Neil Ray Hendricks was born on August 24, 1922, in Kiowa, to parents, James Franklin Hendricks and Ila Hendricks (née Baxter). His father owned and operated a cotton gin in Kiowa for many years.
In the 1930s, he and his family moved to McAlester. His education continued there, with special focus on the arts and sciences. Neil entered Oklahoma A&M University in 1940, but interrupted his studies to join the United States Navy during World War II. During that conflict, he served as an aviation radio technician's mate on Kodiak Island in Alaska. (Following his war service, Neil's advocacy for peace would continue for the rest of his life.)
After the war, he courted Sylvia Treviño - a resident of Brownsville, Texas. They married there on October 21, 1946. He moved to Stillwater with his new bride to continue his studies, earning a bachelors degrees in art and industrial engineering.
With two daughters now, they returned to Brownsville, Texas, where the growing family lived until 1955. With a career opportunity at the University of Texas, the family of seven re-located to Austin, Texas, where three more children were born. Neil worked - first as a sound engineer for the language lab at Batts Hall, then as assistant language lab director at the University of Texas.
In 1969, he divorced Sylvia and moved to Reno, Nevada, where he married Yoshiko Tezuka in May 1970. He lived in Reno for the next 40 years, where he was active with the Friends' Meeting of Reno.
In 2010, Neil returned to Austin, Texas, where he lived with his son, James, until a few months before his death on January 7, 2018.
He was preceded in death by his father, James; mother, Ila; brother, Robert Vincent; son, Ronald Vincent; first wife, Sylvia, and second wife, Yoshi Hendricks.
His seven surviving children are Tina Burnette, Ila Hendricks, Lisa Hendricks, Ruth Hendricks, James Hendricks, Nettie Hendricks and Melanie Pagette.
A memorial service will be held on April 7, at 11 a.m. It will be at the Friends' Meeting of Austin, located at 3701 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, in Austin, Texas.
More on his remarkable life at: neilhendricks.blogspot.com
Published on March 11, 2018