Tedford Morgan Hendrickson
GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. Tedford Morgan Hendrickson died at his home in Grand Junction, Colorado, on Dec. 5, 2009, with his wife of 62 years by his side.
Ted was born in Youngstown in 1924 to Bert R. and Ethel Hendrickson.
He graduated from Chaney High School in 1942. He married Beverly A. Benjamin in 1947, the same year he graduated from Ohio State University.
He was an avid football fan and the family is glad he got to see Ohio State beat Michigan this year. He was employed as a mechanical engineer for Youngstown Sheet and Tube for 36 years. He was credited with designing equipment that helped to reduce pollution from the steel mills. He also consulted with plants in Pittsburgh, Chicago and Santiago, Chile.
Ted and Bev retired to Grand Junction in 1986 to be close to their grandchildren.
Everyone who knew Ted loved him. He was a wonderful father, husband, provider and friend. He was active in parent-teacher, professional and home-owners organizations as well as serving as elder in the area of stewardship and finance for the Presbyterian Church.
They raised their children in Poland. He was very active in their lives and was so proud of them all. He especially enjoyed watching his sons play football.
In their retirement, Ted and Bev enjoyed many car trips across the country to visit far-flung offspring. One of the highlights of Teds life was a trip to Cairo, Egypt to visit his daughter and her family.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; sons, Ted Jr. (Solly) of Paducah, Ky., John Kip (Barb) of Chicago; daughters, Barbara Kirtland (Dennis) of Grand Junction and Laura Young (Doug), of Bozeman, Mont.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert M. Hendrickson.
Cremation has occurred. A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 23, at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road in Grand Junction.
Arrangements are being handled by Callahan Edfast.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial fund at the First Presbyterian Church in Teds name.