Theodore "Ted" LaPorte (1932 - 2015)

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Theodore P. (Ted) LaPorte, 83, of Hernando, Florida, died under the care of HPH Hospice and his loving family on December 22.
Ted was born July 1, 1932, in Oak Park, IL, the son of Theodore and Geraldine (Murray) LaPorte and came to Florida in 1988 from Warrenville, IL. He was an entrepreneur, and a retiree of Montgomery Ward and represented the company as a board member of the Division Street YMCA for seven-plus years. Ted served in the U.S. Army; PFC, assigned to the 75th Transportation Company, Ft. Sill, OK, awarded National Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals. He was a lifelong resident of Chicago, until moving to Florida in 1988. He was a frequent contributor to the Chronicle's Letters to the Editor, penning many an acerbic reprimand to elected officials, both local and national. He was an avid photographer, loved tennis, canoeing, travel, his time as a local Guardian Ad Litem, his seven years of volunteer fundraising work for Hospice of Citrus County, and keeping up with his grandkids.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Geraldine and Theodore J, his son Theodore F., and former wife, Constance (neé Kelly). He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Susan Mary (neé Powlesland), of Hernando; 2 sons, Jerry and Barry of Powder Springs, GA; 3 daughters, Mary (Richard) Witt of Schaumburg, IL, Kelly Garber of Englewood, CO, Dominice (Raymond) Einig also of Schaumburg, IL; his daughter-in-law Jean of Deltona, FL; his grandchildren Kimberly Garber, Sarah LaPorte, Theo LaPorte, Catie Witt, Annie Witt, Michael Einig, Elizabeth Einig, Colin Witt; and his stepchildren Mark (Beth Gagnon) Harnett, Wendy (Grant) Harris, Glenn (Lauri) Harnett, sister Patricia of Fountain Hills, AZ, and 8 step-grandchildren.
A committal service with military honors will be held on January 22 at 11:00 a.m. at the Florida National Cemetery, 6502 S.W. 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL. A celebration of Ted's life will be held in his home town of Chicago in the late spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either HPH Hospice,, or the Guardian Ad Litem Program of Citrus County, FL, 204 W. Main St., Inverness, FL 34450.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Dec. 29, 2015