Richard Lane Hendershot (73) of Clovis, New Mexico, passed away at home on August 23, 2018. The Rosary will be held at 6:00pm on Friday, August 31st, at the Steed-Todd Funeral home in Clovis. The funeral will be held at 12:45pm on Saturday, September 1st, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Clovis.
Richard was born in Clovis, New Mexico, on February 1, 1945 to Mack and Merline (Myers) Hendershot. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1963. Richard received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University in 1967, a master’s degree from ENMU in 1976, and a doctorate in education from California Coast University in 2000.
Richard was married to Cheryll (Powell) from 1965-1993. They had two children, Cyndy and Scott. Richard met Nora (Quiñones) in 2000, and they were married.
Richard was a life-long educator. He taught public school, starting in 1967, teaching in Elida, Portales, and Dora. He taught at Melrose High School from 1973 until he retired in 1992. Richard also taught adjunct for ENMU-Clovis, Clovis Community College, Chapman College, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He began teaching for Wayland Baptist University at Cannon AFB in 1998 and later became the director of the teacher education program at WBU in Clovis, a position that Richard still held at his death.
Richard enjoyed fishing, archery, and hunting. He was a Sacristan and Eucharistic Minister at Sacred Heart Parish and contributed to his community by participating in the Food Pantry. Richard was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Merline Hendershot, and his two brothers, Roland and Roger. He is survived by his wife Nora; his children Cyndy (Paul) and Scott (Christopher); his step-daughters Rosa White and Wanda Knight-Griffin; step-grandchildren Gabriel, Quenton, and Joshua White, and Natalie Knight-Griffin; his Aunt Betty Hendershot (John); and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to your favorite charity.
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your Family in this difficult time.
Stan HewittVictoria BC,
Prayers to all the family , truly a special person in so many lives, in mine also. Gods speed , amen
Randall CrenshawWindsor, CA
What wonderful memories I have of the “family” we had at Wayland. Thanks to Doc and Nora each student was made to feel special. What a wonderful legacy to have left behind. Your family is in our prayers, Nora.
It has been a lot of years since I last saw you while attending ENMU. We always missed you at the Class of 63 reunions. My thoughts and condolences to the family.
Julia GonzalesClovis, NM
Nora my deepest sympathy. Prayers for you and your family. God bless you.
Debbie ReyesClivis, NM
Dr.Hendershot was a wonderful instructor. He touched many lives and I will forever be grateful and blessed to have known him. I will cherish the memories and the lessons he taught me. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this time. Rest In Peace Dr. H.
Amanda PalaciosAlbuquerque, NM
The most amazing math teacher. Made class so much fun! I would have never been the math teacher I am today with out his amazing guidance. Rest In Peace to an amazing educator and man!
Jennifer VandiverClovis, NM
Rest in peace Rich! I have many fond memories of working with Dr Hendershot at Cannon AFB. He devoted himself to helping students at every academic level to succeed! In addition to working as a Community College of the Air Force Advisor and Math Refresher instructor, he served as a professor at Wayland Baptist University!
My condolences to Nora, Scott and all other family members.
Gerry Ann JuchniewiczClovis, NM
My favorite math teacher at Melrose High School. Prayers for the family.
Harold HouseSan Antonio, TX