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Paul Edward Hendren was born Jan 18, 1929one of 11 farm kids born to Sidney & Mabel Hendren of Leroy, Illinois.
Paul joined the army at 17 to avoid painting the family barn. He ended up spending his whole time at sea painting the ship on his way to Manilla as part of the occupational forces.
He was discharged from the Army in 1949 and landed a job and a cute girl. He convinced Madalyn Main to marry him on their second date and 64 years later still considered her his sweetheart.
Paul worked for State Farm Insurance for 38 years. In 1962 Paul and Maddy moved to Greeley, Colorado with 2 year old daughter Paula and newborn son Eric. Many friendships he made at work are ones he continued and valued until his death.
Perhaps Paul & Madalyn's greatest times were retiring in 1989 to their home in Ice Box Estates, Fraser, Colorado. It was here that they most enjoyed each other, their time with family, friends and the neighborhood which is like an extended family to them.
Paul was a devout St. Louis Cardinals fan since he was 9 years old, and a Denver Broncos season ticket holder since 1972. He enjoyed skiing at Winter Park where he covered his favorite runs since 1989. Paul enjoyed fly fishing with his son, grandson, and co-workers Lee Hooley and Mel Prothe. Madalyn turned him into an avid bird watcher and wildflower lover, which he enjoyed doing on their lot in Fraser.
He was actively involved in the community as a volunteer at Grand County Historical Association, and Fraser Seniors for many years. He looked forward to the weekly lunches with the Fraser Seniors where he and Madalyn had many friends.
Paul is survived by his wife Madalyn; brothers Merle and Everett of Leroy, Illinois; daughter Paula (Ron Remple) of Canmore, Alberta, Canada; son Eric (Julie) of Maui, Hawaii; grandson Jordan Remple (Samantha); granddaughter Cassia Remple; grandson Cameron Hendren; great-grandson Tyler Remple.
Paul left his spirit imprinted at home March 16, and left his physical body on March 18 at Denver Health Center.
Monday, March 31st, 2014 11:45am, Fraser Historical Church
I was so saddened to hear of Paul's passing. As a new State Farm agent (30 years ago) I remember how very kind he was to me, and how he was always available to help a newcomer. He was one of the nicest people in the Regional Office. I missed him after he retired. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Collette Cressy, Agent in Denver
Collette Cressy May 1 2014 12:00 AM
We are very saddened to have just read Paul's passing in the Pantagraph Obituaries. Paul was a great person to work with at State Farm in Greeley and our family have very fond memories of staying in Paul and Maddy's loft when we went to Winter Park skiing after we had moved back to Bloomington. The kids still remember Paul going out and cutting a Charley Brown Christmas tree for us one of the times we were there during Christmas. Great times! Maddy - our sympathy to you and the family.
Dennis & Jamie Ambuehl Apr 2 2014 12:00 AM
I was so sorry to hear about Paul. He was my first boss at State Farm and I enjoyed working for him for 30+ years. I will always remember the pipes he use to smoke. I loved the smell of the tobacco he used. I was so appreciative of him coming down to my retirement party 3 years ago. That meant the world to me! Rest in peace Paul!
Janet Walter Lewis Mar 29 2014 12:00 AM
When Ron married Paula we felt like we had been adopted by Paul and Madalyn. So many times we were on the receiving end of their kindness and generosity when we visited Colorado. Despite Paul's quiet strength there was another, darker, side; if you were exchanging gifts at Christmas, he would steal your candy apples if given the chance :) We are so sorry for your loss and are grateful to have known him.
Rudy and Cheryl Giesbrecht Mar 23 2014 12:00 AM
My Uncle! I remember when my Dad had surgery, and Uncle Paul and Aunt Madalyn came out to help. Eventually, the help was all Aunt Madalyn, but Uncle Paul helped where and when he could. I remember his pipe. He always had that in a tight grip between his teeth. I remember visiting them on Fell Ave. on Sunday after church. So many good memories. He is so loved, and will be so missed.
Sharon Hendren Sharp Mar 22 2014 12:00 AM
Madelyn, Paula & Eric, we loved to come out to the mountains of Colorado to visit. The best time we had there was when we stayed in the loft and I fixed a meal for you. Hope you all will cling to the memories that you made. Love to all and a big hug to aunt Madelyn. Sorry we couldn't make it out for the service.
Elmo & Mary Lou Munster Mar 22 2014 12:00 AM
Madalyn, Paula and Eric We feel so bad about Uncle Paul. We, too remember the visits to Fell St. in Normal when we were dating and the trip to Colorado when the kids were little. (Our Becky and Eric had so much fun playing with Match Box cars and she still has hers). Our hearts and love go out to all of you at this sad time but we are glad that he didn't have to suffer. May God wrap His loving arms around you and get you through this. Trust in Him that He will do just that. Dick and Marcia West
Dick and Marcia West Mar 22 2014 12:00 AM
Rest in peace Uncle Paul! Condolences to great Aunt Maddy and family! I have no idea if we ever met but I knew of you from grandpa S. Lyle Hendren.
Beth Sharp Cunningham Mar 22 2014 12:00 AM
Paul was such a kind man. Very soft spoken and smiling. He lived the dream of leaving the big city to enjoy the simple pleasures of mountain life and skiing. He and Maddie used to make big Thanksgiving dinners for anyone that didn't have "family"...Maddie cooked for days and Paul got all the tables and chairs ready. I don't know how they did it! He will be missed.
Marsha Sarver Mar 22 2014 12:00 AM