William Frederic "Fred" Teufel (1916 - 2013)

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    - Alan Davis
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    - Marilyn Clendenen
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OELWEIN - Fred Teufel, 96, former Oelwein science teacher and track coach died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at Mercy Hospital of Franciscan Sisters in Oelwein.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein, with the Rev. Connie Markle officiating. There will be a military memorial service at the church following Rev. Markle's service, conducted by Ross Reid American Legion Post 9 Honor Guard of Oelwein.
Friends may call from noon to service time Monday at the church.
Inurnment will be at a later date at Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.
Memorials may be given in his name to the U.S. Olympic Team or Disabled American Veterans.
Online obituary at: www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com
William Frederic Teufel was born June 17, 1916 at Buffalo, Iowa, the son of Dr. John C. and Myrta (Young) Teufel, the second of twins. He grew up in Davenport, and graduated from Davenport High School in 1935. He and his twin brother were standout track athletes at the University of Iowa where Fred captained the 1938 track team. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Iowa in 1939 and a Master's degree in 1952. In 1941 he entered the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood and later attended Officer Candidate School. During World War II he served overseas in Iran as a medic from 1943 to 1946 and then continued to serve proudly in the Iowa National Guard until 1976. He was a former member of Grace United Methodist Church and was a member of the American Legion for 65 years.
Fred married Helen Louise Edgar on Aug. 27, 1943 at Camp Grant, Illinois. They moved to Oelwein in 1946 where Fred taught and coached until his retirement in 1980. He had some outstanding track teams, and was responsible for initiating the cross country program at Oelwein High School. In 1982 he was inducted into the Iowa Track Coaches Hall of Fame. Helen died on July 15, 1988. Fred later married Gloria Wall in 1995 and moved to Storden, Minnesota where he continued to have a full life enjoying his favorite past times of fishing, gardening, reading, watching sports and spending winters in Florida. He never lost his enjoyment of drinking coffee, smoking and telling stories to family and friends. When Gloria passed away this past summer, Fred moved back to Oelwein to be with his son and grandson.
Fred is survived by his son John Teufel of Oelwein; daughter Susan (Wes) Llewellyn of Moline, Ill.; two grandchildren, Zachary Pavlich of Oelwein, and Lucinda Teufel of San Diego, Calif.; a great-grandson Christopher Teufel; five stepchildren, Gaylene, Rhonda, Roxann, Russ (Jean) and Larry (Cindy) all in Minnesota; 15 step grandchildren; a nephew Jim and nieces Liz, Mimi and Allyson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, Helen L. Teufel on July 15, 1988 and Gloria Teufel on July 14, 2012, and two brothers, his twin John Carl Teufel and Art Teufel.

Published in Oelwein Daily Register on Jan. 4, 2013
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