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Ted Harlan Hendrickson

Ted Harlan Hendrickson, beloved brother, cousin, uncle, and friend, passed away on April 23, 2024, at the age of 58 in Longview, Washington. Ted was born July 24th, 1965, in Vancouver Washington to Harlan Eugene Hendrickson and Florence Eleanor (Tover) Hendrickson. The youngest of five siblings, he grew up on Puget Island along Welcome Slough, just a few minutes from the majestic Columbia River. Ted attended Wahkiakum High School in Cathlamet, and then briefly attended Eastern Oregon State College and Shoreline Community College before graduating from the Divers Institute of Technology and, later, from Swift Truck Driving School. He worked for many years as a commercial truck driver like his father.

Often described as having a heart of gold, Ted rarely said a negative word about others. He embodied the values that come with growing up in a small town – family, community, simplicity, and neighborly kindness. Ted preferred living an authentic and uncomplicated life and enjoyed people from all backgrounds without judgment. Animals, particularly dogs, loved Ted instantly and he returned the feeling. He loved watching sports, reading, and crossword puzzles. Quiet, fun-loving, and easy to be with, Ted created space where people could let down their guard and simply be themselves. His companionable presence was a precious gift in a hectic and competitive world. He spent his last few years living in Cathlamet and was happy to be back.

Ted is survived by his three siblings, Don Hendrickson (Carole Souvenir), Brad Hendrickson (Laura McDowell) and Mike Hendrickson (Lela DePaolo), and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved sister, Katie Hendrickson (Jagdish Yellessetty). Countless family and friends miss him dearly. Rest in peace, dear Ted.


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