Hendricks, Gerald

April 10, 2018

Gerald Hendricks May 6, 1931 - April 7, 2018 Gerald Leon Hendricks, 86, of Blackfoot, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Saturday, April 7, 2018 at his home. He was born in Declo, ID on May 6, 1931 to Thomas Hendricks and Irene Jacobsen Hendricks, the second son in a family of nine children. Gerald married Barbara Conkle in Fort Hall, ID on February 10, 1956. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Gerald spent his early childhood in the Salmon area on various ranches and mines where his father worked. Walking to school with his siblings, even riding a sled to school in Gilmore, and exploring each area was an adventure. Gerald and his family moved to Fort Hall when he was fourteen years old. He graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1950 where he was active in track, FFA, and football. Because of his lack of transportation, he would hitch-hike from Blackfoot to Fort Hall after each practice. After graduation, Gerald spent four years in the Air Force during the Korean War . He returned to the Fort Hall area where he farmed and raised cattle until his retirement. Gerald had been president of the Rocky Mountain Angus Association, president of the Fort Hall Cattlemen’s Association. He was a 4-H leader in Fort Hall, a Scout leader, a member of the Bingham Mounted Sheriff’s Posse, the Eastern Idaho Cutter Association, the American Angus Association, and the American Quarter Horse Association. Gerald also served in many positions in the LDS church. Working with the youth was his favorite calling. After selling the ranch, he and Barb moved to the Rose area. Gerald was a loving, kind, and accepting person who believed in the worth of everyone he met. He loved helping his neighbors as the need arose. He could fix and build anything on the ranch and in the house. Gerald was a very hard worker doing everything the ranch required, and he was very proud of the mountain wagon that he rebuilt and the team he used to pull it with. He often could be seen driving his buggy up and down the roads in Fort Hall. Gerald’s passion was horses. He loved to ride hours on roundups, ride in competitions, and ride just for fun. However, Gerald’s love was his family especially his two wonderful daughters. The girls, Jodie and Jackie, were great help on the ranch, riding on roundups, helping with the newborn calves, driving tractors, and with whatever needed to be done. He was so proud of their accomplishments with the cattle and horses in 4-H, with their achievements in school, and later with their teaching. He loved to go camping and riding 4-wheelers in the mountains with the family. He especially loved being with his grandchildren. Gerald was so excited to have a granddaughter when Kacie entered into the family. Then came along Benjamin. How he loved that young man. Gerald is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Jodie (Rob) Smith of New Plymouth, ID, Jackie Bombard of Blackfoot, ID; grandchildren, Benjamin Smith of New Plymouth, ID and Kacie (Eric) Whitsitt of Springfield, OR and great grandson, Graham Whitsitt; brothers, Dennis (Shirley) Hendricks, of Heber City, UT, Jim (Arlene) Hendricks of Idaho Falls, ID; sisters, Joan Carlson of Sharpsburg, GA, Viv (Robert) Berrett of Phoenix, AZ, DeLoa Perkins of Pocatello, ID, and a brother-in-law, Don Conkle of Fort Hall, ID. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Irene Hendricks, brothers, Loren, Delbert and Bob Hendricks as well as his in-laws, Melvin and Pearl Conkle. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2018 at the Rose LDS Chapel. Family will meet with friends on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 6-8:00 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.hawkerfuneralhome.com . View the online memorial for Gerald Hendricks