James E. Hendrickson

Apr 2, 1938 - Feb 14, 2014


James Elwin Hendrickson took his final ride into the sunset on February 14, 2014 at approximately 2 p.m. he was 75 years old. He was born on April 2, 1938 in Rock Lake, ND the sixth child, of 12 children born to Hjalmer and Mary Hendrickson.

In his youth Jimmy was a Boy Scout and attended the Lutheran Church.

James (Jimmy, Jim, Pee Wee, the Little Cowboy) loved horses and was very involved with riding and training.  He would ride horseback from North Dakota to Texas to harvest wheat and to round up cattle and herd them to auction. He was a horse jockey and trainer in Montana and California at Bay Meadows and Los Alamitos prior to his marriage to Aretta Rardon in 1959.

Jimmy worked for the Brombergs, Jim (J.B.), Bill, Bernice and Elma at Brombergs farm 10 miles East of Rolla, where they had dairy cows, horses and grain crops, he was also a member of the Trail Riders Club.

Jimmy proposed on Feb 14 1959 to Aretta Ellen Rardon, they married on June 3, 1959 in Perth, ND, and then headed to Modesto CA in June 1960 where he worked in the grape vineyards for Jim Sanders later he worked at Waddlers Milk processors. Jim started dairy farming in Modesto CA then moved to Hilmar CA in 1964. Later Jim and his family moved to Washington State in 1973 to live near his parents Hjalmer (Jack) and Mary Hendrickson, where he worked on dairy farms. 

Jim and his family moved to Rolla, North Dakota in 1975 to be nearer his Aunt Stella and Uncle Wolford Halone, where he worked for Farmers Union Oil Co as a truck driver. Jim moved to Sacramento, Ca in 1983 where he studied and received his General Contractors License.  

On August  3rd 2002 Jim suffered a heart attack that left him in a light coma and on February 14, 2014 he left peacefully to go home to our Lord.

 He is survived by 4 sisters, Patsy Ruth Sanders, Gloria Jean Hendrickson,  Sheila Faye Hendrickson, Carol Sue Edwards and 4 brothers, Thomas Lee Hendrickson, John (Jack) Charles Hendrickson, Larry Duane Hendrickson,  and Michael Dale Hendrickson, his 3 daughters, Robin Gail Whyte, Reatta Ellen Hendrickson and Lyndell Rae Foster, and 6 grandchildren Timothy Preston Pederson son of Robin, Dominic Hendrickson son of Reatta, Garret Hendrickson, Chanelle Hendrickson Marcellais, Kyle Hendrickson and Alysha Foster children of Lyndell, and 7 great grandchildren, Xavier, Zaiden, Andrew, Izayis, Luke, Adriana, Abrielle, Aaliyah and One Little Blessing due in May.


He was preceded in death by father Hjalmer Hendrickson, mother Mary Elizabeth Hendrickson, sister Sharon Kaye Hendrickson- Bragg, brothers Robert Clayton Hendrickson and Glen Joseph Hendrickson.



  • Lorie (Gladue) Thomas says:

    I have known Jim for many years, he was such a nice man. He always had a smile on his face and always helping somebody out. His family takes after him, always something nice to say and helping out when they can. He will be greatly missed. Glad I got the chance to have you in our lives.

  • Mike Leavitt says:

    May you find peace and comfort in your time of sorrow. Jim made a lasting impression on our family. I’m glad to have known him, even for a little while. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jeffrey Hemming says:

    This comment isn’t meant to do anything for you but let you know that I am thinking of your family at this time. I am sorry for your loss. I do remember when your family spent time with Stella and Walfred Halone our neighbors. Those were good times, so long ago.

  • Merrie Nass says:

    If only we could all “cowboy up” as grandly as Uncle Jimmy!

  • Aaron & Diane Beasley says:

    we are so sorry for your loss. James was always a very happy and easy-going gentlemen, and I like to take the time to thank all of you for accepting me into your family and making me feel welcome and he will be missed. all our love, The Beasley’s

  • Renee Charbonneau says:

    God Bless you all. With deepest sympathy over the loss of your wonderful father, Jim. I’m proud to say I knew him. Love, Renee

  • Amy Olson says:

    You were always smiling, happy, loving, kind and fun. I know you’re in a better place and watching over your children and their children. May God grant peace and wisdom to all of Jim’s family.

  • Randy Foster says:

    Jimmy introduced me to Lyndell, 20+ years ago. Little did I know then, that some day, he would give me such a wonderful gift, his daughter as my wife. I’m sorry that by the time Lyndell and I got together as a couple, he was not able to see it. I know he is up there now, proud of all his daughters and content that they are happy with their lives. Ride on, cowboy!

  • Lyndell Foster says:

    MUCH LOVE TO YOU DADDY… I LOVE YOU SOOO VERY MUCH & I MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY… I am very happy that you are in heaven and pretty certain that you have already been out riding horse with Bob and Mel(on a white horse no doubt like Aunt Carol said)… & I am sure you’ve now had time to play cards with all of the great card players that went home before you!!! We know that Heaven is a better place with you there in it… I will someday be with you again and I can’t wait to see Your Wonderful Face and to get to hear you voice again. Until that time, I vow to stay here and live life The Very Best I Know How… & I vow to continue to pass down all of The Great Things About Life That You Have Instilled in me To All of Our Future Family Members & because of that The World Will Be A Better Place!!! Hold Me A Place Near By You & Please Wait By The Gates For Me When You See Me Coming Home… Nothing Like The Comfort Of Your Daddy When You Are Entering A New Place. All My Love, Fella

  • Reatta E Hendrickson says:

    I miss you Daddy, every day, but I know you’re happier. You were always one of my biggest fans and I know it. I am imagining you with all your family and friends that have gone before and that you’re Happy again. I love you, Reatta

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