Ken Hendricks lived modestly, in spite of his wealth. Forbes ranked him as the 91st richest man in America.
He made a fortune in the roofing business, starting out working with his father and then going into business for himself. In the course of his work, he discovered a niche that needed filling and he filled it. Twenty-five years ago, he formed a roofing supply distribution firm that gave roofers a single source for all the things that they needed.
Today, he was inspecting the roof of his garage at his Rock County home when he fell through. He died of massive head injuries.
A man wealthy enough to pay someone to fix his roof had to do it himself. It's the way he was, not flaunting what he had and not letting money change him. A roofer by nature and habit, he made a mistake that cost him his life. It could have happened to him long ago, back when he was a young man working at his trade, and it would not be unheard of for a roofer to die from such a fall. It's just so ironic that Mr. Hendricks died in this way.