Estle D. Hendrick


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, Kentucky, to John and Sara (Wells) Hendrick and was the youngest of 12 children. He lost his mother when he was nine years old. Estle married the love of his life, Dana L. Wilson on March 14, 1953, and shared 56 years together until she passed on Nov. 17, 2009. He was a U.S. 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 lifelong 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, Kentucky, Seth (Missy) Humphries of Paducah, Kentucky, and Mindy (Stephan) Hamaker of Frankton; 13 great-grandchildren, Andrew and Brandon Sowers, Eli Franco, Braxten, Brinley and Braelyn McAdams, Shay Hendrick, Katelynn and Lilly Humphries, Launa, Lainey and Drake Hamaker and Jasmine Adams; two great-great-grandsons, Chance Sowers and Adrian Adams; sisters-in-law, Shirley (Jim) Knight and Margarett (Rick) Runyan.
He is also survived by his companion of five years, Wanda Higgenbotham; 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; six sisters, Bertha (Virgil) McCune, Irene (Herman) Garmon, Hettie (Oscar) Wilson, Lucille (Hyman D.) Garrett, Doris (Charlie) Salmon and Lorene (Pete) Mroz; five 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 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at Harper & Dunnichay Funeral Home in Frankton with the Rev. Carol Whetsel-Alvernaz officiating. Burial will follow in Vinson Cemetery in Summitville with military graveside service conducted by the U.S. Army and the Elwood VFW Honor Guard.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 11, 2019, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Dale and Barbara Kessler
Jul 09, 2019
Estlle, our dear friend, you will be missed more than you would ever have realized. No better friend could we have ever had. Your and my days in dear ole Co. E. 2nd Bn. 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment was our first meeting, and memories will last me forever. What a great friend you were.