Henry Theodore Radford, 78, a Seattle, Wash. resident, passed away on Feb. 27, 2014, at his home. He was born on March 27, 1935, to Henry Forest Radford and Marian Theodora (Quinn) Radford at Hoquiam General Hospital in Hoquiam, Wash.
Ted Radford was a large baby and weighed 13 pounds and 2 ounces. As a baby, he was in local ads, which said: “Teddy Radford drinks Smith’s milk.”
He attended Hoquiam High School and graduated in the class of 1953. He played football as a Hoquiam Grizzly. Upon graduation, he enrolled in the U.S. Army from 1953 during the Korean War. He served at Fort Lewis, Fort Ord in California, and Fort Bragg, N.C., where he became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. After his military service, he attended and graduated from Grays Harbor College. Ted worked for Mayr Brother’s Logging Company. He graduated from the University of Washington with a BA degree and took over his father’s business (Radford’s Auto Parts on Lincoln St.) for several years. Ted became interested in real estate building and development. He was a policeman on the U of W campus and a member of the Hoquiam City Council. He completed advanced classes in Near Eastern History from U.W. and he was also a member of the Hoquiam Elks and the National Realtors Association.
Ted married Stephanie Jan Dotson on Sept. 9, 1968. He had no children. He is survived by his spouse, and a sister, Mary L. (Radford) Olsen, a retired teacher who lives in Sand Point, Alaska. He has two nieces; Ingrid Carlson and Laurel Olsen-Piscoya, who both live in Anchorage, Alaska, a cousin, Janet Hubble, who lives in Shelton, Wash, and many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews in Alaska.
Ted was an avid reader and collector of books and had over 7,000 volumes at his death. He loved history and biographies. Both in high school and at Grays Harbor College his history teachers praised him as one of the best students they had ever had.
Two years ago he visited all of his family in Anchorage and Sand Point, Alaska, where the family all salmon fish in the summer, and he called it “paradise.” As Alaskans, we all figured he got that right.
He will be buried at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, Wash., on Aug. 6 at 2 p.m., with full military honors.