Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at St. John's Catholic Church, 205 S. Pine St., Arcola, with Father Barry Harmon as celebrant. A Vigil Service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, with visitation following from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 66 East U.S. Highway 36, Atwood. Burial will be in the Mackville Cemetery, Atwood.
John was born on Sept. 7, 1928, in Moultrie County, the son of Harold E. "Red" and Irene Swanz Hendrickson. He married Phyllis VonLanken. He then married L. Jean Cook Reeder on June 15, 1977, in Decatur.
Survivors include his wife; son, Gary L. Hendrickson of Suzhou, China; daughter, Margaret A. Kamm and husband, Howard, of Atwood; step-son, Kevin Reeder and wife, Debby of Waukesha, Wis.; four grandchildren, Melissa Kamm, Kimberly (Shawn) Robinson, James (Joan) Reeder and Joseph (Shannon) Reeder; six great-grandchildren, Jordan Reeder, Grace Reeder, Evan Reeder, Aiden Reeder, Ian Reeder and Riley Robinson; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister and a great-granddaughter, Gabriella Reeder.
Memorials are suggested to St. John's Catholic Church, St. Mary's Hospital Foundation or donor's choice.
John farmed for over 60 years. He retired from USI Chemical Company in Tuscola, where he worked for 35 years as a process engineer. John was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Arthur Masonic Lodge, Springfield Ansar Shrine and the Danville Consistory. He retired after serving 30 years as the commander for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 2nd western district.
He was an avid bird watcher and he loved animals of all kinds.
Online condolences to the family may be sent via hilligossshraderfh.com.