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“Will miss the stories he always used to tell, He was a very kind man ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Mark Carnahan - Gilman, IA

“So enjoyed going to Leonard and Ida over the years. Good people will be missed. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Tracy & Vicki Jensen - Grinnell

“So Sorry to hear of Leonard's Passing. As a kid I remember Leonard as being a very kind and thoughtful person. He was always so positive and had a...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Charlie Weaver - Family Friend

“To the Hendrickson Familiy: Saddened to hear of Leonard's passing. I have so many great memories of the Newburg friends, neighbors and classmates...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Wendy McILrath Mount - Scranton, IA

“Leonard was my crew's bus driver when we worked in the cornfields for DeKalb. John was my foreman. We had a lot of fun. Also, Leonard was in the...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Bev Brown - Grinnell, IA

“Lots of good stories my dad would tell about LW. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Jean Halverson - Grinnell, IA

“Leonard was one of my favorite residents out at St. Francis Manor! He always called me "Lucky". I'm so glad I stopped in to see him on Wednesday at...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Sammi Bryan - Lynnville, IA

“Heartfelt and full condolences to Ron and his family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Jay & Renee Deitrich - Grinnell, IA

“Rest in peace pop always enjoyed our visits and stories going to miss you setting out at the table. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Jim White - Grinnell, IA - Friend

“i took care of this man for about 6 years. we had alot of heart to hear talks while i was giving him his shower. i loved him like he was one of my...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: chris fortner - grinnell, IA


Leonard W. Hendrickson, age 91, of Grinnell, died on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, May 15th, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery northwest of Grinnell with Pastor John Epperson officiating. Pallbearers are Mike Kriegel, Ross McDonough, Jeff Hendrickson, Tony Arrowood, Bill Mason and Ben Louden.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Newburg American Legion and Grinnell Regional Hospice and mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Condolences may be shared with his family online at www.smithfh.com.

Leonard Warren Hendrickson was born the son of Jonas and Rozelia Marie (Adams) Hendrickson on October 5, 1925, in Grinnell, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Newburg, Iowa.

Leonard was united in marriage to Ida M. Wilson on December 7, 1943, in Grinnell. A day later, Leonard began his service in the United State Navy as a Seaman First Class and served his country during World War II. He was honorably discharged on January 17, 1946. The couple lived and farmed in the Newburg area for many years. Leonard was a 70 year member of the Newburg American Legion, was a longtime member of the Newburg-Chester Congregational Church, was the caretaker of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery for many years, and served for 23 years as a deputy reserve with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

Leonard's family always came first in his life. He was a hard-worker who loved farming the land. His grandchildren recalled the times he taught them how to drive, going for rides with him in the combine, and how he teased them and loved them unconditionally. Leonard's enjoyments were going to dances with Ida, watching old western movies, reading Louis L'Amour books, and playing cards.

Leonard is survived by his son, Ron (Lynda) Hendrickson of Grinnell; four grandchildren, Jeff Hendrickson and Jackie Kriegel, both of Grinnell, Amy McDonough of Boone, and Sue Arrowood of Altoona; five great-grandchildren, Jaden McDonough, Katelyn Kriegel, Alex McDonough, and Paige and Parker Arrowood; and a brother, Gordon Hendrickson of Colfax, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ida Hendrickson in 2009; and son, John Hendrickson in 2005.

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