More Obituaries for Elmer Teter
Looking for an obituary for a different person with this name?

Elmer Theodore (Bill) Teter

Obituary Condolences

Elmer Theodore (Bill) Teter Obituary
Teter, Elmer (Bill) Theodore SAN DIEGO -- Whenever anyone asked Bill Teter (he was Elmer only on official documents and when his wife was poking fun at him) how he was doing, his answer was always the same: "If I was any better I'd be twins." Then he would go back to reading the morning newspaper (which he did daily, from the front page to the classifieds). If it was later in the day, he would resume, as he put it, "watching TV with my eyes closed." Bill Teter was a father and a husband. But equally important, he was a Marine. He served in the Corps for thirty years, retiring as a Master Gunnery Sergeant. (He once told his children the Corps had to combine the ranks of Master Sergeant and Gunnery Sergeant to create a rank just for him, and they believed the story for months.) His career took him around the world: from China in World War II (with the legendary China Marines) to Fort Churchill, Canada, to Korea, Ceylon, Lebanon, the coast of Cuba during the Missile Crisis, and Vietnam. He never talked much about his experience in wartime, but he spoke often of his pride in being a Marine and his good fortune in meeting and working with, as he put it, the "finest men and women anywhere." Once he had retired, Bill returned to school, received an Associates degree from Mesa College, and worked for many years as an executive at Four Winds, a company that provided assistance to military families moving from one posting to another. Bill was born in Depression-era Circleville, West Virginia, on December 5, 1929. He left West Virginia when he joined the Marines. While stationed at the Naval Air Station in Cheltenham, Maryland, he met his future wife Ann at a dance. They were married in 1953 and were together for over 59 years, until her death in 2012. Bill and his family lived in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina before settling in San Diego in 1972. Though he never lived in West Virginia again, he never lost his pride in being a Mountaineer. He carried in his wallet a list of interesting facts about the state (and a few West Virginia jokes), which he often shared with anyone around him. Bill Teter is survived by his four children, Bill, Bruce, Anna Marie Molina, and Mary Catherine; and his grandchildren, Courtney Teter, Everett Ledet, Matthew Molina, Cody Molina, and Breanna Molina; as well as numerous friends he made over the years at the Kearney Mesa VFW Post 3788 and, in his last two years, among the staff at the Collwood Terrace assisted living community in San Diego. Graveside service for family and close friends at Fort Rosecrans Friday, March 21, at noon. A celebration of Bill Teter's life will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Kearney Mesa VFW. The family requests that instead of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org). Semper fi, Dad.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Mar. 21, 2014
Read More