Robert Lee Hendricks was born on August 16, 1928, joining
his sister, Dorothy (McIntire), and his brother, Merton, in the growing family of Reinhold and Winifred Hendricks.
The family would further grow with the additions of three sisters: Mary Lu (Boeckmann), Louise (Johnston) and Ruth
(Harper), and two brothers: William and Raymond. Educated at Greenway Elementary and Bisbee High School,
Robert joined the Marines. His athleticism in high school (football, basketball, track and field) served
him well in the physical and mental demands of the USMC. In the course of his military training, boxing
was added to the list of athletic skills.
After his two years of military service, Robert attended Arizona State College at Tempe.
It would be there that Robert would meet his life’s companion, Harriet (Siek). For 65 years,
they faced life’s challenges hand-in-hand. The biggest and most satisfying of those challenges was
in raising their three sons: John (Glendale, AZ); David (Morenci, AZ) and Carl (Carlisle, PA).
36 years, Phelps Dodge (Bisbee/Morenci, AZ) was the beneficiary of Robert’s unequalled work ethic. Robert
continued building his resume as a Corrections Officer at the Cochise County Jail (Bisbee, AZ) working there for six years.
January 28, Robert was reunited with his parents (Reinhold and Winifred), sisters (Dorothy, Mary Lu, and Louise), and brothers
(Merton and Raymond). Surviving siblings Ruth (Sierra Vista, AZ) and William (Goodyear, AZ) continue the
Hendricks’ heritage of humor and compassion. In addition to being the loving husband and father,
Robert was “Uncle Bob” to 27 nieces and nephews, as well as being Grandpa to three and Great-grandpa to five.
more than 23 years, Robert enjoyed the well-earned life as a retiree. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting,
and fishing – especially fishing – and many sports, in particular, baseball. From coaching
the three boys in baseball for 12 years to attending Baltimore Orioles games, the American pastime gave him great pleasure.
However, it was his love of family that guided Robert’s life. He will be missed by all. Smiles
will forever follow each thought and memory of his life.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on February 20th at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery,
Sierra Vista, Arizona. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, assisted the family with the arrangements.
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