HAMPTON - Kenneth W. Teets, 77, died at home, surrounded by those he loved, on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, after a brief illness.
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A resident of Norfolk since 1954 and a Garrett County, Md., native, he had moved to Hampton in September 2007.
Born in Friendsville, Md., he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1947 and married the former Encie Odell Rhodes in 1954. A submariner and Chief Radioman, Teets served aboard the diesel submarines USS Redfin and the USS Cubera. He also served 10 years of his Navy career on destroyers. He retired from the Navy in 1967 after service during both the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War and served 20 years as a telecommunications supervisor in the U.S. Civil Service, retiring in 1988.
A devoted husband and father, he is survived by his wife, Encie; and his daughter, Tracey Teets Schwarze.
The youngest of 10 children, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Jeffrey Ward Teets; his parents, Harvey and Pearl Teets; and his brothers, Arthur, Ivan, Stanley "Jim", Glenn and June.
He is survived by sisters, Rose Laub of Confluence, Pa., and Mildred Umbel of Friendsville, Md.; and brothers, Orval Teets of Swanton, Md., and Warren Teets of Lakeland, Fla.; and more than 250 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be conducted at noon Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Albert G. Horton State Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk. A service of celebration will take place at the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Swanton, Md., at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Kenneth W. Teets Endowed Merit Scholarship, Christopher Newport University Education Foundation, 1 University Place, Newport News, VA 23606.
Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.
Published in Daily Press on November 20, 2007