Lynn Lester Hendrickson was born to Ira and Amanda Hendrickson February 20, 1925 in Adena and entered his heavenly home on April 15, 2017. A person's life is contained in the dash between the date of birth and the date of death. Lynn's 92 years contained quite a life that impacted many. At the age of 11 he met a girl named Joyce Curtis. Joyce was the love of his life. They were married on January 30, 1945. It was a marriage that lasted a life a lifetime, sixty-three years, until Joyce's passing. Through their union they had four children; Connie, Terry, Laurie, and Scott. Lynn's family was more than just his wife and children. Lynn welcomed everyone as family. He welcomed his nieces, nephews, children's friends and their spouses as part of his family. Everyone who met Lynn viewed him as a great man and role model. Seldom could you walk away from a "Lynn Encounter" without a bit of wisdom, entertainment, amusement, or a little confused. Lynn was a WWII veteran serving in the Korean Peninsula. The unit's duty was to clear the remnants of Japanese soldiers. As a testament to Lynn's kindness, he volunteered for all of the KP and construction duty as he could not bear the thought of killing someone that was hungry and foraging for food. Lynn was a hard worker and a natural leader. In all of his jobs Lynn rose to foreman or manager. Lynn was respected locally and nationally as the manager of the Wiggins Telephone Association. With Lynn at the helm, WTA grew into one of the most successful independent phone companies in the nation, even having the vision to invest in an emerging technology - cellular phones. Music was an integral part of Lynn's life. There was not an instrument that he could not master. Lynn was sought after as a musician and loved to play music with family friends and strangers. His love of and mastery of music was passed down to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lynn was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Joyce, his brother, Glenn, and sisters, Esther Clemons, Blanche Patton, Alta Rigli, and Doris Carmin. His survivors include daughters, Connie (John) Roberts of Grand Junction, CO, Laurie (Curt) Martin of Grand Junction, CO; sons, Terry (Kathy) Hendrickson of Evans, CO, Scott (Deb) Hendrickson of Lodgepole, NE; sisters, Iola Moeller, and Ruth Merklin both of Fort Morgan, 15 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. The dash between Lynn's life and death contain much more than can be contained in a brief obituary. You can learn more of Lynn's colorful life if you get the chance to speak with his many friends and relatives. Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Heer Mortuary in Fort Morgan from 6-8 PM and Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 9:30 - 10:30 AM at Wiggins Community Church with the Funeral Services starting at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at 1:30 PM in Memory Gardens Cemetery.
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