Theodore G. Binder


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Theodore Binder

Theodore Gene “Ted” Binder, age 84 of Federal Way, WA, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on May 22nd, 2023.

Born January 6th, 1939, in Leavenworth, WA, Ted was the son of the late Elmer James and Viola Marie (Housden) Binder. He grew up in Renton, WA, graduating from Renton High School in 1957. Ted called the Seattle area home for most of his life, while later in life becoming a snowbird in Phoenix, AZ as well.

Ted earned an Electrical Engineering degree and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington. He had a distinguished 35-year career in Engineering and Management at The Boeing Company. Ted also served his country with honor in the Army National Guard for 8 years, retiring at the rank of Captain. He had a lifelong passion for automobiles, from drag racing to custom car building & classic car restoration. In his spare time, he loved to golf, fish, travel, and read.

Ted will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Mary Christine Binder of Federal Way, WA; his son Theodore James Binder and wife Sidney of Kent, WA; his daughter Lynn Binder Rechcygl and husband Gordon of Bothell, WA; stepdaughter Wendy Warter and partner Jean of Phoenix, AZ; stepdaughter Annie Mashal and husband Mark of Phoenix, AZ; grandsons Nathaniel, Nicholas, Austin, and Ryan; and his brother James A. Binder. He is pre-deceased by his sister, Gloria R. Parke.

A Celebration of Life will be held later this summer — Please email Lynn at for information. If you don’t receive a response within a day, please check your spam or junk folder.

One Response to “Theodore G. Binder”


    I was a young State Farm agent when I first met Ted, and he became my client after a very thorough interview, which should not surprise anyone who knew Ted. We became friends and I visited his home several times where he showed to me the vehicles that he was rebuilding, powercoating etc……. A very nice guy and when I saw his obituary, I was saddened to see that he had passed away, and I just had to write to express my admiration for Ted who, by the way, gave to me a gift of used skis that began my 30 years of skiing at Crystal Mountain. May God bless his soul.

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