BENKELMAN -- Malvin Dean Hendrickson, 97, died Saturday (March 23, 2002) at his home in Benkelman.
He was born July 10, 1904, in Hebron to John Otto and Della (Cain) Hendrickson. At the age of two, he moved with his mother to Haigler where they lived with his grandparents. When he was eight, his mother married Otis Edwards and they moved to the Pleasant Valley area.
On April 10, 1929, he married Rosella Ernestine DeHart. He shelled corn and worked for Dundy County. He served as a County Commissioner for 24 years. The Dundy County Hospital, Dundy County Senior Center, and the Benkelman Housing Authority were built during his tenure.
He was a member of the Nebraska Association of County Officials, and served as chairman of that organization in the Southwest District for eleven years. He was also a member of the Benkelman School Board, the Benkelman Friends Church, Justice Lodge No. 180 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite of Free Masonry 32nd Degree Tangier Temple of Omaha, Elks Lodge No. 1432, and the Benkelman Federated Garden Club.
He was an active member of the Benkelman Housing Authority since it's inception in 1963 through 2001, and served as vice-chairman of the board for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rosella; infant son, Marlin Dean; and three brothers.
Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Jean Hendrickson of Omaha/Benkelman, Phyllis Sandsted of Tamarac, Fla.; son, Eldon "Chub" and wife, Eileen Hendrickson of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; brother, Ray and wife, Mildred Edwards; sister, Velma Harms; sisters-in-law, Ruth Edwards, Lucille Edwards, and Mildred Wilson.
A memorial service will be Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Revs. Robert Sander and Bill Leach officiating. Services will conclude at the chapel with a private inurnment at a later date.
There will be no visitation.
In lieu of usual remembrances, the family asks that memorials be made in his name to the Benkelman Women's Club Library, or the Dundy County Hospital Foundation.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.