Richard W. "Dick" Tenderella
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June 12, 1945 - April 11, 2013
KAPAAU, HI - Richard W. "Dick" Tenderella, a resident of Kapaau, Hawaii, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Maui Memorial Hospital from complications following heart surgery. He was 67 years old.
Dick was born on June 12, 1945, and raised in Portland, Oregon. Before graduating from Roosevelt High School he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve at the age of 17. As a reservist, Dick was the youngest person in Naval history to earn his "dolphins" certifying that he was qualified to serve as a crew member on board a submarine. After high school graduation in 1964, he enlisted in the regular Navy serving on the USS Kamehameha, a nuclear powered submarine.
Dick joined the Oregon State Police Department on September 1, 1969. Upon graduation from recruit school he was assigned to the Roseburg Patrol Office in the Patrol Division. In 1973 Dick was assigned as a detective in the Criminal Division before being promoted to sergeant in the Arson Unit in 1982. He was a member of the Marion County Inter-agency Narcotics Team (MINT), with subsequent assignments to various state and federal narcotics task force groups. Later in his career he served as the station commander at the John Day Patrol Office in eastern Oregon before returning to the valley as the commander of the narcotics task force in McMinnville. He was a Life Member and past president (1984) of the Oregon Police Officers Association, and a member of the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association.
Dick retired from the State Police on February 28, 1998, and moved to Kailua-Kona. In keeping with his interest in people, he became a student of the history, culture and traditions of the community of Hawaii and served as a volunteer at the North Hawaii Hospice. Dick enjoyed reading, art, collecting guns, hiking, scuba diving, motorcycling and travel to foreign countries, most recently including Thailand and Italy, where he and Sandie Rossi were able to experience their heritage. In 2012, he moved from Kailua-Kona to Kapaau in North Kohala.
At his request, Dick's body was cremated with his ashes to be spread over the ocean in Oregon and Hawaii so he can swim with the Dolphins.
Dick is survived in Hawaii by his loving, longtime companion Sandie Rossi of Kapaau. He is survived in Oregon by his sister, Kathy Hudson of Clackamas, and two brothers: David Tenderella of Gladstone and Larry Tenderella of Newport.
A memorial service honoring Dick in Oregon will be held at the Keizer Elks Club, 4250 Cherry Avenue NE on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM. Plans for a memorial service in Hawaii are pending.
For those wishing to make a donation to charity in memory of Dick, you are invited to consider the North Hawaii Hospice, 65-1328 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela, Hawaii 96743.
Published in StatesmanJournal from Apr. 21 to Apr. 26, 2013