Following his discharge, Bob began working for the railroad in Alcester and later for Cy Youngkin in the body shop in Hawarden, Iowa. Later he worked for Rex Truesdell.

Bob married Dorothy Johnson on September 11, 1947 at Beresford, South Dakota. Together they made their home in Hawarden where he owned and operated the B & B Body Shop from 1947 until retirement in 1986. Following his retirement, Bob worked part time for Sioux Fertilizer for many years.

He was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hawarden, the Knights of Columbus, Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Hawarden American Legion and the Alcester VFW. He enjoyed doing family genealogy and dancing with Dorothy.

Survivors include the love of his life, wife Dorothy; six children, Linda and Mick Mapes of Platte City, Missouri, Betty Helm of Pueblo, Colorado, Mike and Gita Hendricks of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jane and Randy Larson of Hawarden, Julia and Mark Wells of Ireton, Iowa and Patrick and Mary Hendricks of Hawarden; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; his brother, Fay and Millie Hendricks of Alcester, South Dakota; and a brother-in-law, Ray Streeter of Columbus, Missouri.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jim Hendricks; and his sister, Mary Jean Streeter.


5:30 p.m. t - 7:00 p.m. ,Monday, May 9, 2016
St. Mary's Catholic Church of Hawarden
1121 Avenue L Hawarden, Iowa 51023

Prayer Service

7:00 p.m. ,Monday, May 9, 2016
St. Mary's Catholic Church of Hawarden
1121 Avenue L Hawarden, Iowa 51023

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 a.m. ,Tuesday, May 10, 2016
St. Mary's Catholic Church of Hawarden
1121 Avenue L Hawarden, Iowa 51023

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My deepest sympathy for the family. Bob was a very friendly kind man and a good neighbor. He will be missed.

Kathy Keltz May 10 2016 12:00 AM

Dorothy & Family,
We were saddened to here of Bob's passing. We remember him as a gentle sole, and was always compassionate of others. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Jim & Joan Ahart May 9 2016 12:00 AM

My sympathy for your loss. I only have met two daughters and I enjoyed them so much. Cherish the great memories.

Marlene Daale

Marlene Breukelman-Daale May 9 2016 12:00 AM

My sympathies in the loss of your dad, Pat. Hugs to you and Mary.

Melinda Dion May 9 2016 12:00 AM

Mike and Family I am so sorry for your loss. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

Gretchen Bamsey May 9 2016 12:00 AM

Dorothy and family, I was so sorry to hear about Bobs's death. My sympathy to you and your family. I graduated with Bob in 1942 and enjoyed visiting with him at our All Class Reunion a year ago in June. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Phyllis Frisk May 8 2016 12:00 AM

He was a great guy~~kind, happy, handy, loving, honest, hard-working, friendly, and a treasure. It's difficult to live in a world without him. Hugs to Dorothy and to all "you kids" and your kids.

Glenda Ver Hoeven May 7 2016 12:00 AM