Henry Arthur Hendrickson, 95, of Livingston, Montana currently residing at the Madison Valley Manor in Ennis, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020.
Henry was born on May 8, 1925 in Calkins, South of White Sulphur Springs, Meagher County Montana. His parents were Arthur Henry Hendrickson and his wife, Alta K. (Schendel). He was a graduate of the Meagher County High School Class of 1944. He graduated early due to the prospect of enlisting in the US Army.
Henry served in the US Army during World War II from January 10, 1944 through May 6, 1946. After the war ended, Henry was honorably discharged with three Battle Stars for the battle of Ardennes, battle of Rhineland and the battle of Central Europe. One of the highlights of Henry’s life was to participate in the Big Sky Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on September 9, 2013. He saw the World War II Memorial and other war memorials with his son, Roger.
Henry was taught skills in the field of communication as a technician of the 70th signal battalion, which led him to become a cable splicer for Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company, (AT&T). While living in Great Falls he was promoted to the supervisor position until his family moved to the ranch at Wilsall in 1971. In the Bozeman area he worked as a cable splicer until his retirement following 33 years of service, in 1981.
Henry was married to Jene Pergande on June 23, 1951 at Hope Lutheran Church in Bozeman. The couple celebrated 64 years of marriage before her passing on March 20, 2016. Their only child, Roger was born in Great Falls, Montana March 3, 1954.
In 1990 a move was made to Livingston where they enjoyed gardening and watching the deer in their backyard. The couple moved to the Bozeman Lodge in 2015 where they made new friends and enjoyed many activities while there. One of Henry’s fondest memories was sharing his 95th birthday with his family on the patio of the Lodge and eating apple pie. He was a man of few words but always happy and friendly and looking forward to “what happens next.” He kept telling us he wanted to stick around to see the upcoming election; but the prospect of the next life outweighed his decision. He wanted to be near his son and that was when he moved to the Madison Valley Manor. He loved spending family time and visiting with relatives. His last request was to share a beer with Roger. He died peacefully and quietly.
Henry was survived by his son, Roger, and wife Lynn of Ennis. Grandchildren, Tara Graden and her husband, Bret of Livingston and Kalli Hendrickson of San Diego, California, three nieces, Dianne Russel, Jane Scott, and Alta Thompson, nephew, David Thompson and other relatives and friends.
Henry was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Alta; his wife Jene; siblings, Laverne “Sonny” House and Mildred Thompson.
Henry served on the Board of Directors of the Aspen Condo Association in Red Lodge, Montana; was a member of Clyde Part United Methodist Church and was an active participate of the Bozeman, Livingston, and Wilsall senior citizen organization.
A memorial funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 29, 11:00A.M. at the Franzen-Davis Funeral Home, a small reception will follow at the mortuary. Burial will then take place at the Wilsall Cemetery with veterans’ honors.
Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.
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