GALLIPOLIS — Theodore Blanchard "Ted" Flood, 90, of Gallipolis, passed away at his home Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Ted was born June 15, 1923, in community of Karthus/Frenchville, Pa., to Clark and Bessie (Mignot) Flood.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Rosalie (Warren) Sayre.
Ted is survived by his wife, Mary Rife Steinbeck Flood; sisters Carolyn Bader, of Dublin, Ohio, Ann (Wesley) Smoke, of Karthus, Pa., and Joyce (Burwell) Salmond, of Marietta, Ga.; one brother, Andy (Annette) Flood, of Tara Place, N.J.
Ted's siblings describe him as a strong-willed, independent man. This was evident by his insistence to drop out of school and join the military at the age 16. After repeated refusals by his parents, he forged their signature and enlisted. Ted served with the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
After discharge, Ted's commitment to the military was evident in his continued involvement in the reserves. He attended trade school and worked as an engraver, jeweler and watchmaker until his retirement from Paul Davies Jewelers in Gallipolis.
Ted will be missed by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He fathered five children: Mary Ann (Gary) Pauley, of Cicero, N.Y., Pat (Eugene) Woolum, of Jackson, Ohio, Ted (Carolyn) Flood, of Athens, Ohio, Rita McKibben (deceased), Lorraine Kay (Gardner) Flood, of Wellston, Ohio, and Terri (Joe) Potts, of Wellston. Ted was proud of all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His military background often influenced his parenting style; it was either yes or no, and excuses were not often accepted. Ted taught his children the importance of hard work and honor. He had 11 grandchildren: Christa Pauley, Cheri (Pauley) Valerino, Cathy (Pauley) Sandmann, Amy (Woolum) Hutchinson, Bethany (Woolum) Caudill, Katie (McKibben) Frank, John Paul Gardner, Tara Gardner, Faye Potts, Matthew Kelley (Potts), and Michael McKinnis (Potts).
Ted had 19 great-grandchildren.
Ted married Mary (Rife-Steinbeck) Flood on April 2, 1984. Mary was Ted's soul mate and love. He enjoyed telling people that he made her cook for him before he would take her out. They really met at breakfast, where she was a waitress at the local pizzeria that served breakfast. This union brought the "Flood Six" (five girls and one boy) and the "Steinbeck Five" (four boys and one girl) together. Ted is survived and will be missed by those stepchildren: Richard (Joanne) Steinbeck, of Mills River, N.C., Jim (Barb) Steinbeck, of Worthington, Ohio, Karen (Greg) Hill, of Gallipolis Ferry, W.Va., Ralph (Teresa) Steinbeck, of Gallipolis, and Robert Steinbeck, of Gallipolis. He is survived by 11 stepgrandchildren: Bethann (Steinbeck) Williams, Brad Steinbeck, John Myers, Michael Steinbeck, Jennifer Steinbeck, Jimmy Steinbeck, Todd Hill, Sarah Hill, and Brittany (Steinbeck) Beman, Breanna Steinbeck and Brett Steinbeck. He is survived by 10 great-stepgrandchildren.
Ted, with the love and help of Mary, created many happy memories for their family. Some of these were at the Twin Oaks Christmas Tree Farm, which they owned and operated. Ted's wisdom, dry sense humor, and his kindness will be missed by those who knew and loved him.
Calling hours will be Thursday, May 29 at Willis Funeral Home from 5:30-7 p.m.
Please visit www.willisfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences.