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Associates, dignitaries reflect on Hendricks’ death

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Gazette Staff
December 22, 2007
— "Ken was a terrific businessman and a hard worker but much more than that he was a great guy who meant a lot to a lot of people. He was a man whose handshake was as good as a 50-page contract. They just donít make them like that anymore. We had a lot of fun when we were together."--A.J. Foyt of A.J. Foyt Racing, whose No. 14 Indy car is sponsored by ABC Supply
"The entire racing community and Wisconsin business community have suffered a great loss with the tragic passing of Ken Hendricks. Our deepest sympathies go out to Diane Hendricks and the entire ABC Supply Co. family. Ken was a dear friend and partner of The Mile. We will truly miss his enthusiasm."--Craig Stoehr, chairman of the Milwaukee Mile that has hosted the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 Indy Car Series race annually since 2005

"He was a good friend to me and to so many people in this state. He has been such a great citizen of Wisconsin and he has done so much to help Beloit."


"Ken has been one of Wisconsinís greatest business successes and has used that success to help so many people."--Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle
"Kenís death is a tragic loss for his family and our entire community. He was a great man who was admired and loved by so many because he gave back so much. While he achieved monumental successes in life, he never lost his close connection with Rock County and the people here."--U.S. Rep Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
"Ken was a true visionary who wanted the best for his hometown. I respected Ken for his love of old architecture and industrial artifacts. That love drove him to preserve and transform some of our landmark properties in Beloit rather than bulldoze them. He helped turn blight into bright."--State Sen. Judy Robson (D-Beloit)
"Ken was a great supporter of the Rock County community and will be greatly missed. I have always had a tremendous amount of respect not only for his great work in the community but also for his optimism and dreams for our communityís future."--State Rep. Mike Sheridan (D-Janesville)
"Ken exemplified what a strong work ethic and hard work can do for someone. He worked his way up, but never lost sight of what was importantófamily and community. Ken was always ready and willing to give back and offer his assistance when it was needed."--State Rep. Chuck Benedict (D-Beloit)
"I have always admired Ken Hendricks, a man who did so much with his life. He used his talents, intelligence and determination to start a small business and make it big, while always giving back to his community. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."--State Rep. Kim Hixson (D-Whitewater)

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