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He is survived by a younger brother, 3 children, numerous grand & great-grand kids.
Ted grew up working on his parents ranch, & received show ribbons for animal husbandry.
He enjoyed sports & was on Verden's high school basketball team.
He enlisted in the US Army at WW2's beginning, & also helped in recruitment centers. His unit was in numerous battlefronts in Germany where he was captured & marched hundreds of miles in winter to a Polish internment camp.
He remained as a POW for 18 months, until the Russian army freed the camp.
Ted met Margie Jean Johnson, of Tulsa, OK prior to the war in college & were married.
After his release as a prisoner, he went back home still on duty.
Margie and Ted traveled for over 60 years. Travel highlights include Japan, Alaska, Vietnam, Germany and Iran. In 1946, he was in charge of 100's of local workers at a large hydroponic farm in Japan which helped feed US forces in the Pacific region, just after the war's end.
He retired after 30 years as Lt. Colonel, and was awarded Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts, & other medals reflecting his notable career.
Memorial services with Honor Guard was held at Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home for family & friends on September 1, 2018
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to your local charity.
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