Hamilton County


Cpl. William R. Hendrickson




Gaylord J. and Helen R. Rando Hendrickson had three sons serving their country in World War II: Philip Leroy, Merle Everett, and William R. Hendrickson.

William R. Hendrickson was born July 28, 1923. He died Feb. 17, 2011 and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Albert Lea, MN.

Cpl. Hendrickson served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.

His Obituary: Albert Lea Tribune, Feb. 21, 2011

Funeral services for William R. Hendrickson, 87, of Albert Lea will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Theodore's Catholic Church. The Rev. Mike Ellis will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by local servicemen's organizations. Interment will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Bill died Feb. 17, 2011, at St. John's Lutheran Home.

William was born on July 28, 1923, in Hamilton County, Iowa, to Gaylord and Helen (Rando) Hendrickson. He lived in Iowa with his family until 1934 when they moved to Albert Lea. Bill attended Ramsey and Albert Lea High School. On March 18, 1943, William enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at Fort Snelling. He served during World War II. On June 5, 1951, William was united in marriage to Rosemarie Arndt in Owatonna at the Sacred Heart Church. Bill worked at Wilson & Co. as a mechanic until his retirement. He enjoyed camping, working on cars and tinkering on projects. Bill was a member of St. Theodore's Catholic Church, VFW and the American Legion. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a special place in his heart and he enjoyed going to all the events they were involved in.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemarie; son, Michael (Karen) Hendrickson and their children: Katelyn and Tyler Hendrickson; granddaughter, Jennifer (Mike) Thompson and their children: Sophie and Walker Thompson; and several nieces and nephews.

William was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Linda Beighley; grandson, Travis Beighley; brothers: Harlin, Les, Keith, Phil and Merle; and sister, Betty Goldman.

Source: ancestry.com