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1921 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Theodore "Ted" Warren Rabey passed away surrounded by family in Bakersfield, California, on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, after a short illness. He was born in Highmore, South Dakota, on March 31, 1921. His parents were Warren Wallace Rabey and Florence Elizabeth Giedt, who were involved in building and operating a short line railroad.
Ted graduated from Central High School, Aberdeen, South Dakota, in 1938 and the University of South Dakota in January 1943. While at the university, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Advanced ROTC. He completed the Basic and Acrobatic Aviation Courses and earned a Private Pilot License. Upon graduation, he went directly into the U.S. Army. He volunteered for and completed Tank Destroyer OCS and a graduate course in Artillery at Fort Hood, Texas.
During World War II, Ted served in Europe as Company Executive Officer and Battalion Adjutant in the 628th Tank Destroyer Battalion attached to the 5th Armored Division. He was with Gen. Patton's end run around the German forces in the drive for Paris. He served with the first combat command through the Siegfried Line into Germany and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. He also served with the 5th Armored Division in the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest and with the 82nd Airborne Division in the Battle of the Bulge. Ted was with the first troops to march down the Champs-Élysees when Paris was liberated. After that, he served as a VIP Escort Officer at Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, Heidelberg, Germany, where he was in charge of the Schloss Hotel and the VIP Villa (the Singer Mansion). On occasion, he served as alternate aide to Lt. Gen. Geoffrey Keyes.
After the war, Ted married Margaret "Peggy" M. Eldred and they moved to California where Ted attended Stanford Business School and earned an MBA degree in March 1948.
From 1950 to 1952, during the Korean Conflict, Ted was stationed in the Reception Center at Fort Ord, California, before being assigned as a Staff Officer in a G-3 section of Headquarters, Far East Command and United Nations Command in Tokyo, Japan.
He was employed for 28 years by Standard Oil Company of California (now Chevron Texaco), mainly as a Land Representative in Real Estate and Right of Way. He retired in December 1983. He was a Past President of the Bakersfield Association of Petroleum Landmen and was named Landman of the Year for 1971. He earned the Lifetime Designation of Certified Petroleum Landman by the American Association of Petroleum Landmen as well as the California Real Estate Certificate from Bakersfield College, receiving the certificate with the first group of Bakersfield Realtors to complete the course. After retirement, Ted enjoyed working as a consultant for PG&E Company and Shell Pipeline Company for a period of time.
In earlier years, Ted was very active in 20-30 Club and the Sacramento Junior Chamber of Commerce. In Bakersfield, he was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as a Committee Chairman and Neighborhood Commissioner. He was a member of the Oildale Lions Club.
Raising his four children and seeing them grow into outstanding and responsible adults was the highlight of his life. He enjoyed family get-togethers, spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, camping for 30 years, touring the British Isles and many parts of Europe, and traveling the United States, Canada, and Alaska.
He is survived by his wife Peggy; daughter Marcia Ginn-Tofflemire and husband John; son Ted, Jr. and wife Donna; daughter Sandi Weisel and husband Jim; and son George and wife Jennifer. He is also survived by granddaughters Kristi Henderson and husband Troy, Shelley Weisel, and Michelle Fuller and husband Jared, and grandsons Michael Ginn and wife Candace, Jim Weisel and wife Abby, Todd Rabey and wife Stephanie, and Eric Rabey and wife Celeste. He leaves behind 12 great-grandchildren with one on the way and one great-great grandchild with another on the way. He also leaves behind his nephew Charles Eldred and wife Linda along with his great-niece Jennifer and great-nephew Stephen Eldred and wife Laura.
A private family service with full military honors will be held at the Bakersfield National Cemetery on Tuesday, November 22, followed by a memorial service for family and friends at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ted's name to the .
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 19, 2016
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