Theodore Jette (1936 - 2015)

Obituary
  • "So sorry to hear of Ted's passing. Although I haven't seen..."
    - Lynne McBride
  • "sending you all our deepest sympathy for your loss of dear..."
    - Mike & Bridget Hellier
  • "Sending much love to our family and friends in Alaska...."
    - Heather
  • "Thank you for always being a guiding light of love and..."
    - Sandra Jette
  • "Love you,grampa!! We will all be missing you dearly... I..."
    - Amanda Weaver

Longtime Alaska resident Theodore Jette Jr., 79, passed away on Oct. 23, 2015, at home in Big Lake, Alaska. Memorial Services with full military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, at American Legion Post 35, 4180 Tweed Court, Mile 46 Parks Hwy., in Wasilla, Alaska. A potluck will follow and casual attire is requested. Theodore was born on June 24, 1936, in Springfield, Mass. He started his military career with the National Guard in 1953, and joined the Army in 1954, where he served his country for 21 years before retiring in 1974. He also retired from the Department of Corrections in 1989. Theodore earned several medals while serving his country: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm, Bronze Star Medal with device and Good Conduct Medal. He enjoyed fishing and reading, but the thing he loved the most was spending time with his family. He met the love of his life in 1955, while in the Army. He married Sheila Redmile in 1957. They had six beautiful children together. In 1960, they were stationed to Alaska, where the whole family still resides today. Dad was our hero, the kind of person we all strive to be. He is survived by the love of his life, Sheila Jette, "He was and is the love of my life and best friend." Edward Jette, "He devoted his life to mom and his family." David Jette, "My dad gave my love for the outdoors; he taught everything I needed to know to pass to pass it on to my family." Robert and Vonda Jette: "We can only hope to live up to his honor for his country, love of life and family. I will miss exchanging book with him of Vietnam and will always have him with me at our fishing hole." Neal and Julia Jette: "Fishing and camping with my dad since I could walk, I'm forever grateful he always included his family on all his outdoor activities. I will always have an immense respect for our dad and his 21 years of service in the army; he is a mighty force to look up to." Laura and Steve Baker: "I got from you my love of camping. You are our rock. You are the what would you have done, when we didn't have an answer. You are our everything, and gone too soon. Theodore Jette: "To my family, I love you, and to my caboose from your twin 40, you are the love of my life, over and out ... " Theodore is also survived by his grandchildren, Theodore Jette, Jeremy Herfindahl, Jasmine Sandvik, Tara Herfindahl, Patrick Jette, Sheila Jette, Shauna Myrick, Amanda Weaver, Candace Baker, Brandon Baker, Melodey Jette, Justin Jette, Gabriella Jette, Brandy Mallick, Matt Davis, Chris Jette, Sarah Jette, Andrew Oakes, Kyle Jette, Catlyn Jette and Katherine Jette; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Hellen Jette; brother, Robert Jette; son, Patrick Micheal Jette; granddaughter, Alexis Baker; and great-grandson, Levi Jette.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 28, 2015
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