Theodore Haider

Obituary of Theodore Haider

Ted, 84, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully October 13, 2022, with family at his side. He was born September 11, 1938, in Minot, North Dakota, to Otto and Flora “Jackie” Haider. The family relocated from North Dakota to Olympia in the 1940s, where they lived on the family farm off Littlerock Road.  


Ted graduated from North Thurston High school in 1957. After high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He married Shirley “Sally” Larson on January 5, 1963. Together they had four children, Jeff, Gayle, Deanna, and Vince. After discharge from the Army, Ted worked as a longshoreman for 30+ years with ILWU Local 47, following in his father’s footsteps until retirement.  

Anyone who knew Ted/Teddy, knew he was one of a kind. Anyone who was a friend, was a friend for life. His hobbies included antique collecting of many sorts.  His favorite things were old and rusty. The things he enjoyed most were his grandkids, family friends, and his many “collections.” After retirement, he enjoyed spending quality time with his grandkids, picking them up after school and making sure they made it home safely, or to their sports/events. 


He was preceded in death by his infant sister, Judy Ann; his parents, Otto and Flora “Jackie” Haider; his wife, Sally; and his brother, Donovan. He is survived by siblings, Kathy (Pete) Fluetsch, Burnie Barbus, and Mike (Kathy) Haider; children, Jeff (Lisa) Haider, Gayle (Mark) Haider, Deanna (James) DeLong, Vince (Cindy) Haider; grandkids, Jacob (Jami) Haider, Kevin (Ariel) Haider, Jessica (Adam) Hart, Kaylee Lang, Tristan and Rylan Haider, Michelle and Deanna Mays; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  


Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 27, 2022, 12:00 p.m. at St. Michael Parish, 1208 11th Ave. Olympia, WA 98501.   Reception to follow at The Longshore Hall, 915 Washington St. NE, Olympia, WA 98501.  


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