Arlo D. Hendrickson, 77, of Williston, ND, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017 surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer at Mercy Medical Center in Williston, ND. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston is assisting the family. Friends may sign the on-line register and give their condolences at www.fulkersons.com
His funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 23, 2017 at the Our Redeemers Lutheran Church in Williston. Pastor Steve Lundblom will officiate. A family service open to the public will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, December 22, 2017 at Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home Chapel in Williston. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery, Williston.
Friends may call at the Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home in Williston on Friday, December 22, 2017 from 12:00 PM until 7:00 PM and at the church on Saturday, one hour prior to services.
Arlo was born in Plentywood, Montana, to Harris and Elizabeth (Hansen) Hendrickson on January 5, 1940. He was baptized on January 2, 1942, at the Volmer Lutheran Church of Dagmar, Montana. Arlo attended Franklin School in Dagmar until 4 th grade, the Medicine Lake Schools (MT) through 8 th grade, and then Williston High School, where he graduated in 1957.
He married Meredith (Merri Jo) Holland at Grace Lutheran Church in Wildrose on September 23, 1962. To this union were born two children, Julie Rae and Michael Dale.
Arlo joined the National Guard in 1959 and went on active duty during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. He was honorably discharged from the service in 1965. After returning from duty, he worked at the S &Q Hardware Store before purchasing Texaco Station in 1963, and operating it as Arlo’s Inc. for the next 30 years.
In 1992, he embarked on a new career with Anderson Real Estate, eventually purchasing the business in 2001 and being named Williston Realtor of the Year in 2003. He retired from the real estate business in 2004.
No matter where his business interests were focused at the moment, Arlo always enjoyed helping his brothers-in-law on the family farm near Wildrose, and did so for over 40 years. He was also a loyal Williston State College Teton fan, and was inducted into the Teton Boosters Hall of Fame. He enjoyed farming, fishing, golfing, having coffee with friends, attending sporting events, and watching sports on television. He took special enjoyment from time spent with his children and grandchildren, and from attending their sporting events and activities.
Arlo was a member of Our Redeemers Lutheran Church, and served two terms as a Trustee on the church council. He was often the cook for church functions, especially the annual Meatball Supper. He was active in the broader Williston community as well, serving on the Board of Directors for the Williston Chamber in 1973, as a member of the Board of Directors for the State Gasoline Dealers Association, a member of the Williston Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years, and the Williston Trapshooting Association. He belonged to the Williston Elks Club, The Loyal Order of the Moose, and the United Commercial Travelers of America.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Merri Jo, his daughter Julie (John J.) Kresl of Paradise Valley, AZ, and his son Michael (Kimberly) Hendrickson of Fargo, ND. Arlo leaves six grandchildren: Alexis Kresl, Los Angeles, CA; Logan Kresl, Paradise Valley, AZ; Colten Kresl, Carson, CA; H Hendrickson, Tucson, AZ; Hunter Hendrickson, Tempe, AZ; and Tre Hendrickson, Fargo, ND. He is also survived by his sisters Marilyn (Robert) Austreim of Williston and Debra (Ward) Sandstrom of Mandan; brothers Harold (Patti) Hendrickson of Jefferson, GA, and Donald (Betty) Hendrickson of Big Fork, MT. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harris and Elizabeth Hendrickson, his brother Tim Hendrickson, and his in-laws, John and Marguerite Holland.
Arlo’s sense of humor and unerring kindness will be what is remembered most by his family and many friends.