Richard Hendricks, age 79, of rural Corona, SD, passed away on November 23, 2020, at Milbank Area Hospital – Avera Health.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 27, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank, celebrated by Father Gary DeRouchey. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Wilmot. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a prayer vigil at 7:00 p.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Visitation will continue Friday morning, one hour prior to the Mass. Friends and family are invited.
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Richard Dean Hendricks was born on April 21, 1941, in Beardsley, MN, to Norbert and Ann (Reddy) Hendricks. He was the oldest of 12 children born into a hard-working farm family. Richard told many stories of his young adventures on the farm and working alongside his beloved father. Richard attended school in Beardsley. He joined the Minnesota National Guard and proudly served for six years. He also worked in construction and at the Big Stone Cheese Factory before returning to his love of farming.
He married Dixie Drewelow on April 27, 1968, in Beardsley, MN. They were blessed with 10 children which were Richard’s pride and joy along with his grandchildren. The family moved to rural Corona in 1971 where they have undertaken every farming challenge from dairy farming, to swine, to beef cattle, and working the land.
Richard loved God and family before anything else in life. He spent many hours worrying and praying for those he loved from his children, to his brothers and sisters, to his mother, and his neighbors. He believed in working hard and always doing your best no matter what the task. He wanted his children and grandchildren to always strive for excellence and be well-educated. He instilled in his children the saying, “A family that prays together, stays together.” Outside of family life, Richard enjoyed hunting, learning about history, and putting puzzles together.
Richard is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dixie of rural Corona, SD; his children: Calvin (Rochelle) Hendricks of Bloomington, MN; Aaron (Sheila) Hendricks of Junction City, KS; Marie (Dewey) Chapin of Marvin, SD; Nancy (Brad) Richey of Rapid City, SD; Sara (James) Nordquist of Waseca, MN; Jackie (Chad) Pew of Wilmot, SD; Debbie Hendricks (Jason McNinch) of Brandon, SD; Theresa Hendricks (Ty Lane) of Apple Valley, MN; Teddy (Rachel) Hendricks of Milbank, SD; Rachel (John) Geske of Centennial, CO; and Kelly Harrison of Boy Lake, MN; 25 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his mother, Ann Hendricks of Graceville, MN; and 11 siblings: Donald (Bonnie) Hendricks, Roger (Darlene) Hendricks, Jerry (Bonnie) Hendricks, Diane (Chuck) Hagen, Norbert (Rita) Hendricks, Mike (Kay) Hendricks, Kenny (Julie) Hendricks, Tom ( Sheila ) Hendricks, Bruce (Kathy) Hendricks, Steve (Sheila) Hendricks, and Denise (Pat) Vold; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Norbert Hendricks and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Warren and Marion Drewelow.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to Heart of the Whetstone Valley Horizons. (address is below)