Obituary: Arthur Fendrick



Arthur Fendrick, 77, Noblesville, died Dec. 5 at Prairie Lakes Health Campus in Noblesville after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born May 27, 1939 to Steven and Julia (Kubas) Fendrick in Dickinson, N.D.

Arthur was a 1957 graduate of Austin High School in Austin, Minn., received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University and his master’s in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University; he was the first in his family to have a college education. Arthur proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis; being a civil engineer, he was under orders and on standby to either disarm or detonate the nuclear missiles in Cuba at the order of the president. Arthur’s engineering unit was charged with surveying and laying out the Eternal Flame at the grave of President John F. Kennedy. For 33 years, he worked as a Civil Engineer for the Federal Highway Administration, and was involved in the development of the Eisenhower Interstate System, including the planning and construction. Arthur retired as the Division Administrator for the State of Indiana. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Arthur traveled to all 50 states, and especially enjoyed visiting the Black Hills of South Dakota. He coached softball and basketball and loved sailing, boating and camping. Arthur was the rock of his family, and cherished the time that he spent with them.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Fendrick, son Michael (Cynthia) Fendrick, daughter Deborah (John) Forbes, grandchildren Christina, Jack, Grace, Caroline, Kate and Claire Fendrick and Evelyn (Robert) Poeppelmeier and Ivana, Rebecca and John Arthur Forbes, great-grandson Israel Arthur Poeppelmeier, sister Lucille (Keith) Carlson, as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Arthur was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Fendrick.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Climb – Indiana Parkinson Foundation, 9669 E. 146th St., Suite 180, Noblesville, IN 46060; or St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57325.


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