Terrance (Terry) Hendrickx began his journey on January 15, 1945, born to Louis and Emma (Swan) Hendrickx at their home in Tensed, Idaho. He grew up along Hangman Creek, where he and his brothers had many adventures. He attended grade school in Tekoa, Washington, and went on to Plummer, Idaho, for High School. It was there that he met the love of his life, Carla Storms. Terry and Carla were married on July 18, 1964, in DeSmet. They began their life together in Campbell, California, where Terry was working. They experienced city life, earthquakes, and many good times on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk before deciding to come back home to start their family.
After returning to farming for a short time, Terry began what turned into a lifelong career with Potlatch Corporation at the St. Maries Plywood Mill. It was there where he worked his way up from the new-hire call board to the Maintenance Superintendent of the Plywood Mill, a position he held until his early retirement in 2000. He worked with many people over the years and formed lasting friendships with many of them. His hard work paid off in the way of recreation with his friends and family. He and his family enjoyed many trips in their motorhome, weeklong adventures on horseback in the mountains, weekend o-mok-see competitions, hours on the lakes of north Idaho and Montana in their boat, and trips to the coast for fishing and recreation. He enjoyed hunting large game as well as birds, a skill that he passed on to his son in their many hunting expeditions.
After retirement, he perfected the skill of “planning” a trip in less than 24 hours. He and Carla enjoyed many road trips to wherever his whim would carry them, often visiting extended family along the way. As the years carried on, those road trips were replaced with trips to watch their ten grandchildren in the many sports and activities that they enjoyed during their school years. He adored his grandchildren. In their younger years, he spent countless hours working in his woodshop creating beautiful treasures for each of them. As they grew, he enjoyed teaching them how to use his woodworking tools to make their own creations. Grandpa’s workshop was a place of great fun and wonderful memories. He also tried his hand at babysitting when the kids were old enough to “survive” on their own. The stories of these babysitting adventures will surely live on for generations! As time marched on, he continued to support his grandchildren in their college adventures, young marriages, and of course, by loving on the great-grandchildren they brought into his life.
Terry’s journey on earth came to a peaceful end on October 17, 2020, when his journey to walk the streets of gold began. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Joseph, Gale, Lyle, and Russ, and sister Lolia. He is survived by Carla, his wife of 56 years; children Brenda (Mike) Walker, Jeff (Becky) Hendrickx, and Alycia (Michael) Warnecke; ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; and his sister, Karen.
Due to the family’s care and concern for those with compromised immune systems, there will not be a public service at this time. Kramer Funeral Home of Tekoa, Washington is caring for the family.
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