William Franklin Hendricks, 75, died Oct. 8, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital, Homer after a sudden illness.
Mr. Hendricks was born Sept. 1, 1927, in Twin Falls, Idaho. He felt that "work was just something everyone did between fishing trips." He retired from a small private machine shop in Boise, Idaho, and became an Alaska resident in 1990. He worked with the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center and also taught a class on gold panning at Kachemak Bay Branch, Kenai Peninsula College, Homer.
When the activity was outdoors, "he loved to be a part of it," his family said. "If it included fishing, he was into it up to his knees, and occasionally over his head. My father -- who always loved the outdoors -- took every chance to show it off to everybody who cared to take the time to see what was around them. If Mother Nature made it, he so enjoyed it and wanted people around him to do the same."
His ashes will be scattered over the Snake River in Boise.
Arrangements were made by Anchorage Funeral Home.