Theodore August Klaproth, Pittston, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Wilkes Barre General Hospital.
Born in Pittston, he was a son of the late Theodore and Audrey Woods Klaproth. Prior to moving back to this area, he lived in Erie and was employed for 19 years by General Electric. He left General Electric to open Skate Lodge Roller Skating Rink, Harborcreek, Pa. He also managed a number of other rinks over the years.
He loved deer hunting, shooting, teaching competitive roller skating, where he took several students to the national championships, and carpentry.
Surviving are five children, Erik Klaproth and wife Renee, Canton, Ga.; Dane Klaproth and wife Barbara, Erie; Laurie Sherfey and husband Steve, Norfolk, Va.; Bonnie Sanderson and husband Bryan, New Smyra, Fla., and Kurt Faragher, Linwood, N.J.; three grandchildren, David Frank, Audrey Sherfey and Derek Sanderson; two sisters, Margaret Miller, Philadelphia, and Fern Klaproth, Pittston; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kody Faragher; sister Grace Wilson; two brothers, James and Donald Klaproth; and nephew Donald Klaproth.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Jim Thyren in the H. Merrit Hughes Funeral Home, 211 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.