Donald Vance Hendry, 88, passed into eternity with the Lord Jesus on November 10, 2017. He was born May 15, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois the son of E. Lloyd and Kathryn Murphy Hendry.
At 17 years of age, he left home and enlisted in the US Army to help stop Hitler during World War II. After the war ended he joined his parents in Newton, Kansas and met his sweetheart Beverly Mills, they were married 49 years until her death in 2001.
He moved to Hutchinson to begin his career with the Kansas Department of Corrections, he retired after 35 years as the longest acting Major of 23 years with KDOC at the time.
He attended Hutchinson Community College and graduated from Wichita State University studying criminal justice.
He is survived by his son Randel (Nikie) Hendry, Wichita; daughter Susan (Douglas) Schmidt, Hutchinson; granddaughter Shauna Burdick, Hutchison; sisters Muriel Schlicher, Wichita Virginia Mattison, Missouri, brother-n-law Bill (Donna) Mills, Newton. Kathy Mills, Wichita. In his life, he was honored to have three children named after him, one being his first born great grandson, Vance K. Burdick, other survivors inuded several grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren he adored as well as many nieces & nephews.
He was proceeded in death by brothers, Jack Hendry and Bill Hendry; brother-n-laws Charlie Schlicher, Herb Mattison, Bryson Mills; and adored grandsons, Christopher D. Schmidt, Jeremy A. Burdick.
Funeral will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Petersen’s Funeral Home at 215 N. Main, Newton, KS with his dear friend Pastor Gary Salmans presiding. Burial will be at the Walton Cemetery, Walton, KS In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Memory care unit of Brookdale, Hutchinson, KS or the wonderful Heartland Hospice of Wichita, KS both who offered much love and comfort and will for other families who need them. Go rest high on that mountain, go in Love, you will be missed, until we meet again.