Leon D. Hendrix, age 78, a lifelong member of the community, passed peacefully on the evening of Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at Fairfax Manor Nursing Home in Fairfax, Oklahoma. Born on June 19, 1945, in Pawnee Okla., he was the son of Edward Leo and Velma Lorene (Douglas) Hendrix. Leon had a remarkable and fulfilling life that touched the hearts of all who knew him
Leon grew up attending Fairfax Schools. He then joined the Navy alongside his friend Jimmer Brien in September of 1964. They proudly served together on the USS Dennis J Buckley. Leon's commitment and dedication during his service in Vietnam earned him various accolades, including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device (1960). He retired from active duty in September 1968 with an honorable discharge.
He was united in marriage to the former Patsy Phillips. Two daughters Kathy and Tammy completed their family.
Following his military service, Leon embarked on a new career as a custodian for the Munsingwear factory in Hominy, Oklahoma. Although he worked diligently in this role for many years, it was Leon's immense love for the military and his country that truly defined him.
One of Leon's most notable accomplishments was his passion for the military and his deep love for the United States Flag. He dedicated countless years as the organizer and coordinator of the Fairfax Veterans Day Parade. This event brought together veterans from Osage and Pawnee counties to honor their service and sacrifice. After each parade, Leon and his loving wife Eva provided a special meal for the veterans. Delicious food, door prizes, and great company were always on the menu. Leon's dedication to honoring those who served will be remembered fondly by all who took part in this cherished tradition.
In addition to Leon’s commitment to his community and love for the military, he was known for having never met a stranger. Leon carried a warm and welcoming attitude towards everyone he encountered. He genuinely enjoyed engaging in conversations and learning about others’ stories and experiences. Leon embraced life to the fullest, cherishing each moment with his family and friends.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents, brother Cleo "Runt" Hendrix, infant sister Leota Hendrix, two daughters Tammy Sue Benham (2000), Kathy Hurst (2010), and sister-in-law Mary Jo Hendrix. He leaves behind a loving family who will cherish his memory forever. Among them are his grandchildren Ashley (Daniel) Vallejo of Midwest City, Bobby Benham of Norman, Brandon Benham of Norman; five great-grandchildren; niece Barbara Thornburg of Cleveland; nephew John (Theresa) Hendrix of Bartlesville; as well as multiple great-nieces, great nephews and friends.
On Friday afternoon, October 27, 2023, family and friends will gather to bid farewell to this Vietnam Veteran at the Fairfax City Cemetery Pavilion at 14:00 hours (2 p.m.) with Pastor Lewis Bernard officiating his service. The Navy will present the flag to his granddaughter, Ashley. Interment will follow where Leon will be laid to rest beside his parents, Leo and Velma and his maternal grandparents, John and Clara Douglas. Arrangements are under the direction of Hunsaker Wooten Funeral Home. A time of visitation will be held on Thursday afternoon 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Chapel.
As Leon Hendrix now rests under Heaven’s watchful gaze, he has been joyfully reunited with his beloved Eva. Together, may they find eternal peace.