Richard Earl (Dick) Hendrix, the first principal of the then-new LaSenita School, passed peacefully at home with his family on July 6, 2015.
Dick was born on Nov. 6, 1926, to Valen Paul and Hazel M. Hendrix in Jamestown, Kan. He attended high school in Gilcrest, Colo., as a freshman and sophomore, with his junior and senior years spent in Georgetown, Colo., where he graduated in 1944. After Dick's graduation, he and his family moved to Arkansas and shortly thereafter Dick joined the Army, where he was shipped to the Philippines and then to Japan immediately following its surrender in World War II. He served in Company B 46th Engineer Construction Battalion as a rifleman. At the time of his honorable discharge in October 1946, he received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon, Army of Occupation Ribbon (Japan), and two overseas service bars. Dick was very proud of his service to our country.
Upon returning to the states, and after trying his hand at farming, Dick attended the University of Arkansas, where he received his bachelor's degree in biological sciences and physical education and his master's in education administration.
In 1953, Dick went to Jamestown, Kan., for his first teaching/coaching position. In 1955, he moved to Kingman to teach physical education and coach the boys' sports teams. At Christmas break, he returned to Westville, Okla., and married his fiancé, Dorothy Effenberger, and brought her back west. While in Kingman, their oldest son, Richard, Edward was born. In 1957, he moved his family to Galena, Kan., where he taught and coached at Galena High School. In 1958, their second son, Michael Paul, was born. In 1967, they returned to Kingman, where he was principal at LaSenita Elementary School until he and Dorothy retired in 1987.
Dick loved to fish, hunt and spend time with his family. He and his wife and sons spent many weekends on the three lakes. Dick also enjoyed tournament fishing and won many trophies for his efforts.
Dick said that his greatest joys in life were his family, marrying Dorothy, seeing his sons graduate from college - Richard is a medical doctor in Fort Mohave, and Michael is a professional engineer and Mohave County administrator. He was proud being the grandfather of Michael Joshua, MD, and Richard Zachary, and great-grandfather of Richard Cole and Zachary Noah.
Dick is survived by his wife, Dorothy, son Dr. Richard (Buck), wife Stephanie, grandson Richard Zachary and his wife, Rachel M., and great-grandsons Richard Cole and Zachary Noah; son Michael and his wife, Cherie, and grandson Dr. Michael Joshua and his wife Rachel D.; sister Mary Hills; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Valen; and his sister, Norma Gail Hills.
Cremation will be handled through Sutton Memorial Funeral Home and no public services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation at pkdcure.org.