Henry D. Hendricks, age 58, of McCune, Kan., passed away November 16, 2010 at Via Christi Hospital, Wichita.
Henry was born January 22, 1952 in Columbus, Kan., the oldest child of Henry L. and Veleta Briscoe Hendricks.
He attended school in Columbus, graduating from CUHS in 1970. Henry was active in 4H, and involved in band, choir, and school musicals. He earned both a Bachelor and Master of Arts from Pittsburg State University (1974 and 1976), with a major in Music Performance.
After graduating from PSU, Henry taught music (piano, voice, strings) and directed musicals in the school districts of Joplin, Mo.; Kansas City, Mo., and Columbus, Kan.
He sang in the Lyric Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in Kansas City, Mo. While working at Macy's Kansas City he developed an interest in fine jewelry where he learned the fine art of pearl and diamond consulting. In addition to Kansas City, he consulted for years in Houston, Texas and West Palm Beach, Fla. before returning to the Columbus area.
Henry and his family were members of Calvary Baptist Church, Columbus, where he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior as a young man.
After returning to Columbus, he returned to his love for music where he served as the choir director at Calvary Baptist and at First United Methodist Church, Columbus.
Henry was very talented and creative. He had a beautiful tenor voice, participating in the musicals as a student at CUHS. Later he would reintroduce musicals at Central Middle School. He directed memorable Christmas programs at FUMC.
Henry loved painting, gardening, and decorating his house and yard. He cherished life, and was a wonderful mentor and friend.
Henry was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his partner of 21 years, Mike Clark, McCune; his step-mother, Shirley Hendricks; brother, Dennis and wife, Sharon, Hendricks; sister, LaRita Hendricks; all of Columbus; two step sisters, Shaunda, and husband David, Ross, Scammon, Kan.; Daunna, and husband, Dale, Hart, Carl Junction, Mo.; an Aunt, Maxine, and husband, Dallas, Tenbrook, Wichita, Kan.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be 2:30 p.m., Saturday, November 20 at the First United Methodist Church, 320 W. Maple, Columbus, Kansas with the Reverend Susan Daniel-Brey and the Reverend Gayle Tenbrook officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. before the service.