Paul E. Hendrickson 1923-2011

Paul Enoch Hendrickson, a resident of Sedona, Arizona since 1985 died on August 22, 2011. Born in Savanna, Ill., in 1923, Paul spent much of his early youth in Northern Michigan's Copper Country, where his grandparents on his mother's side had emigrated from Finland in 1888. His mother was Hilda Marie Timonen. His father, Henry, an Industrial Blacksmith came to America from Sweden in 1909.

Paul joined the Army early in WWII and as a Section Leader fought in Europe with the 342nd Infantry Regiment of the 86th Black Hawk Division. Wounded, he spent the last two months of the War in the 108th General Hospital in Paris, France.

After returning to civilian life, he spent several years in charge of receiving with the Waukegan Illinois Stainless Steel Plant of U.S. Steel.

In 1952 Paul returned to his beloved Keweenaw in Northern Michigan, where he designed, constructed and operated the exquisite Hut Inn in Kearsarge. Several beautifully integrated additions were added over the next thirty-two years.

Beginning in 1950 and onward, Paul did much subdividing of Keweenaw Hermit Cove property into individual lake show parcels.

After retiring in 1985 Paul moved with "Smudgie" to Sedona in the High Country of Northern Arizona, fulfilling another long-time dream of building his retirement home high up on the side of Wild Horse Mesa. From this location Paul traveled much of Northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon being his favorite destination. Grand Prix Formula Racing was also a passion.

He had a former long time association with the National and Michigan Restaurant Associations. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the 86th Blackhawk Infantry Association. Paul loved the Army and over the years kept in close touch with many of those he had served with in the war.

Survivors include two nieces, Paula Davidson and Leah Davidson Talley, several cousins, second cousin, his wife Marie Lasanen, and several grand nephews and nieces. Paul always had kind words and thoughts of Nadine, his ex-wife, friend and business partner of long ago years. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Theresa.

Burial is in Arlington National Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at

Information provided by survivors.


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