Leon E. Hendrickson

Born: Tue., Oct. 5, 1926
Died: Sun., Jul. 23, 2017


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jul. 27, 2017
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Fri., Jul. 28, 2017
Location: Towne Square Business & Community Centre

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Fri., Jul. 28, 2017
Location: Towne Square Business & Community Centre

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Leon E. Hendrickson (Lonnie), 90, passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at the Summers Pointe Senior Living in Winchester, IN.  Leon was born on October 5, 1926, in nearby Union City, IN, the son of Charles and Mary Hendrickson.  He was a 1944 graduate of McKinley High School.

He was a dedicated father, grandfather and husband.  He loved the Main Street Christian Church where he served as a Deacon and Elder over the years and he was named Elder Emeritus.. And he loved Silver Towne, the business he founded with his loving wife Ruhama (Hamie) and he treated all of his employees like family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Ruhama Pearl Rhoades; a brother, Chester Hendrickson; two grandsons, Jason Andrew Barker and Corby Lee Hendrickson. 

He is survived by one brother, Stanley Hendrickson (wife Gretchen) and one sister, Myrtle Huffer; a son, David Hendrickson (wife Debbie); two daughters, Kathy Barker (husband Steve) and Tanda Abel (husband Tony); Grandchildren, Carrie Chipley (husband Mike) of Kalispell, MT, Ryan Barker (wife Katie), Kevin Barker (wife Shannon), Eric Barker (wife Melanie) all of Winchester, Andy Abel (Amanda Hindsley), Tyler Abel (wife Allanna) both of Winchester, Brock Abel (wife Eva) of Muncie, Chad Allen (wife Jami) of Lynn, Cheyanne Allen of Fairview, TN; great grandchildren, Kaitlyn Chipley (Chris McClung), Abby and Rachel Chipley, Paige, Parker, Jane and Payne Abel, Jayden Hindsley, Emmaline and Tillman Abel, Emerson and Lillian Abel, Mason and Molly Barker, Ross and Breena Barker, Lexie and Chloe Barker, Elijah, Alyssa and Noah Allen; two great-great grandson, Keldrick Enis and Liam McClung.

He was a nationally recognized Numismatist with more than 22 Accomplishments and Awards, Plus more than 30 numismatic organizations.  He served as President of the Professional Numismatists Guild, Central States Numismatic Association, and the Indiana State Numismatic Association.  He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the PNG and the Silver Dollar Roundtable and the Blue Ridge Numismatic Association just to name a few of the 30 state and national organizations.  Locally he was voted Citizen of the Year by the Winchester Lions Club in 1982.

From humble beginnings as a farmer, Leon first joined the US navy at the age of 17 to fight in World War II aboard the USS Caldwell in the South Pacific.  ON his first leave home he married Ruhama and quickly rejoined his ship to finish out the war. 

After the ware he came home to Winchester and worked hard to raise his family.  He was a farmer and substitute rural mail carrier.  He also started several businesses such as a skating rink while working on the farm.  He opened the famous Rainbow Restaurant in downtown Winchester which he ran 24 hours a day,  7 days a week for 20 years (while still farming).  He also found time to serve on the local school board for 16 years and the board of directors of a local bank (which he later became the majority stockholder of).

Operating the Rainbow restaurant for 20 years he became fascinated with the hobby of coin collecting.  He started a small coin shop above the Rainbow and then began showing his coins at local coin shows around the area.  His hobby soon became a full-time profession.  He moved the “Winchester Coin Shop” into the basement of his home and began doing business at some of the largest coin shows in the country.  The Winchester Coin Shop soon became known as ‘Silver Towne’ as the business expanded into not only rare coins but also silver and gold bullions coins and bars.  Leon became known as one of the leading experts in the hobby and profession of coin collecting as well as investing in silver and gold bullion.  Silver Towne soon began manufacturing its own brand of pure silver bars which even today are widely sought after by investors nationwide.

Of course Leon’s Silver Towne soon became too large for his basement.  It now operates out of the beautiful 2 story building that he built next to his home and employs over 100 people.

“Make new friends but keep the old.  One is silver the other gold.” 

A celebration of Leon’s life will be held on Friday, July 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Winchester Towne Square Community Centre, 123 W. Franklin St., Winchester, IN 47394, with Steve McCoy officiating.  Entombment will follow at the Fountain Park Center in Winchester, IN.

Friends and family may call on Thursday, July 27, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Town Square Community Centre as well as an hour prior to services on Friday

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be given to:  Leon and Ruhama Hendrickson and Family Scholarship Fund, 213 S. Main St., Winchester, IN 47394 or  online at www.randolphcountyfoundation.org or Hendrickson Trust Fund for Local Out Reach, 1212 E. 100 S, Winchester, IN 47394

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at walkerswinchester.com.

