Larry Michael “Mike” Hendrickson, peacefully passed away on January 29th, 2020. Preceded in death by his Grandparents and Grandson, Kody.
Mike was born September 23rd, 1961 in Kearney Nebraska to Larry and Bonnie Hendrickson. In 1980, Mike joined the United States Navy. He met his wife, Darlena and her son, Jason in 1985. Mike and Darlena were married on March 7th, 1986. Mike took Jason in as his very own. They had their first daughter in February 1987, and two more beautiful daughters following in 1989 and 1990. In 1996, Mike was given a great job opportunity and moved the family to Arizona.
Mike is survived by: his Mom, Bonnie. Aunt, Dottie and her son Shaun. Sister, Lori, her husband Robert, and their 4 children. Brother, Jaime. Children, Jason, Niki and Jeff, Alyson, and Cassie. Grandchildren, Zoe, Ethan, Jude, and Harper. Mother in law, Alice. Father In law, Gary. As well as, several cousins and friends.
Mike was a very dedicated father and grandfather. An avid Nebraska Football fan. His Navy buddies meant the world to him and he looked forward to their annual get together every year. He had so many wonderful and funny stories to tell. He was absolutely the greatest man. Go Big Red.
A Visitation will be held, Friday, February 7th, 2020 @ 2PM followed by services at 3PM at the Bunker University Chapel
3529 East University Drive, MESA, AZ 85213
Mike and I grew up together in Navy. We worked together under very dangerous conditions and I could not ask for a better shipmate in those moments. A fallen Brother has rode off peacefully into the firey sun of the Arizona sunset. So thankful to have been reunited for the past 10 years. So many memories of my friend, my Brother, we will miss you but your spirit lives on in our hearts forever. See you on the other side Mike.
I first met “skid” 5 years ago. I never knew his real name until the day we met when he shook my hand and introduced himself as Mike. I instantly took to him. He had a quiet persona that commanded my deepest trust and respect. I had heard so many wonderful Navy stories about him and what an amazing man and friend he was to my husband. Mike’s visits to our home for the annual luau was a real treat. Not just for us but for him as well.
His calm demeanor and kind heart would radiate through his eyes as he spoke of his grandchildren . I will always cherish my last conversation with Mike where he offered me such rich wisdom and understanding. He had a way of saying so much without saying much at all. We will miss you terribly Mike. I know you’’ll always be watching over your friends and family.
I met skid when I got to VF-2 he was in AE shop. He helped with a lot of maintenance on the bounty hunters f-14 Tom cats I always got along great with him he had a great sense off humor. He was the one that gave me the nick name (bear). we served together as mechanics on USS RANGER and as flight deck troubleshooter launching aircraft on the USS Kitty hawk he always had my back and taught me the ropes of being a troubleshooter. I will miss and remember you Always Bullet see ya on the other side ❤️
Proud to have served with this Man. Proud to have continued our friendship. To my VF-2 Bounty Hunter Brothers, he was the best of us.
Darlena my deepest condolences to you and your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs
Mike and I met in the Navy (VF2) We were great friends…learned to play the guitar together on Mike O’lagues Gibson Humingbird…brought him to my home on Kauai on the way back to San Diego after deployment…met my family and I showed him Kauai…would like to share a little story…after one of our birthday celebrations Izzy and I were swimming in the showers in the brks…A guy from the next brks came over and started a fight well the guy broke a telephone over my head and took off back to his bros with Skid and a couple other buddies in tow…Mike tackled the guy and commenced to beat his ass…now that’s a buddy…I’m sorry if this was a little inappropriate but I felt like sharing this…I will forever regret not making it to Higgys for a reunion to thank my friend give him a hug and drink a beer with him… Skid ..I will miss you brother…”A hui hou” my friend…(till we meet again)
I will miss him the most,we used to have good times together growing up and going fishing when we were Young,before you all moved to Arizona,Darkens I’m sorry for your loss,He will be missed
My sincere condolences to Jason, Alice, and the entire family. I am aware of the positive impact he made and legacy he left with his family. The Huskers have a great loyal fan that gained the best seat in the house for Game Day.
I met Mike in 1981 and served with him in the US Navy in Fighter Squadron 2. I knew him well and he always had great words of wisdom with his Navy brothers. He was a great friend and I feel fortunate that we could re-connect the last few years after all these decades. Mike loomed large with his Navy brothers and we were all lucky to have shared in his life.
Darlene, My deepest condolences to YOU & your family. I will always remember how he cared about his family, You, his children, grandchildren, including Kody. BIG Hugs & more hugs to all of you.