Corley Hendrickson, 1932-2019
Published 1:00 am Saturday, January 12, 2019
Corley Hendrickson passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bonnerup Funeral Home in Albert Lea. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hartland Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartland. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service. Military honors will be accorded by the Albert Lea area veterans groups.
Corley Arvil Merle Hendrickson was born July 19, 1932, in Freeborn to Martin and Cora (Lee) Hendrickson. He grew up on a farm in the Hartland area and graduated from Freeborn High School in 1950. He was baptized, confirmed and remained a lifelong member of Hartland Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Corley served in the Army for two years, from 1952 to 1954, during the Korean War in Company A 52D ARMD ENGR BN.
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On June 24, 1962, he married Anita J. Lembke at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. He and Anita had five children: Merle, Alan C., Robert, Julie and Alan E., while living and farming together in Hartland for 35 years. Corley worked at Wilson & Co. in Albert Lea for 22 years while continuing to farm.
He and Anita took many camping trips when the kids were young, road trips to Bemidji, bus trips to Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York and flew to Germany.
In June 2005 they built a new house in Albert Lea and retired from the farm life, where he enjoyed time with neighbors, bowling, playing cards and dice games.
He was a member of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for three years as a two-time cancer survivor.
Corley is survived by his wife, Anita; four children, Merle (Pam Rippentrop-Bratten) of Albert Lea, Robert (Jolene Ward) of Owatonna, Julie (Nancy Michael) of Bemidji and Alan E. of Albert Lea; grandchildren Stacey (Eric) Cornelson of St. Louis, Michael Hendrickson of Rochester, Alan (Shalin) Hendrickson Jr. of Albert Lea, Lucas Hendrickson of Albert Lea and Kelli (Tony Ortiz) Hendrickson of Owatonna; great-grandchildren Jesse Hendrickson, Liliana Cornelson, Ophelia Hendrickson and Otto Hendrickson; his brother, Edward; sister-in-law, Roselyn (Art) Anderson; and many nieces and nephews.
Corley was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son of six months, Alan Corley; his in-laws Frank and Ruby (Fahs) Lembke; and sisters-in-law Joyce Hendrickson and Dorothy Buchanan.
In lieu of flowers or gifts of money, donations are preferred to the Hartland Ladies Aid kitchen fund, Hartland Cemetery or the American Cancer Society.