Henry Heckendorn (Hank), born Jan. 2, 1922, was raised in a pioneer family in Winthrop. At 16 he graduated high school as salutatorian and enrolled in engineering at the University of Washington, taking flying lessons on the side. Working at Boeing, he met Beatrice Williams; they were married on Oct. 23, 1945. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Naval Air Corps. He studied law at the UW, practiced for over 50 years, and represented Seattle’s Queen Anne district in the 1955-56 state Legislature. He was a leader in his legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi, serving as international president in 1970-71.
Hank loved his roots in the Methow Valley and returned often to visit family and friends, including annual Memorial Day services at Sullivan Cemetery. While you could take Hank out of the valley, you never took the valley out of Hank. He also enjoyed traveling, boating, hiking, snow skiing and water-skiing, and taking photos of it all. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he corresponded regularly with all his extended family.
Nothing pleased him more than serving others. His children have fond memories of family vacations at Lake Chelan and Winthrop, his support for their sports teams and activities (even chaperoning the ski school bus for many years), and his enthusiastic off-key singing while Bea played Rogers and Hammerstein on the piano. Hank’s memory is cherished by his wife of 70 years, Beatrice, his siblings Robert (Nanette) Heckendorn, Donna (John) Holmes, and Doris Moody, by his children and their spouses David and Roselle Heckendorn (Andover, Massachusetts), Elizabeth and Jon Cook (Santa Barbara, California), and Geraldine and Dean Poor (Mercer Island, Washington); and by grandchildren John Henry, Marianna and Peter, Connor and Hugh, Aaron and Ben.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Interment in Sullivan Cemetery will follow later this year. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to The Cove Food Bank, Seattle Children’s Hospital, University Temple United Methodist Church, or your favorite charity.