Hendricks, Rayman Michael

December 25, 2016 GMT

Rayman Michael Hendricks September 14,1937 - December 18, 2016 R. Michael Hendricks, formerly of Wilmington, DE, born in Salt Lake City, UT, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 79 on Saturday December 17th in Kennett Square, PA. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Marilyn Nugent Hendricks of Kennett Square, PA; son R. Matthew Hendricks of Wilmington, DE and grandson Rayman A. Hendricks, II of Prescott, AZ. Mike was born in Salt Lake City, UT. Attaining the honor of Eagle Scout at the young age of 16 brought him much joy. He graduated with honors from Pocatello High School in Pocatello, ID and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Mike and Marilyn married in 1959 and relocated to Johnston, SC where Mike started his career at Milliken. Mike and Marilyn then relocated to Salt Lake City, UT in 1963 where Mike started a distinguished career with Hercules Incorporated. Relocating to Wilmington, DE in 1967, Mike continued his career with Hercules. During this time, he and Marilyn immersed themselves in the Wilmington community. Mike enjoyed his travels to Asia, South America and Europe negotiating business ventures and managing business units for Hercules. He became the first President and Chief Operating Officer of Himont, Inc., a joint venture of Hercules and Montedison, S.p.A. of Italy. He retired from Himont after more than 30 years of service to Hercules/Himont. He subsequently served on the Board of Trustees of Wilmington Friends School and as Board Chair for 3 years. In retirement, Mike and Marilyn traveled extensively. His love of traveling and experiencing other cultures led him to visit 74 countries through both business and leisure travel. Mike and Marilyn relocated to Kennett Square, PA earlier this year. Mike’s passion for history and science was well known and fueled his intellectual appetite. He loved his family, especially his grandson Ray. Always open-minded, generous and compassionate, Mike’s presence will be greatly missed by friends and family; he made a difference in our worlds. Memorial Service will be held on Thursday Dec. 29 at 4 pm from The Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home from 3:30 - 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mike’s name to Wilmington Friends School in Wilmington, DE. For online condolences Please see chandlerfuneralhome.com 302-478-7100