Theodore D. "Ted" Stiles, 84, of Roulette, died on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport. He was born on Oct. 21, 1927, in Crosby, son of Edward C. and Belle Austin Stiles. On Sept. 24, 1977, in Coudersport, he married Alice J. Snyder who survives.
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Mr. Stiles had been a member of Local #17 of Buffalo, N.Y. and had been employed as a heavy equipment operator in Gowanda, N.Y. for Cotton and Draught and also Burwin. He later worked in heavy construction in Maryland. He owned and operated Ted and A.J.'s Snack Shop in Coudersport for many years. Mr. Stiles was a veteran, serving with the U.S. Air Force and was a member of American Legion Potter Post 192.
He is survived by his wife; nine children, Theodore D. (Helen) Stiles Jr. of Raleigh, N.C., Jeffrey M. (Karen) Stiles of Smethport, Janice E. (Tom) Elmore of Timberlake, N.C., Pamela M. (Dean Derkson) Stiles of Mesa, Ariz., Shelley L. (Bill) Butler of Wellsville, N.Y., Lisa K. Stiffler of Canton, Rick W. (Tabatha) Long, Curt J. (Michelle) Long and Jeffrey T. (Danielle) Long, all of Coudersport; 21 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; eight sisters, Zella Smith, Ina Ford, Della Clark, Viva Ruter, Tina Stiles, Carrie Busey, Mildred Stiles, and Vivian Stiles; and two brothers, Claire Stiles and Ed Stiles.
Friends were invited to attend a Memorial Service that was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at American Legion Potter Post 192 in Coudersport. The family received friends from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday at the American Legion. Military rites were accorded at the service by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Potter County Special Olympics, Post Office Box 108, Coudersport, PA 16915. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home, a Life Celebration Home, of Coudersport.
Published in Potter Leader-Enterprise from Apr. 3 to Apr. 11, 2012