Jay Alden Hendricks was born March 23, 1924, in Long Beach, California, to John and Grace Hendricks. After 72 years of adoring marriage, a lifetime full of love, and providing for is family at 94 years old on Thursday, July 12, 2018, Jay passed away and went home to the one he has faithfully served for so many years.
Jay spent his early childhood years in California and the family came to Oklahoma in 1936. He graduated from high school in Homestead, Oklahoma, in 1942. Jay was a World War II Army Air Corp veteran and honorably served his country aboard B 26 and A 26 bombers over Belgium and France. He married Alice Reisig, the love of his life, on September 5, 1945. In 1953, he and Alice purchased a small farm just outside of Owasso where they raised three children. They enjoyed living in Owasso and were very active with the First United Methodist Church.
He and Alice were also members of the Early Ford Club, the Owasso Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7180, and had many fun times doing other activities they enjoyed with their family.
Jay worked for American Airlines and retired from there in 1981. He and Alice traveled extensively for many years in their motorhome all across the United States. Winters would usually be spent in the McAllen, Texas, area where they would usually do mission work in Progresso, Mexico. During the heat of the summer they would travel to the mountains of Colorado and drive their Jeep on the mountain trails.
Welcomed into their lives while they traveled were five grandchildren and later as they settled back into the farm house they were presented with nine great grandchildren. They loved and adored the time they spent with family.
Those he leaves behind who hold many cherished memories include:
His loving wife; Alice
Three children; Tim Hendricks and wife Gloria, of Bixby, Oklahoma
Jennifer Laubach and husband Lee, of Okeene, Oklahoma
Mark Hendricks and wife Tammy, of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Five grandchildren; Blake Hendricks, Kara Duncan, Sarah Parker, Helena McLaurine, and
Nine great grandchildren; Joel Hendricks, Dagen Hendricks, Ava Duncan, Jaclyn Duncan,
Faith Ann Parker, Emma Parker, Sophia Parker, Truman Parker,
And Henry McLaurine
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Mowery Funeral Service in Owasso. Graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018, at the Homestead Cemetery near Okeene, Oklahoma. Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church in Owasso. The family requests memorial contributions be made in Jay’s memory to the First United Methodist Church, 13800 East 86th Street North, Owasso, Oklahoma, 74055. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.