Kenton Howell Hendricks
December 9, 1951 – March 12, 2019
Kenton Howell Hendricks, age 67, of Barstow, California passed away on Tuesday March 12, 2019. Kenton was born December 9, 1951 in Dallas, Texas to Gloria Jean Hendricks and Tatum Hendricks. Kenton was a 1974 graduate of West Point and served his country Honorably as a Captain in the US Army. He worked a as teacher for 26 years. Kenton was also a great Rugby player in Southern California were he also referee. He loved to play the guitar and deep water diving. He also was loved fishing and was a great athlete. He was a loving husband, loving brother, loving uncle and loving friend to all of his friends.
Kenton is survived by his Wife, Inja Hendricks, older sister Sherrill Hendricks of Alexandria VA, younger brother Carter Hendricks of Austin TX and younger sister Lisa Hendricks of Fisher TX.
Kenton was preceded in death by; father Tatum Hendricks and mother Gloria Jean Hendricks and older brother Craig Hendricks from Garland TX.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at https://www.meadcares.com for the Hendricks family.
- Inja Hendricks, Spouse
- Tatum Hendricks, Father
- Gloria Jean Hendricks, Mother
- Craig Hendricks, Brother
- Sherrill Hendricks, Sister
- Carter Hendricks, Brother
- Lisa Hendricks, Sister
36930 Irwin Rd
Kenton Howell Hendricks
March 20, 2019
The Hendricks family lived a couple houses down from us when my family moved to Garland Texas in the early 60s. Kent was four years older than me, but I was “sandwiched” between Carter & Lisa, while my older sister was “sandwiched between Carter & Kent. We all attended the same schools throughout our youth. Growing up in Texas, football was a big deal. Kent played for the Garland Owls. I was really impressed. Kent then went off to West Point. I wound up going to Garland’s rival, South Garland, but because we all attended the same Church stayed reasonably close to the Hendricks family.
In early 1974, West Point offered me an appointment to the Academy. I sent Kent a letter asking him for any advice. We corresponded over the spring, and then he graduated with the Class of 1974.
Kent suggested we get together before I headed off to “Beast Barracks”. In a few hours, Kent tried to impart as much wisdom as possible to get thru Plebe year. He actually gave me some of the best advice I ever received. He told me that if Army football didn’t work out, I should take a look at the Rugby Team. He then gave me a list of cadets in the classes of ’75 thru ’77 that he said would be good to know.
As it turned out Football didn’t work out, and I did check out the Rugby Team. It also turned out that several folks on Kent’s list were actually in my permanent letter company after “Beast”.
I graduated in Jun '78. Kent's advice sure made the path during my four years as a Cadet a lot easier.
Kent and I never served together after I graduated. That said, I continued playing Rugby at various posts around the world: Germany, Sill, Hood, Benning, etc. There was always someone who knew Kent. Everyone had great things to say about him.
I was shocked when I heard about Kent’s passing. Even though we never did cross paths after our respective graduations, I’m glad to have known Kent, a great American.
My prayers are with the entire Hendricks family.
March 19, 2019
God's speed my friend. Inja, may the Lord hold you in his palms to bring you peace. Great memories from times at Ft. Hood, Austin, Lawton/Ft. Sill, Korea, Seoul Survivors, Hong Kong trips, and the stories (anyone capture those emails?) and many (not enough) visits and chance meetings over these lost years. ... and who will not miss the very unique cards Kent shared. I'll remember a great friend, kind, funny, never ever refused to offer his help or advice - but always welcoming and planning a way to get a smile out of those who were near. Enjoy life... it has an expiration date! Kent really allowed many of us to enjoy our lives. and he savored it. Its a great loss, but he's running touch or blowing the booming referee whistle for the ruggers on the rugby pitch invisible - but much richer now with rugger Hendricks.
March 18, 2019
I played rugby football with Kent at West Point. I am so sorry for your loss. I am still in shock over his illness and recent passing.
Kent was a good man. One could not ask for a better friend. Kent was a kind and gentle soul. He was a Texas gentleman! We had many good times with the Army Rugby team. I will miss him dearly. He was one of a kind.
March 17, 2019
I have known Lisa Hendricks, Kent’s younger sister for over 30 years. The stories Lisa shared about her brother Kent through the years told me how close she and Kent were and what a loving brother/sister relationship they had. My deepest condolences! Love, Kathy
March 17, 2019
Having been a long-time (over 40 years) of Kent's youngest sister, Lisa, I had the privilege of knowing Kent as well. He was a kind, intelligent and gentle man who loved life. Kent was very close to his family, and they were always supportive of one another. He will be missed by many -- his family, friends, colleagues and former students. My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Hendricks family on your loss.
March 16, 2019
Kenton Howell Hendricks is much beloved by his remaining immediate family, his older sister, Sherrill, younger brother Carter & sister, Lisa. The siblings were extremely close and spent much time together in many places & spent time with him in his own home in Victorville. He has many many friends, co-workers, team mates, childhood friends, fellow teachers who loved him. Any one who knew Kent, loved him.