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Steven Craig Hendricks

November 22, 1948 December 18, 2018
Steven Craig Hendricks
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Obituary for Steven Craig Hendricks

Stephen (Steve) Hendricks, age 70 , bought the farm, is no more, has ceased to be, left this world, is bereft of life, gave up the ghost, kicked the bucket, murió, c'est fini. Steve left us on December 18, 2018 after a wimpy non-battle with congestive heart failure/lupus, after almost three years to the date of the lupus diagnosis. No one should say he fought a courageous battle, because he did not! Unlike most folks, he complained all the way. What a whiner! He was ready to quit treatment many times, but his family pushed him to continue, which was good, since he then had time to have parties and say goodbye to friends and relatives. He tried to learn Spanish for 25 years, achieving the ability to order beer and find a bathroom.
Steve had a love of people especially women. There isn’t enough space here to list all of the women from Steve’s past. He attracted more women than a shoe sale at Macy’s until he attached to his long life mate, Pam. She was a blessing to his life and caused him to settle down and devote 36 years to the person that he loved and cared for more than life. Steve’s stubbornness from his heritage caused problems but his heart overcame that stubbornness. Steve has three grandkids and two kids that he loved from Pam’s previous marriage and enjoyed growing up with those wonderful human beings.
Steve loved Mexican food, melons, fruits, Purdue Basketball, political dissent, beautiful women, Reese Cups and craft beer. Not necessarily in that order.
He lived 1,000 years in the 70 calendar years we had with him, because he attacked life; he grabbed it by the lapels, kissed it and swung it back onto the dance floor. Craft beer makers are devastated by the loss of Steve.
Steve was born in Elwood, Indiana to his great parents, Carolyn M. (Singer) Hendricks and Robert J. Hendricks in 1948. He often disputed the date on his birth certificate stating that his Mom was under much distress and the date may have been 1958. Steve never thought that he was that old. His parents were children of the depression and worked to make a good life for him and his siblings while denying themselves the profits of that hard work. Steve was a spoiled child and was fortunate to have parents that believed in education, allowing Steve to attend Purdue University to begin his career in engineering in Chicago and then to the west coast. Steve also attended Governor’s State University in Chicago along with several other courses for design certificates. Steve attended Northland Pioneer College in Winslow AZ and the Santa Rosa JC and Sonoma State for his prep for a CA teaching certificate.
Steve’s family moved to Swayzee, IN so his Dad could manage the Swayzee Telephone Co (two employees total for the job) Wayne Minix was the first friend in Swayzee but when Steve started 5th grade he met his lifelong friend Linley Martin. Steve and Lin were best friends all during high school and managed to stay in touch throughout life sometimes closely, sometimes miles apart. But throughout life and the changes, they remained friends even though they weren’t close in physical location. He will always be my life long friend and we have shared many experiences together.
Gary Bellinghausen was also a very good friend and we also did many projects together. He was the best friend of Pam’s ex-husband and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to meet him but it was sure a lucky break for me as Gary was a good worker and helped us on many projects as long as we had beer to drink.
Bill Irwin was also a good friend as we shared a house in Winslow AZ. Bill showed me the back country around Northern AZ and I loved it. Bill and I were the subjects of many rumors in Winslow.
I have been blessed with some very close friends and many other good friends.
Steve loved his step-kids and his grandkids. The grandkids were the highlight of his life and he was so grateful to have been a young “Papa” and be able to enjoy the physical rigors of entertaining grandkids. The highlight of Steve’s life was his spouse, best friend, care-giver and love of his life, Pam. Steve and Pam enjoyed remodeling houses in which they lived and his desire to continue building continued to the end. Steve also enjoyed being a docent at the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum until his disability prohibited him from participating.
Unlike previous times, this is not a ploy to avoid creditors or old girlfriends or the FBI. He assures us that he is gone. He will be greatly missed. There will be no viewing, since his wife refuses to honor his request to have him standing in the corner of the room with a glass of wheat beer in his hand so he would appear natural to visitors. Steve asked friends and family to perform an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for some poor soul in Steve’s name, instead of sending flowers.

Written by Steve Hendricks
April 2018

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