Marvin Charles Hendricks, 88, of Alma, Kansas, died Monday, September
3, 2012, at Stormont-Vail Health Care Center in Topeka. He was a
long-time resident of the community.
Marvin was born February 11, 1924, in rural Jewel County, Kansas, the
son of Ralph and Lulu Switzer Hendricks. He attended local schools
and graduated from Lovewell High School in 1941. He would say that
his further education came from the school of “Hard Knocks”.
On December 19, 1943, Marvin married Gwendolyn Stratman in Burr Oak,
Kansas, and they lived on a farm not far from where he was raised. In
1947 they moved to a farm south of Alma where they lived until 1952.
Marvin and Gwen moved into Alma in 1952 and purchased Mueller
Hardware. They went into business as Hendricks Hardware, adding a
service side to the hardware business. Marvin worked as a plumber and
electrician and also installed furnaces and air conditioners until
his health forced him to retire from that part of the business.
Marvin served many of his customers at all hours of the day and night.
Marvin served his community in many different ways during his life.
He served on the City Council, and was elected Mayor in the 1970s. He
was an active Rotary member for many years and also was a part of a
group of local gentlemen who worked to establish the Alma Manor and
Flint Hills Foods, both of which remain important in Alma today. He
served many years as a Board member of the local bank and served on
the Stockgrower’s State Bank Board of Directors at the time of his
death. Marvin was a long-time member of St. John Lutheran Church and
he served there in many different ways.
Marvin leaves his wife, Gwen, of 68 years. She survives at their
home. He is also survived by his children, Ann Miller and her
husband, Mike, Cashiers, North Carolina, Larry Hendricks and his wife,
Kathy, and Don Hendricks and his wife, Rosa, both of Alma; his six
grandchildren, Keith Rozak and his wife, Kim, Ft. Meade, Florida,
Karen Kewn and her husband, John, Mooresville, North Carolina, Brent
Hendricks and his companion, Bethany Dow, Alma, Traci Hendricks and
her companion Trevor Davis, Burbank, Oklahoma; Becky Schumacher and
her husband, Dustin, Hays and Kelsey Schrempp and her husband, Randy,
Maple Hill, and two great-grandchildren, Bailey Rozak and Kason
Schrempp. Marvin is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Dorothy
Ferguson, Margaret Strdlant and an infant brother.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 7,
2012, at St. John Lutheran Church in Alma. Reverend Robert Grimm will
be officiating. There will be a private family inurnment. The family
will greet friends on Thursday from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at
Campanella-Gentry Funeral Home. They suggest memorial contributions
to St. John Lutheran Church or the Alma Foundation for a vocational
scholarship, and those may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.campanellafuneral.com/.