Friday, December 19, 2014

Terry Wayne Hebdon


Terry Wayne Hebdon was born July 16th, 1957 in Ephrata WA, to Keith Auger and Idris Egbert Hebdon.  One of 7 children, he was taught the value of hard work, responsibility, honesty and integrity, a love for family, and a faith in and love for God.

He attended Ricks College and then served a mission in Spain for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and has continued serving faithfully in many positions through the years.

Terry enjoyed farming and followed his dream to live in Royal City and farm with his dad and family, eventually purchasing the business when his dad retired. 

Terry had a love for learning and would often enjoy reading the dictionary and finding new words.  He had a special talent of arranging words on paper to create a message or poem that would touch hearts so tenderly.  These many poems remain with family and friends to fill their hearts with love for this special man and his love for them.

Terry met, courted, and married Elaine Rodeback in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple for time and eternity on February 12th, 1980.  Their eternal family began to grow and Terry continued to work hard to support this family he loved – 9 children, 5 daughters-in-law, eleven grandchildren and a posterity that will continue to grow for years to come.

Family has always been important to him and he strived to teach his children the same values and gospel principles that sustained him in life.  He led by example, even, and maybe especially, while facing adversity.  

His life changed in 2004 as he was diagnosed with lymphoma and leukemia and through the years other cancers and complications were added to his challenge.  This path was not an easy one but with Elaine by his side and with the help and prayers of his children, family, and friends, and an unwavering faith in Jesus Christ, he held strong and faithful to the end.   Even in his hardest moments he could be heard saying “I’m fine!”

Terry Wayne Hebdon passed away December 10th, 2014 in the Wenatchee Valley Hospital, surrounded by his beloved wife, some of his “best buddies” and supported by the love and prayers of others.

He will be missed but never forgotten.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 20th at 10:00, in Royal Camp at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Internment will immediately follow at the Royal City Cemetery.   Please sign the online guestbook or leave a note for the family at Arrangements are in care of Kayser’s Chapel & Crematory, Moses Lake.


Just a note:
This was one of the hardest things to do - write an obituary for my husband/best friend.  I really wished for his words to help me write this, but I felt on my own.  Though I was feeling on my own, I was not - eventually, with the help of my children and encouragement from my mother, and then comfort and guidance from above this task was completed.  It is hard to try and remember things, and I realized how much I don't know about this awesome man, so trying to fit a lifetime into a few paragraphs was very difficult.  Much has been left unsaid about him but those of us who knew him will be able to recall things through the years and continue to build a love for him that is strong. 

THANK YOU  for even the smallest part you played in his life.  All who knew him helped make him the man he became and I love you all for that, because he was ONE GOOD MAN!

We all know that he was not perfect, but he was perfect for me. He is my one and only love.  


Becky Noftle said...

Your amazing Elaine---

Louise said...

A beautiful tribute for a good man.

The Stanley's said...

It is so beautifully written. And so is his life. So many prayers and thoughts have been offered here for you and your entire family. We hope you are feeling strengthened.