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Estle D. Hendrick, age 89, of Frankton, left his earthly body on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Riverview Hospital.
He was born on June 1, 1930, in Cofer, KY to John and Sara (Wells) Hendrick and was the youngest of 12 children. He lost his mother when he was 9 years old. Estle married the love of his life, Dana L. Wilson on Mar. 14, 1953, and shared 56 years together until she passed on Nov. 17, 2009. He was a US Army veteran and he instigated and reconnected with several of his army buddies. They spent many years having reunions together. Estle retired from General Motors in 1983 after 30 years of service. He was a life long carpenter, loved restoring old cars and has owned numerous ones throughout his life. He loved more than anything spending time with his family.
Estle is survived by his two daughters, Anita (Phil) Alexander of Frankton and Laura (Paul) Adams of New Palestine, six grandchildren, Lisa (Mike) Sowers of Frankton, Kristy (Carlos) Franco of Indianapolis, Jana (Rick) McAdams of Frankton, Jason Hendrick of Edmonton, KY, Seth (Missy) Humphries of Paducah, KY, & Mindy(Stephan) Hamaker of Frankton. Thirteen great grandchildren, Andrew & Brandon Sowers, Eli Franco, Braxten, Brinley & Braelyn McAdams, Shay Hendrick, Katelynn & Lilly Humphries, Launa, Lainey & Drake Hamaker and Jasmine Adams. Two great great grandsons, Chance Sowers & Adrian Adams. Sisters-in-law, Shirley (Jim) Knight and Margarett (Rick) Runyan. He is also survived by his companion of 5 years, Wanda Higgenbotham and her children, Cindy Dwiggins, Jane (Joe) Kubel and John Higgenbotham and several nieces and nephews.
Estle was preceded in death by his parents, John and Sara Hendrick, son, Keith Hendrick, 6 sisters, Bertha (Virgil) McCune, Irene (Herman) Garmon, Hettie (Oscar) Wilson, Lucille (Hyman D) Garrett, Doris (Charlie) Salmon and Lorene (Pete) Mroz, 5 brothers, Elbert (Sally) Hendrick, Fred (AnnaBea) Hendrick, Elvis (Mamie) Hendrick, Roy (Ida) Hendrick, and Thomas Earl(Mildred) Hendrick, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service celebrating Estle's life will be at 11:00 am Friday, July 12, 2019 at Harper & Dunnichay Funeral Home in Frankton with Rev. Carol Whetsel-Alvernaz officiating. Burial will follow in the Vinson Cemetery in Summitville with military graveside service conducted by the US Army and the Elwood VFW Honor Guard.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 11, 2019, from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, at Harper & Dunnichay Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences can be given at www.dunnichayfuneralhome.com