A great man fought his final battle on Sept. 4, 2010, and now is in a better place, pain free and walking and talking with our God, who loves us more than anything.
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Ted was born April 2, 1947, in Miles City, the youngest child of Theodore and Mary. After graduation from Custer County High School, he attended college until he joined the Army. While serving in Vietnam, he was wounded and spent three months in the hospital in Japan. He received a Purple Heart with a "V" Device and a Bronze Star.
On Sept. 27, 1969, he married the love of his life, Betty Waldhauser. He always told her he was the best thing that ever happened to her, and he was right as they shared 41 wonderful years together. They had two sons, Jason of Moorhead, Minn., and Steven of Butte. Jason gave him three precious grandchildren, Jennifer, Kara and his namesake T.J. (Theodore Jason). They truly were the light of his life and he loved being a grandpa.
When he moved to Three Forks in February 1972, he became active in small-town politics and served on the city council twice, for 10 years in the 1980s and again for four years starting in 2001. He also was very active in the Three Forks United Methodist Church, serving on many committees, including PPRC, Ad Council and chairman of the trustees, along with singing in the choir.
He was a member of the American Legion and VFW. He enjoyed auctions and rarely missed one in the last few years. He retired from Rocky Mountain Supply in Belgrade in 2003 after 32 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Mary Ida Olson Schlepp; his wife's parents, Francis and Mary June Maltby Waldhauser; and brother-in-law Larry Woodall.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Jason (Andrea) and his family, and Steven; brothers, Karl (Pennie) of Laurel, and Vern (Kathy) of Miles City; sister, Shirley (Laverne) Woodall Leuders of Buffalo, Wyo.; brothers-in-law, George Waldhauser of Arizona and Edward (Tonya) Waldhauser of Billings; sisters-in-law, Peggy Waldhauser of Billings and Bobbie (Jerry) Koch of Billings; and numerous nieces and nephews, along with many dear friends, including his faithful little four-legged girlfriend, Sadie.
Ted's gentle spirit and kind ways will be greatly missed by everyone who loved and cared about him. No one could have been a better husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother or friend.
His family sends a special thanks to all the doctors, nurses and staff at the VA Hospital in Denver and Helena, Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, Mountain View Care Center and Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Memorials may be made to the Three Forks United Methodist Annex floor project.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview Cemetery in Three Forks. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Three Forks High School gym, with the Rev. Linda Fritz officiating. Viewing will be held Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at K&L Mortuary Chapel in Three Forks.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 7, 2010