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MJ Bailey
   Posted Sun July 23, 2017
My deepest sympathy to the family

Julian Leidman
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
My sincere condolences to the entire Hendrickson family. Leon was a mentor and inspiration to hundreds, if not thousands of coin dealers. He was beyond reproach and conducted all of his transactions with the highest integrity and service that was possible. His tens of thousands of customers are all saddened by his passing. He was a Giant in all aspects of his life.

Denise Hahn
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
My deepest sympathy for your loss.

Jim and Betty Stalcup
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
We will miss him very much. We know he is in a better place and he is with Hamie. It was a pleasure working with him on projects at Main St Church

Eddie Lowy
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
My condolences to the entire Hendrickson-Abel-Barker families. Lonnie was one of the true numismatic mentors in my life. We met at a coin show in Columbus back in 1972.....I was a young kid who was working for a dealer, he was the big dealer I was trying to sell coins to. i guess he saw something special, for he taught me how honesty, integrity, and keeping your word in business would lead to success. He also stressed the importance of education in numismatics. I knew by the time I was 15, that I would be a professional coin dealer in a store of my own. Lonnie encouraged that goal. My goal was met at 21, and 37 years later I attribute much of my love of numismatics to Lonnie Hendrickson. His ways of conducting business in the highest of standards have continued on thru David his son, Tony, his son in law, and his fine grandsons Tyler, Andy, and Brock. They all have a piece of Lonnie embedded in their bodies and minds thus allowing the fine reputation of Silvertowne to continue on as Lonnie wished for decades to come. Lonnie nicknamed me Doc, because when we were at that Columbus show, we both were suffering so bad from the summer pollen, I gave him some of my allergy medicine that my father,who was an internist had packed in my little suitcase. Thus the nickname "DOC" to this day. I was fortunate enough to be in Winchester on July 15, spending some time with Tony. After lunch, we went to visit Lonnie. It was a quiet visit, but he said "Hi Doc".....I said my personal words to him, thanking him for being my teacher, my friend, my mentor. I held his hand , kissed him on the forehead....and quietly left to travel back to Pittsburgh. Thankyou Lonnie for what you did for me, your family, and everyone who was lucky enough to touch and be in your your life. May you rest in peace. May all the goodness and love you possessed be a part of all of us in each of our individual lives, and may we pass the torch on to other individuals as you did all your life.......May God spread your spirit of life throughout heaven.

Gayle Pike
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
My heartfelt sympathy to you all. When I first started in business I heard how well thought of Leon was and how honest and fair he was with people. As I got to know him he became a roll model for me. He will be sadly missed by many. My prayers for you all.

Dave Harper
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
We have lost a giant. It was a privilege to share the numismatic field with Leon. Let's keep his memory alive by trying to be as enthusiastic, hard working and supportive of coin collecting as he always was.

Ed Karn/Allen's Coin Shop
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hendrickson family, the Silver Towne family, and friends. May special memories help give you comfort and peace during these difficult times ahead. Ed & Thresa Karn and family, and the staff at Allen's Coin Shop

Priscilla Hunter Geerdes
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
My dad, John Hunter, worked for Leon from 1979-1987, and every time I entered SilverTowne, Leon would greet me with a smile and some quarters for the coke machine. He even let me try to ride his dog a few times! He made a huge impact on me in the short time I knew him. Many prayers for his family in this difficult time.

Deb (Helms) Mills
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
I am very thankful for the memories I have growing up with Tanda and the Hendrickson family. still remember going to the Rainbow after church and many hours spent at the skating rink. I am thankful I was always treated as friend even in recent years when visiting Silver Towne and lucky enough to see Lonnie there. Lonnie would always make time to sit and talk with me personally. Peace be with you all.

Cathie and Ron Martz
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
Tanda, so sorry to hear about your dad. It's always hard to lose a parent. I know from your stories you had great loving parents. Take care. Thinking of you, Tony, Kathy, David and family.

Dennis Gehringer
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to Leon's Family. Our prayers are with you on this occasion.

Bill and Beth Ann Hendrickson
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
Our sympathies to all the family. He will be missed.

William & Pamela Blackwell
   Posted Fri July 28, 2017
RIP Leon...you know our love for your SilverTowne silver bars over the years...it has been a pleasure doing business with ya Leon and the outstanding service from your whole SilverTowne family

David and Nina Kelly
   Posted Sat August 05, 2017
It was with deep regret that physical restrictions prevented me from paying my respects in person. Your loss of Leon meant we lost not only a great businessman but a pillar of the community. It was an honor and joy to have known Leon all these years, from the time I got dropped off at the Rainbow after the b-ball games until now. Rest well with Hamie, Leon.

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