Robert Harlow Hendricks, 90
Robert Harlow Hendricks, 90
Through the saving grace of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the eternal spirit of Robert Harlow Hendricks, peacefully passed from his 90 year old body, to immortality on July 26, 2014. He is free again to enjoy the company of his beloved wife, parents and loved ones who preceded him to paradise.
Born February 29, 1924 to John Harlow and Thelma Egbert Hendricks in Marysville, Idaho, Robert enjoyed the simple pleasures of childhood as he grew up on the family farm. He recalled his grandparent’s homesteads at Mesa Falls and Rock Creek He thrived on hard work and was the epitome of perpetual motion; always the first to arrive and the last to leave any worthy endeavor. Robert grew spiritually from a young age and sacrificed often for the Savior and his family. Those who knew him as “Bob” would agree he was like Nathanael, of whom Jesus said, “an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” His faithful dedication to his scouting and priesthood callings, honesty and work ethic has been and will yet be an inspiration to his posterity.
Bob attended schools in North Salem, Sugar Salem and St. Anthony. He loved to cross country ski and often went to the sand dunes after milking cows on moonlit winter nights. During WWII, Bob reported for military duty, but was deferred for a broken ankle that healed improperly when as a youth, he jumped from a haystack, felt pain, but simply tightened the shoe laces on his boot and kept working. Bob volunteered for a call to help in the harvest his senior year of high school. He barely missed the required credits for high school graduation. Fern Hughes, a wonderful social worker for the Alliance Home Health and Hospice, solicited Bob’s honorary high school diploma and he recently received it 72 years after that chaotic time when lives were disrupted and lost to preserve freedom around the globe.
Bob first met LaDean Murray in Grace, Idaho in a department store and then on a blind date. They were sealed in the Logan LDS Temple on November 10, 1943. They had been married 69 years when LaDean passed away July 7, 2013. He remained by her side through her declining health. Their children are Robert Dean (Marilee) Hendricks, Pamela (Robert) Carey, Michael (LaRita) Hendricks, Morgan (Miriam) Hendricks and Marsha (Troy) Ricks.
Bob farmed with is in-laws, Joseph Woodward and Luella Murray, worked on the State Hospital South farm and later as a hospital attendant. He worked for and retired as a custodian for the LDS Church. He also drove trucks for area farmers. Bob sang in church choirs and also composed and received copyrights for his original songs. He designed and sold a “J” hook harness for moving sprinkler pipe and designed plans for a modern dairy barn. During retirement, Bob and LaDean served as temple ordinance workers and also served missions to the Idaho Falls Temple Visitor Center and local Family History Library. They traveled across the United States to see children and grandchildren.
Only the words, “Inasmuch as yea have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me,” can express the countless acts of service Bob rendered to those in need. Family members often shared the dinner table with complete strangers who were drawn into Bob’s net of Christ-like love and who received a meal, clothing and money to help them on their way. Bob made no distinction with regards to class, station or race. He freely gave of his time, means and possessions with no thought of return.
Bobo followed the example of Jesus, who said, “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.” Bob’s homemade prescription remedy of patience, love, candy, cookies and ice cream seemed to cure any real or perceived childhood ailment. To LaDean’s chagrin, children always wanted Grandpa.
Memories of Robert Harlow Hendricks will settle softly into the recess of our sorrowing souls, like crystal white snowflakes drifting on a breeze during the winter of separation. There they accumulate until the warmth of a future day melts the veil that separates him from us and we see again his loving eyes, hear the soft tones of his voice and experience the embrace of his caring arms drawing us in, never to let go.
Robert Harlow Hendricks was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack and Don; and sister, Betty Lou Reed.
He is survived by his children; 22 grandchildren; 62 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren, who much now find another source for cookies, candy and ice cream.
The family would like to thank members of the Blackfoot 9th Ward, dear friends, the local medical community, Dr. Fackrell and Alliance Home Health and Hospice for their kindness and expertise.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Blackfoot 9th Ward LDS Church, 1289 Mt. Putnam Drive. Family will meet with friends and relatives from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will follow at the Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.