Sept. 25, 1943 — Feb. 2, 2017
Raymond “Joe” Kent Hendrix passed away on Feb. 2, 2017, at the age of 73 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. His hospital room was packed with his friends and family, and his wife and all seven children surrounded him as he took his journey home.
Joe was born on Sept. 25, 1943, in Corvallis, to Raymond A. Hendrix and Helen (Sapp) Hendrix. He had five siblings, Sandy, Betty, Jon, Jan and Julie. He attended Alsea High School where he became an exceptional athlete in basketball, football, and track. He once scored 54 points in a basketball game against Mohawk, putting him in fifth place in the all-time Class B list. His one-game total ranked as one of the best six single-game efforts ever posted by a Class B player, and the top mark in the state since 1956.
While in high school, Joe worked for his father, Sam, at the family mill in Lobster Valley. After high school, Joe cut timber for Sapp Brothers Logging alongside Weed Sapp. He also drove chip truck, and rock truck for Alsea Lumber Co. until he bought his first log truck from Gene Schneider — a 1971 White Western Star. Later, he added three more trucks to his fleet. Joe taught many of his friends to drive truck, and to this day most of them are still driving. By 1995, Joe had sold his last truck and went onto Salvage Logging for his own company “Fat Boy Salvage.” When he finally retired, he became known as “The Mayor of Lobster Valley” by many of his friends and family.
Joe married Susan Davis of Alsea in 1964 and they had three children together, Tami, Gina and Sandi Sue. They later divorced. On May 8, 1977, Joe married Patricia Paltridge (Kowitz), who had three children of her own, Joe Joe, Dennis and Moral. Joe and Patricia had one child together, Misty.
Joe enjoyed being around other people, and loved to make everyone laugh. He was a wonderful storyteller, and those stories will always be remembered and retold.
He enjoyed taking care of his cows, with his dog, Tippy, beside him. He loved to play Horseshoes, and was quite good at it. He also enjoyed playing board games with his family, although he was a sore loser. Many times we saw marbles and dice fly across the room after a devastating loss.
Joe enjoyed crabbing and hunting, and was once heard saying “there isn’t an elk in Lobster Valley that doesn’t know my pickup.”
His favorite quotes were, “I’ll tell you what “and “I hope you live forever and I never die.” His greatest love was his family and it extended a long way. He spent many hours down at Keith Hendrix’s campground surrounded by Keith’s family, whom he loved very much. Joe also spent a lot of time with his brother, Jon Hendrix. He greeted everyone with a handshake and a smile; the ladies got a kiss.
Joe will be missed by so many, and his memories will be etched in our minds and our hearts.
Joe is survived by his wife, Patricia; sister Julie Hendrix of Lobster Valley; sister Jan Olsen of Lobster Valley; brother Jon Hendrix of Lobster Valley; daughter Tami “TJ” Bourne; daughter Gina Kundert: son Joe Hendrix “Joe Joe”; son Dennis Hendrix; daughter Sandi Sue Turner “Cis”; daughter Morai Bauer; daughter Misty Coyle; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren with two more on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Betty Short and Sandy Schreiber.
Joe’s family will be having a celebration of life and potluck at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Alsea Hope Grange. A private spreading of his ashes will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, if you want to make a contribution, please make it to Alsea Hope Grange.
McHenry funeral home is handling the arrangements.
Please your thoughts and condolences for the family at www.mchenryfuneralhome.com.