Theodore A. "Ted" Hendrickson, 78, of Echo died Thursday, July 10, 2008, at his home after an extended illness.

Viewing will be from noon-7 p.m. today in the Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton.

His funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pendleton. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.

Mr. Hendrickson was born Jan. 21, 1930, in Lake Park, Minn., to Carl A. and Grace E. (Churchill) Lind. He was raised and attended schools in Hackensack and Akeley, Minn., and was raised by Nelius and Grace Hendrickson; he later changed his last name to Hendrickson.

In the spring of 1942 he moved to Sunnyside, Wash., graduating in 1947. During summers while in high school, he worked in the asparagus fields. He also enjoyed playing sports, including football and basketball.

He began working for Harris Pine Mills in 1947. He married Elma M. Ringering in 1950; they later divorced. He worked at Harris Pine until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1952, serving his country as airman second class and staff sergeant as an aircraft mechanic during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1956 and returned to Oregon.

In 1957 he returned to work for Harris Pine, and worked as a saw filer until his retirement when the mill closed in 1992.

During his time with Harris Pine as well as after his retirement, he enjoyed farming west of town between Pendleton and Echo.

He married June M. Littler in 1990 in Hermiston. The family made their home on the family farm near Echo. He enjoyed breaking horses and loved his farming. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was an elder in the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Pendleton for many years He was an avid rockhound and also enjoyed photography.

Survivors include his wife, June Hendrickson of Echo; sons Rick and Calvin Hendrickson, both of Pendleton, Delwyn Hendrickson of Echo, and Carson Hendrickson of Kelso, Wash.; daughter Gayla Calvert of West Richland, Wash.; stepdaughters Rhonda Randall of Hermiston, Donna Michel of Caldwell, Idaho, Tamara Partney of Pendleton, and Sandra Hendrickson of Echo; brothers Gerald Hendrickson of Fruitland, Idaho, and Erland Hendrickson of Aztec, N.M.; sisters Marcella Schwisow of Kennewick, Wash., and Anita Edwards of Greenville, Va.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nelius and Grace (Hendrickson) Robinson.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in care of the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

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