– Bill was born to Louis and Eva (Leith) Hendricks on
8/10/1935 in Gervais. He was raised on the family farm in
Sublimity and worked on the farm until after high school. Bill
married Margaret Schwab on October 5, 1957 and they had 5
children. He then began his career as a mechanic working for
various companies in Oregon and Idaho including Frank Lumber and
then opened his own little shop in Sublimity which grew quickly
and he built and opened Sublimity Truck and Auto in 1973 and ran
it until 1982. He later divorced and married Eldora Edwardson on
September 18, 1978. He retired and continued using his mechanic
skills working part time throughout the valley. Bill was an avid
fisherman and a good one at that. Anyone who knew him could tell
you he enjoyed the ocean immensely. In
his later years this joy was taken from him as his health
declined. He continued to love to tell the stories of those
also was one of the initial contributors to the Sublimity
Harvest Festival which began in a little field in Sublimity with
one farmer betting another his tractor could pull further than
the other. Bill built the sled that was pulled by the tractors.
The festival has grown and is continuing each year.
is survived by his wife Eldora, children; Mark (Kathy)
Hendricks, Craig Hendricks and Karen (Ralph) Perlich all of
Stayton, Jeff Hendricks of Camas, WA: stepchildren; Daniel
Edwardson and Scarlett (Alan) Behnke: brothers; Tony Hendricks
of Sublimity and Eugene Hendricks of Scotts Mills, 15
grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by daughter Janet Hendricks, brother, Delbert Hendricks
and two grandchildren Sarah Perlich and Alexi Hendricks.
will be held Friday September 5th at 2 pm
at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sublimity. Interment
will be in St. Boniface Cemetery, Sublimity.
Donations may be made to Sublimity Harvest Festival PO
Box 86 Sublimity, OR 97385. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.