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June 30, 1921 - September 11, 2015 Ted Orden (Ordentlich) lived an extraordinary life that exemplified the American dream. A survivor of the Holocaust, who also lived through the scourge of communism, he immigrated to the USA in 1959 with his beloved wife, Hedy, and two young daughters. Ted was a visionary entrepreneur who founded Thrifty Oil Company. One of his proudest accomplishments was reuniting his extended family and bringing them to the USA. He was extremely patriotic and never failed to express gratitude to this country for the opportunities it provided to him and his family. Ted was born in Dej, Romania in 1921 to a loving, prominent Jewish family. He was the youngest of six siblings. His life and education were disrupted by WWII when he was sent to a forced labor camp. His parents and two siblings perished during the Holocaust. After the War, he met Hedy Adler and proposed marriage after 30 minutes. She was the love of his life and they were happily married for 69 years. Together they raised a close knit and loving family. In 1960, Ted and Hedy opened their first service station and welcomed their third daughter. Ted exhibited an extraordinary entrepreneurial talent. Ted and Hedy rapidly expanded their business to eventually become the largest independent owner and operator of service stations in the West Coast of the United States. Ted valued his longtime employees and appreciated the contribution they made to the success of his business. They supported many charitable organizations including The Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The LA Opera, The Music Center, The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, The Museum of Tolerance, Sinai Temple, and many causes in Israel. One of Ted's proudest moments was to serve on the committee for the renovation of the Statue of Liberty for the American Bi-Centennial. His family will miss the unconditional love, strength, determination, and courage of their beloved patriarch. The family will forever be grateful for his optimism and courage and the life and opportunity he created for them. Ted is survived by his wife: Hedy, three daughters: Martha (Barry), Judy (Tom), and Helen (Moshe), grandchildren: Daniel (Jessica), Bryan (Tina), Jacqueline (Adam), Monica (Keith), Jamie (Daniel), Lauren, Michelle, Jonathan, Elana, Elliot, and Ariella, and great grandsons: Jacob, Jack, and Benjamin. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Ted and Hedy Orden Friday Night Live at Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Boulevard, LA, CA 90024
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 13, 2015
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