Richard Allen Hendricks (AKA Rick-IT), at 56 years of age, passed away on Wednesday the 19th of August 2020, in Abilene, Texas.
Memorial services will be held at 3:00 pm on August 22, 2020, at Abilene State Park. Services are under the direction of the Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Rick was born in Houston, Texas to Ulmont and Valerie Hendricks on July 24, 1964. He went to Oklahoma University for Criminal Justice. He married Cheryl J. May on July 13, 1984 in Wichita, Kansas. Rick was a veteran of the U.S. Airforce, worked as a manager of Hertz Car Sales, owned his own lawn service, managed and renovated 3 apartment complexes, then decided to shift gears and became a Firefighter/Medic for the town of Wewoka. From there, he became the Managing Editor of the local newspaper. When he wasn’t chasing stories he was chasing storms as a volunteer Emergency Response Team coordinator. He was then recruited by the Wagoner Tribune to be the Managing Editor for Wagoner Oklahoma’s local newspaper, later leaving the Wagoner Tribune with his wife Cheryl to answer the call of the open road, and they team drove semi-trucks for 4 years. He then decided to work with cancer patients at Hillcrest Medical Hospital until the Claremore Police Department asked him to be a 911 dispatcher. While working at the police department he was promoted to the Evidence Officer and Information Technology Support Manager. He worked there until he retired.
Rick was preceded in death by his father Ulmont, his mother Valerie, and two siblings Earl and Betty.
Rick is survived by his wife Cheryl, son Michael and daughter-in-law Cheyenne, son Jerimie and daughter-in-law Cherron, daughter Darlene and son-in-law Brandon, his grandchildren Sebastian, Briana, Haley, and Quinton and granddaughter-in-law Kaetlyn.