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News - John Hendricks Remembered

  • April 06, 2010

Kentucky Farm Bureau First Vice President John C. Hendricks passed away March 12, 2010, following a courageous battle with a recent illness. Hendricks was first vice president of both Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation and Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Company.

“John was a very close friend and trusted advisor,” said Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney. “He had a wonderful sense of humor and determined spirit. I grew to rely on his counsel. He was a strong leader. His commitment to improving the lives of farmers across the Commonwealth and the nation will truly be missed.”

“Mr. Hendricks always wanted to do what was best for the farmer,” said Kentucky Farm Bureau Executive Vice President David S. Beck. “In every decision we made together, Mr. Hendricks’ primary concern was how it would affect the daily life of those in agriculture.”

Hendricks was elected to the federation position in December 2008 and as first vice president of the insurance company in March 2009. He previously was the organization’s second vice president for three years and represented District Nine as a member of the federation’s board of directors for more than 12 years.

Hendricks served as chairman of the Beef Cattle Advisory Committee, Roadside Markets Advisory Committee and the state Communication Advisory Committee. He was chairman of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Health Care Task Force and the Resolutions Committee.

Hendricks was an active member of the Clark County Farm Bureau, where he served in a variety of leadership positions, including president and District Nine chairman. He was also a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation Federal Deficit Task Force.

He was a member of the Clark County Cattleman’s Association, chairman of the Kentucky Tobacco Research Board, a member of the Ag Development Council and treasurer of the Clark County Soil Conservation Board.

The Robertson County native was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in law enforcement and a minor in agriculture.

He farmed in Clark County, producing beef cattle, hay and vegetables. He and his family were proud owners of a roadside market. The farm and market will continue to be operated by his family.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth, and two sons, John and Wiley.

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