A fighter for the cause of the disabled, Hendershot - who breathed with the help of a ventilator - described a year ago in a published report how he wanted to leave this world.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proudly proclaiming, 'Wow! What a ride!'"
Tony Mulieri, Herald-Mail community editor, quoted Hendershot in a Herald-Mail column in May 2007 following a True Grit banquet in Hagerstown for which Hendershot was the speaker.
In a subsequent interview, Hendershot said that being asked to speak at that banquet was one of his proudest moments.
In a 2007 interview, Hendershot said he lived each day as if it were his last.
About 12 years ago, Linn Hendershot contracted bronchial pneumonia, and needed a tracheotomy to save his life. Afterward, he breathed with the assistance of a ventilator.
"When you live on a ventilator, you look at things very differently," he said in an interview. "I try to make the next day the best it can be."
Linn Hendershot said his condition gave him the drive to help others. He credited Marion as the person throughout life who always gave him a nudge.
"Can't was never an option ... whatever the challenge was, she was there," he said in 2007.
Born in Hagerstown, Linn Hendershot and his siblings grew up in Warfordsburg, Pa., a close-knit village that Tom Hendershot credited with participating in raising them.
"Linn taught me how to throw a baseball," Tom Hendershot said. "He was my best friend and the greatest brother anyone could ask for."
Linn Hendershot graduated from the University of Maryland in 1966 and was hired as the assistant director of public relations for the Atlanta Falcons.
He left the Falcons in 1970 to pursue other professional interests, including a stint from 1992 to 1996 representing the Committee On Disability Access to ensure that the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta were accessible for people with disabilities.
It was in Atlanta after the Olympic games ended that Linn Hendershot contracted bronchial pneumonia the first time.
In 1997, he moved back to Hagerstown to receive treatment at Western Maryland Hospital Center on Pennsylvania Avenue. He was a resident there for 14 months.
Upon his discharge from the hospital in 1998, he stayed on as the chronic-care hospital's director of communications.
Hendershot was a member of the Hagerstown City Council from 2001 to 2005. He lost his bid for re-election and in 2006 waged an unsuccessful campaign for election as a Washington County Commissioner.
"Linn had more passion for life than anyone I ever met," Hagerstown City Councilman Lewis F. Metzner said. "Either you got on his train or you got out of the way."
Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said Hendershot was a caring and intelligent man and a champion for people with disabilities.
One of Hendershot's causes was making sure city street corners have curb cuts for wheelchairs, he said.
"I don't think you could find one in the city that's not (handicapped accessible), and it wasn't like that before," Bruchey said.
Recently, Hendershot was involved in the effort to bring community/senior centers to Washington County - one of only a few counties in Maryland that don't have such places, he said.
In addition to working on the community/senior centers project, Hendershot said he wanted to help bring a program to the county that would make it easier to find people with autism and Alzheimer's disease if they wander off.
The program, known as Project Lifesaver, provides an electronic wristband that transmits a signal authorities can track by using a receiver in a helicopter or airplane.
"I'm not here to make a career," Linn Hendershot said in 2007. "I'm here to make a difference."
Niece Cynthia Hardin Perini said upon learning that her uncle was admitted to the hospital Tuesday, many people asked her if he was on life support.
"They didn't understand - he has been on life support for 12 years," she said.
As such, he had an incredible way of inspiring others to do things that needed to be done to help those with disabilities.
"Uncle Linn would often call us TABs, which stood for temporarily able bodied," Perini said.
Staff writer Andrew Schotz contributed to this story