It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Bob Hendricks, 66, who worked out of our Paducah, KY office. Bob passed in his sleep on Saturday, May 6, 2023. Mourning his passing is his wife of 27 years, Kathy, his family, colleagues, and countless friends. He was very involved with Masonic Lodge #369 in Mayfield, KY, and he loved camping in the wilderness with his beloved dog Buddy.
Bob was a pioneer in the diving world. He served with the U.S. Navy as a diver and a rescue swimmer, achieving the rank of Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator (AW1) Petty Officer 1st Class, attached to the USS Barry. Bob started his own diving company in 1990. In 2016, Bob joined Marine Solutions as a Business Development Manager. He was very instrumental in building our client base in the northern Kentucky and Four Rivers area around western Kentucky.
During his career, Bob served on the board of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) and as the Midwest Chapter Chairperson. He held ADCI dive card Number 8 which he was always very proud to pass along. Bob said his career was not always pleasant, but it was always rewarding. “I’ve seen a lot of things, been a lot of places, met a lot of good people. It’s exciting to see the younger divers thriving and making the industry better.”
For those who knew and loved Bob, you know he never met a stranger. He always had a story - most of them unfiltered! Thank you, Bob, for sharing your stories, and for helping pave the way to make the diving world safer and better for all divers, you will be missed.