Haydon Hendrickson, 84, a longtime Muskogee rancher, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at home. A devoted father, grandfather and brother, Haydon died doing what he loved most, heading out to check cattle.
He was born Sept. 29, 1936, in Okmulgee to Haydon and Glenna Hankins Hendrickson. He graduated from Okmulgee High School and immediately joined the United States Marine Corps. After a distinguished tour in the Marines, Haydon returned home to Okmulgee, finally settling in Muskogee in 1969.
He worked as an engineer for Southwestern Bell from 1959 to 1991 and was a self-employed contract engineer from 1992 to 2003. All the while, Haydon worked his ranch south of town.
He joined the Civil Air Patrol after retirement in 1991 and rose through the ranks to captain by 2004. When he wasn't spending time with family, Haydon enjoyed duck hunting, square dancing, round dancing and two-stepping. But most of all, he loved his family.
Granddaughter Mandi wrote, "He was a great man! A man who was honest, hard-working, loyal, a man of integrity, and so much more. ... He always told me he loved me, and he showed it."
Haydon was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Andy, and a sister, Doris Chapman.
Haydon is survived by his three children, Chris Hendrickson (Heather), Debbie Rowan (Olen) and Karen Cox, all of Muskogee. He had 11 grandchildren, Josh Rowan (Rebekah), Shawn Rowan (Ashley), Jason Rowan, Amanda Butler (Jason), Blake Rowan (Sam), Zac Cox, Jacob Hendrickson Gunnar Drake, Kayla Hendrickson, Chandler Drake and Harper Kennedy. His great-grandchildren are Seth Leavell, Blake Leavell, Kenzie "Nikki" Rowan, Brody Rowan, Austin Rowan, Audrey Rowan, Addalyn Butler, Preston Butler and Whitlee Rowan.
He is survived by his siblings, Donald Hendrickson, Glenna McConnell (Bob), Alice Jeffress (Joe Bob) and John Hendrickson (Mary), along with longtime friend and business partner Roy Entz.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Cremation services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory at 1830 N York St Muskogee, OK 74403.
Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornertoneofmuskogee.com.
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