David O. Hendricks, 86, of Sparta, died Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta. He was born on August 1, 1934 in Clear Lake, WI to Irwin and Alice (West) Hendricks. He grew up in the Tomah and Sparta area and graduated from Sparta High School.
David married Nancy Hammon on September 16, 1953. They began their life together in Prairie du Chien where daughter, Jill Lynne, was born. The family returned to Sparta in 1960. David worked at Northern Engraving in Sparta until he retired in 1997.
Nancy and Dave enjoyed boating and water skiing on the Mississippi in summers and took up downhill skiing for something to shorten winters. They took several ski trips to California and Colorado, boating adventures to the Gulf, toured New England and visited family and friends throughout the country.
They were thrilled when their two grandsons came along and were active in their lives as well; accompanying grandson, Joe, on a Boy Choir tour of Ireland and attending football games to see Alex, play at St. Johns in Collegeville MN; to name some highlights.
David was a member of the Sparta Jaycees and Rotary. He enjoyed bowling and golfed regularly up until the last couple years. He also sang in the Methodist Church Choir for many years.
David is survived by his daughter, Jill (Dan) Coughlin, La Crosse; grandsons, Joseph David Coughlin, La Crosse; Alex Thomas (Britta) Coughlin; great grandsons, Shepherd John and Forde Hendricks Coughlin of El Cerrito, CA; sister, Juno (Ken) Anderson of Camarillo, CA; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alice and Irwin “Slim”; wife, Nancy on May 23, 2019; and brother, Curtis Hendricks.
A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Monday, June 14, 2021 at United Methodist Church, Sparta, with Reverend Loretta Waughtal officiating. A lunch will follow and burial will be in Cataract Cemetery.
Family and friends are invited to call from 10 a.m. until time of services on Monday at the church.
Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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