Melinda Hendricks

Date of Death: Oct 30, 2021
Melinda Hendricks

1955 - 2021

Melinda “Mindy” Hendricks, 66, of Waupun, passed away Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee with her daughter by her side.

Mindy was born February 18, 1955 in Waupun, the daughter of Marvin (Booty) and Phyllis Beske Hendricks. Mindy graduated from Waupun High School in 1973. She attended UW Platteville and received her degree in criminal justice. She became the first female police officer hired in Waupun. Mindy moved up the ranks and became Deputy Police Chief of Waupun until her retirement, working there for 33 years. She enjoyed working at Last Chapter, waitressing, and Piggly Wiggly in Waupun where she enjoyed working in grocery and then managing Cattails. Mindy enjoyed every minute of being able to talk with everyone she met, providing a listening ear and a positive caring spirit. Mindy’s smile, laugh and loving heart are truly going to be missed. Mindy was a member of Pella Lutheran Church in Waupun. Mindy was beyond proud of her daughter Kathryn and her three grandchildren. When Kathryn married Justin she was welcomed into the Madigan family and enjoyed many family events.

Mindy is survived by her daughter, Kathryn (Justin) Madigan of Rosendale; three grandchildren: Eisleigh, Gus, and Duke Madigan; three siblings: Monica (Skip) Baumhardt, Tom (Kathy) Hendricks, and Dan (Barb) Hendricks, all of Waupun; two sisters-in-law: Kay Hendricks and Karen Hendricks; brother-in-law, Barry Netzel; beloved aunt, Phyllis Beske; her dog Emma; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Mindy was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers: Bob Hendricks and Gary Hendricks; a sister, Missy Netzel; and an unborn grandchild.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-7 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Mindy Hendricks will be held Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Pella Lutheran Church in Waupun with Pastor David Knuth officiating.


Burial will follow at Springvale Cemetery in the town of Springvale.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being started in Mindy’s name.

Memorial Video

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  1. Ruth Rehrauer Says: November 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Mindy’s family..she was a kind,generous and upbeat person.
    Mindy’s beautiful smile will be missed.
    Jim and Ruth Rehrauer

  2. Marilyn Vander Sanden Says: November 2, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mindy’s family at this most difficult time.

  3. Betty Krenz Says: November 2, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Sending my condolences to the family. I met her when she was a police officer. She was a kind, friendly person and when a kid was in trouble she would talk to them in a kind and understanding way.

  4. Jim and Sue Zimmerman Says: November 2, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    In 1979, Mindy and I were hired 6 days apart at the Waupun PD. From that day on we were ….really buddies, though we seldom worked the same shift together. In 1981, after the death of fellow officer George Lucas, She spearheaded the George Lucas scholarship foundation which continued for 20 years. It lasted that long only because of the diligence and fortitude of Mindy. She had a huge heart and an infectious laugh and was always optimistic. We lost contact since our respective retirements, but Mindy will always have a spot in my heart. God Bless you Mindy.

  5. Doreen WA Conger Says: November 3, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    She had that smile you could not forget and a fun loving huge heart.I first met her when she worked at the Wild Goose Inn. She had a very happy SPIRIT and I loved working with her… Taken to soon, another angel watching over us all!!! RIP dear lady!!! Prayers to her daughter and family and friends!

  6. Janet Lucas Says: November 7, 2021 at 11:18 am

    My deepest sympathy to Mindy’s family. I got to know her when my husband & her we’re in police school together & the working in Waupun. She was a wonderful person. She was very supportive to me when my husband passed away. I will always remember her kindness & that lovely smile.

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