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David Joseph Hendricks

June 28, 1951 — January 12, 2023

David Joseph Hendricks, 71, of Allentown, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2023, at his residence. He was the husband of Barbara (Zwarycz) Hendricks. David was born in Bethlehem on June 28, 1951 to the late Henry Milton, Sr. and Frances Elinora (Carl) Hendricks. He worked as an IT Consultant for Computer Aid, Inc. in Allentown for many years until retiring in 2016. David was a member of East Hills Moravian Church, Bethlehem. Dave was a demonstratively loving husband and father; truly, “I love you” was almost a mantra to Dave. Dave was a good friend to many people all over the globe and his humor was well-known to those who knew him. His varied interests were the subject of many Facebook posts. Whether it was making, throwing, collecting or teaching youngsters about boomerangs, smoking meats and cheese, seeking out lighthouses, chasing down steam locomotives, fishing, traveling or displaying his collection of nativities, his enthusiasm was evident in all he did.

With a solid foundation in his Christian faith, Dave found many ways to live out his faith. He loved music, playing in brass bands for church and singing in the choir or as a soloist for special music. He participated in Habitat for Humanity builds and Gulf Coast rebuilding, following Hurricane Katrina, as part of church mission teams. Dave has been a volunteer for Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering almost since its inception in 2009 as a volunteer driver, meal host and kitchen staff. He continued to serve in whatever manner he was able until his death.

His family and friends will miss Dave's wit, humor, and enthusiasm, but most of all, we will miss his smile, his warmth and his hugs.

Survivors: in addition to his wife of 52 years: mother-in-law Alice Zwarycz of Bethlehem; siblings: Barbara (Gary) Mongilutz of Louisville, KY, Patricia Hendricks of Bethlehem, Sharon Hendricks of Bethlehem, Gayle Hendricks of Bethlehem; two partners of his late son: Chelsea Hendricks and Amy Milberger of Houston, TX. He was predeceased by his son: Vincent Eric Hendricks on December 7, 2022; siblings: Henry Milton Hendricks, Jr., Glenn R. Hendricks and Elinora Siegfried.

Service: Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 11:00 am at his church, 1830 Butztown Road-Bethlehem, PA 18017. A calling hour at 9:30 am will precede the service. The Connell Funeral Home, Inc., Bethlehem is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at

Inurnment will be in the EcoEternity Forest at Pocono Plateau Camp and Retreat Center at the convenience of the family.

Dave's Celebration of Life service is his parting gift to us, when he offers us his wit, humor and faith expression one last time. Dave's favorite colors were purple and orange. Attendees are encouraged to wear one or both of these colors. To participate in his final pun and offering, you are invited to bring a small bag of all-purpose flour, the purpose of which will be revealed during the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to either Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering, 75 East Market Street-Bethlehem, PA 18018, Northeast Community Center, 1161 Fritz Drive-Bethlehem, PA 18017 or his church, 1830 Butztown Road-Bethlehem, PA 18017.

EcoEternity Forest at Pocono Plateau Camp and Retreat Center
Pocono Plateau Road
Cresco PA 18326

Saturday, January 28, 2023
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
East Hills Moravian
1830 Butztown Road
Bethlehem PA 18017

Celebration of Life
Saturday, January 28, 2023
11:00 AM
East Hills Moravian
1830 Butztown Road
Bethlehem PA 18017

Funeral HomeConnell Funeral Home, Inc.
245 East Broad St.
Bethlehem PA - 18018

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