Lawrence Kendrick spent many years doing charitable acts in his native Boyle County, according to those who knew him.
He helped with a church project to send shoe boxes filled with toys and necessities for poor children overseas at Christmas time. For years, he donated a bicycle to be used as a prize for the children of Junction City Elementary School at the school's annual fall festival.
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He served on the board of Boyle County Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes for people with low incomes. And he provided support, financial and otherwise, in the adoptions of four of his grandchildren from overseas.
Mr. Kendrick was seriously injured June 6 in a traffic accident in Russia, where he was involved in another kind act — working on a church youth camp. A taxi in which he was riding in the town of Bryansk was struck by a dump truck, said his son, Larry Kendrick of Danville.
Mr. Kendrick died Wednesday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, more than a week after he had been taken by air ambulance back to Kentucky. He was 68.
The retired farm equipment salesman was on his third trip to Russia as a volunteer missionary since 2001 when he was injured.
“I think his first trip there kind of hooked him on the Russian culture and the Russian people,” Larry Kendrick said.
In 2001, Mr. Kendrick helped build a church in Russia; in 2004, he helped build a church addition in that country. On both of those trips he helped distribute clothing and toys to orphanages.
“He had a heart for kids,” his son said.
Back home, Mr. Kendrick had been a children's Sunday school teacher for more than 25 years at First Baptist Church of Junction City.
“Lawrence was a key part of our congregation,” said the Rev. Dale Denton, pastor of the church.
Mr. Kendrick, a lifelong Boyle County resident, was a graduate of Stanford High School, where he played football and basketball, and a four-year veteran of the Air Force.
In addition to his son, Larry Kendrick, Mr. Kendrick is survived by his wife, Ramona Kendrick; his mother, Hazel Kendrick; two other sons, Pete Kendrick and Mark Kendrick; a brother; a sister; and nine grandchildren.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Junction City. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Saturday at the church.