In memoriam: Tom Hendrix, WWII veteran, long-time Westsider, volunteer
The location will be Sacred Heart Church, 2030 W. Colorado Ave. Inurnment will be at Fairview Cemetery on South 26th Street. Swan Law Funeral Directors is handling arrangements.
A World War II veteran, Colorado Springs native and Westside resident since his teen years, Tom had turned 90 April 4.
He is survived by his wife Doris. They had been married since 1963. The couple lived many years in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood before moving last year to Brookdale Senior Living (formerly Village at Skyline) on Lower Gold Camp Road.
He is also survived by his children, David and Amy, and two grandchildren.
Tom served in World War II in the Pacific theater against Japan with the 622nd Ordnance Ammunition Company.
After the war, he was hired by the Timken Company, a rock drill-bit manufacturing firm that helped build NORAD, becoming a supervisor and working there for 35 years.
In retirement, Hendrix was a volunteer for about 15 years with the Old Colorado City Historical Society, helping particularly in archiving the many donated photographs.
In September 2011, he was chosen to join other World War II veterans on a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., with the Honor Flight of Southern Colorado, getting a chance to visit national monuments and be officially thanked by government officials. The Westside Pioneer article about that trip can be found by clicking here. He also was a Meet a Westsider in the Pioneer in June 2004, which can be viewed at this link.