James N. “Pete” Hendricks, 89, of Columbus, passed from this life at 2:48 a.m. Monday, September 21, 2015, at his home.
Born April 23, 1926, in Brown County, Mr. Hendricks was the son of the Rev. James W. and Blanche Edna Moore Hendricks. He married Kathleen Carmichael January 25, 1953, in Freetown.
A 1946 graduate of Van Buren High School, Mr. Hendricks was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He served with the 106th Infantry during the European Theatre and was a replacement at the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged June 30, 1946.
He was part owner and mechanic in an automotive garage in West Newton, owned his own excavating and trucking company and retired in 1986 as a heavy equipment operator at Contractors United Inc.
Mr. Hendricks was a member of Harmony Baptist Church in Brown County. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Jasper, Florida, and Columbus Elks No. 521. He also was a member of Columbus Grange and Mill Race Center.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching NASCAR, and listening to country and gospel music.
Mr. Hendricks is survived by his wife of 62 years, Kathleen; a daughter, Mitzie (Michael) Salem of Freetown; four nieces; and three nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul E. Hendricks; and a sister, Helen Allen.
The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from noon until service time Friday.
Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery. Full military rites will be presented by Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Bellsville Cemetery Association or the donor’s choice of charities.
Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the Hendricks family at barkesweaverglick.com.