Theodore K. DeBoer

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Theodore Kenneth Ted DeBoer, 83, of Brewster died peacefully at Epoch Senior Health Care of Brewster after a seven year battle with Alzheimers disease on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. He was the loving husband of Janet (Golder) DeBoer for 60 years. He is also survived by two daughters, Susan Mangan and her husband, Scott, of Wilton, CT. and Brewster and Linda Lauer, and her husband, Mark, of Oak Hill, VA. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Melissa Mangan Fox, and her husband, Colin, of Norwalk, CT, Gregory Mangan of Greenwich, CT and Stephen Mangan and his wife Meghan of Chicago,Il, Abigail Lauer of Arlington, VA and Kellen Lauer of Chapel Hill, NC and by two great grandsons, Jeffrey and Nicholas Fox of Norwalk, CT. He is also survived by a brother, Roy H. DeBoer, of East Brunswick, NJ. Born in Garfield, NJ, Ted was the son of the late Theodore DeBoer and Julia (Kovaly) DeBoer. A scholar athlete, Ted graduated second in his class from Clifton (NJ) High School where he played varsity basketball and baseball and was named an All-State pitcher. He later played semi-pro baseball with the Rangers and was scouted by the pros. He continued his education at Newark College of Engineering (now NJIT) where he was president of the Athletic Association and captain of the baseball team. He was also a member of Tau Beta Pi and Omicron Delta Kappa; he graduated in 1951 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Shortly after graduating Ted enlisted in the Army. He attended Officers Candidates School at Fort Belvoir, VA and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers in September 1952 and was married a week later. In December he was deployed to Korea where he was assigned to the 65th Engineer Combat Battalion; he was cited for exceptionally meritorious service in connection with operations against an armed enemy and was awarded the Bronze Star medal. Upon his return to civilian life, Ted was employed by Public Service Electric and Gas, Co. and began the cadet engineer training program. He was selected to attend Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology, Oak Ridge, TN where he received the equivalent of an MS in Nuclear Engineering thus beginning his career in the nuclear energy field. Upon completion, he was sent to Idaho Falls, ID. He was then employed by General Electric at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady, NY. In 1977 he became Director, Bureau of Nuclear Operations for the newly created New York State Energy Office. He retired as Director of the West Valley/Radioactive Waste Management Program with offices in Albany and West Valley, NY. Teds favorite pastime became sailing his beloved Tiger Cat catamaran on Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks, NY; sadly he lost his boat which was moored at Paines Creek, Brewster during hurricane Bob. He retired in 1991 and moved to his summer home in Brewster, Cape Cod. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 10, at the Brewster Baptist Church, 1848 Main St. (Route 6A), Brewster. Interment was private. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Dementia & Alzheimers Services, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601 in appreciation of their loving care during the last weeks of Teds life. His family would also like to offer their appreciation to the staff of Epoch Senior Healthcare of Brewster.

Published in The Cape Codder from Nov. 8 to Nov. 15, 2012
Theodore DeBoer
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