Rolland M. Hendee
Rolland M. Hendee, whose electrical sales and consulting career started with the electrification of rural America in the 1930s, died Jan. 24 in Wilber, Neb., of complications from diabetes. He was 92.Hendee lived in Englewood for 58 years before moving to Wilber two years ago.A native of Panama, Neb., Hendee graduated from Clatonia High School. He married Rosetta Essman of DeWitt, Neb., in 1931. They were married for 68 years before her death in 1999. Hendee attended electrician school in Chicago, operated a Panama hardware store, repaired radios and wired houses.In 1939, the family moved to Potter, Neb., where Hendee was superintendent of the electrical plant. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served three years during World War II as a radio aviation technician in Brazil and in Corpus Christi, Texas.Hendee moved the family to Colorado, settling in Englewood in 1946. He spent more than three decades traveling Colorado, Wyoming, and parts of Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico, selling electric meters and other equipment. He worked for Hamilton Associates of Denver during most of those years.Hendee retired in 1978, but continued to build test boards for calibrating electric meters, and to consult with former customers. In 1997, the Rocky Mountain Metering Association honored Hendee with an award for more than 50 years of service to the industry.Survivors include sons Darvin Hendee and Dennis Hendee, both of Littleton, and Robert Hendee of Glenwood Springs; daughter Rosann Baehr of Clatonia, Neb.; son-in-law Del Hessel of Fort Collins; daughter-in-law Melba Hendee of Scottsbluff, Neb.; and 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He also is survived by a brother, Jay Hendee of Everett, Wash.; and a sister, Lottie Thompson, of Fremont, Neb. Daughter Merilyn Hessel and son Darold Hendee both died in 1993.
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