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Larry Hendricks

February 14, 1937 January 31, 2015
Larry Hendricks
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EDELSTEIN - Larry Hendricks, 77, of Edelstein passed away at 6:18 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. Larry was born in Peoria on Feb. 14, 1937, to Wilbur “Babe” and Elna (Chenoweth) Hendricks. He married Judy (Dwyer) Hendricks of Joliet on Aug. 19, 1961. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife, Judy; their son, Michael (Theresa) Hendricks of Dunlap; three sisters, Kay Coyle of Dubuque, Iowa, Lynn (Tony) Adams of Canton, and Janet Deal of Peoria. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Zachary, Johnathon, and Elizabeth; as well as many nieces and nephews. Larry attended Greeley Grade School and graduated from Woodruff High School in 1955. During this time, he enjoyed being a caddy at Peoria Country Club, serving on Student Council, and hanging out at Cerre’s Confectionery. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany until his honorable discharge. He then returned to Peoria, trying his hand at selling Fuller Brushes door-to-door then working at Pabst Brewing in Peoria Heights. He finally settled in at International Paper, eventually being promoted to a head pressman, and worked there until his retirement when the Peoria Pioneer Park plant was closed. He was proud of his job and would point out which Libby’s and Campbell’s soup labels were printed on his shift and press when shopping at grocery stores. Outside of work, Larry enjoyed raising cattle, baling hay, and being a gentleman farmer. He also enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. He was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church in Dunlap, moving with the parish to St. Jude Catholic Church when it was built. Larry was a loving and beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was a great mentor and teacher. His passing, while hard, comes after 37 years of battling cardiovascular disease and other ailments. He was a testament to strength of will and to the continuous evolution of modern medicine. A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at St. Jude Catholic Church. Father Patrick Henehan will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church. A private burial will be in St. Clement Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate at 530 NE Glen Oak or to the OSF Foundation. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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