Past NIADA President Dies

By Staff Writer May 14, 2020


The NIADA announced this week that Opie Hendricks, a past president of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association and a local icon in McKinleyville, Calif., died April 12, at the age of 90 with his family at his bedside.

Hendricks served as president of the IADA of California in 1992-93 and was NIADA president in 2002-03. He owned and operated Opie’s Fine Cars, the McKinleyville dealership he opened in 1968, for almost 50 years until his retirement.

In addition to his business, Hendricks was well known for his community service. He was involved in everything from sponsoring Little League teams and serving as grand marshal of Pony Express Days to donating cars for Safe and Sober graduation events and teaching local high school students how to buy a car.

Born in Center Ridge, Ark., Hendricks joined the Army in 1948 and moved to California in 1950, where a year later he married Imogene, his wife of 69 years.

“I have never met a more genuine human being,” NIADA past president Michael Cunningham said of Hendricks. “He was full of kind thoughts and down-home country wisdom. The world is a better place because Opie was here.”

Hendricks is survived by Imogene; children, Dennis Hendricks (Kathi), Greg Hendricks (Karen), Debra Littlefield (Chris) and Michelle Hendricks-Pollace (Dan); eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as his brother, Wayne Hendricks.

A celebration of his life will be held at a future date to be determined.

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