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August 31, 2023
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Billie “Bill” D. Hendrickson, 84, of Reedsport, Oregon passed away on August 31, 2023 in Lower Umpqua
Hospital. Bill was born in Anderson, Indiana on July 14, 1939 to his parents Herman Hendrickson and
Gladys (Michaels) Hendrickson. Bill attended high school at Anderson High. He met the love of his life
Virginia Rolston in Wichita, Kansas and they married on October 15, 1957 . Bill was a kind hearted man,
always ready to lend a helping hand and never shy about sharing his thoughts. He enjoyed traveling to
find new rocks and exploring new places.
Bill is survived by his sisters, Beverly Sims and Jane Tompkins, as well as various nephews and nieces
and his “Rock family”. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife , Virginia Hendrickson, his parents
and 15 siblings.
After attending Anderson High School, Bill and Virginia followed family out to Oregon in 1957. Bill worked
various positions at local mills including Menasha and Weyerhaeuser where he retired. He was known
for his woodworking skills and his talent of creating beautiful pieces.
In Bill’s free time, he indulged in his hobby of rockhounding. He found joy in searching for the perfect
rock, which involved trial and error so many rocks were required to be accumulated to identify the perfect
one. He enjoyed making spheres from the various rocks he found or that were brought to him to grind
and polish. It would take him 36 hours to make one sphere and he would laugh stating he had enough to
keep him busy for more years than he could count.
Bill’s interment will be completed at Dunes Memorial Chapel in Reedsport where he will be placed next to
his wife Virginia. The interment will occur on November 17, 2023 at 3 PM.