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Richard G. (Dickie) Hendrickson, 82, Columbia, KY native

Commander Richard G. "Dickie" Hendrickson, USCG (Retired) passed away peacefully at the age of 82 in Sequim, WA.

Dickie was born and raised in Columbia, Kentucky and went on to see most of the world in his long and distinguished military career.

He met Shirley in Washington D.C. where they were both serving in the U.S. Navy. Marriage and children soon followed. As newlyweds they were stationed in Honolulu Hawaii, a place they loved and often visited in their nearly 60 years together.

After serving on many ships and stations as diverse as Greenland, Tokyo, Alaska, NYC, Grayland WA, and many more, Dickie retired with 33 years of service. With the world at their fingertips, they chose to make Port Angeles, WA their home. The following years were a whirlwind of hosting gatherings of family and friends, travelling the world, volunteering, opening their home to exchange students and military travellers, attending services and lutefisk dinners at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and so much more. Their home was full of love, and rang with music and laughter.

Dickie was preceded in death by his father, Marion Hendrickson, his mother Isabell Browning Grissom, his infant brother David Allen, his sister Judy Goodin, his stillborn twin daughters in 1958, and by Shirley in 2014. His ashes will join hers in the Holy Trinity Memorial Garden in Port Angeles in a private family gathering. A family gathering will be held in Columbia as well.

Dickie leaves behind his children Nancy (Dan), David, and Rich (Marjorie), several grand and great grandchildren, brother J. W. (Linda) Hendrickson, sisters Brenda Trent, Barbara Giles and Ruth Melton, cousins, and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends worldwide, along with his friend and caregiver E.J., and the entire staff at Dungeness Courte Memory Care, his loving and happy home of the past six years.

Donations made in Dickie's name to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (, or a local hospice of your choice, will be greatly appreciated.

Fair weather and following seas Commander, your crew has the watch now.

This story was posted on 2020-09-07 17:21:55
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Commander Richard G. (Dickie) Hendrickson, USCG, 82, Columbia, KY native

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