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April 9, 1941 - June 21, 2014
Surrounded by his family, the comforting evening breeze of the summer solstice lifted Ted peacefully adrift, over the garden of his plentiful life. Ted was a great man of abundance. His family was his bounty; his greatest harvest.
Ted Major, 73, of Salem, was born to Arnold and Hattie Major in Fort Towson, Oklahoma. He married his soul mate, Roberta Kimball, on August 5, 1958 in Stevenson, Washington, and eventually made Salem, Oregon their home. He was her "Teddy Bear" for 55 beautiful years. They raised four incredible children who continue to carry on Ted's legacy of strength, honor, and hard work in their own children and grandchildren. Ted was a respected man of his word. Ted was a family man. His love was worn in his gentle smile. Ted had a quiet nature, yet his integrity spoke volumes.
Ted made a living as a skilled and hard working roofer. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and family camping adventures in the motorhome. His vegetable garden was his pride and joy. Ted loved a good game of poker, especially when the winning pot was his to claim! Ted always looked forward to NASCAR season, rooting for his favorite #3, Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Ted is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, Roberta "Berta" Major; their children, Kenny (Linda) Major of Salem, Brenda (Scott) Cross of Olympia, Bonnie (Mike) Dowty of Salem, and Connie (Art) Winters of Salem; grandchildren, Kevin (Stephanie) Major, Alicia (Travis) Wright, Wade (Anitria) Major, Shawnie (Brian) Rector, Todd Dowty, Angie (Frank) Espinoza, Danny (Kaylee) Cross, and Amber (Dustin) Dowty; great-grandchildren, Joey, Hayley, Mariah, Kevin Jr., Angelica, Avery, Jocelyn, Kenley, Kherington, Yessika, Wade II, Micka, Brooklyn, Chase, Nema, Brayden, James, Alex, and Nyna. He is survived by brother-in-law Henry (Evonne) Kimball, brother-in-law Jerry (Diana) Kimball, sister-in law Kathy (Jim) Bennett, sister-in-law Linda (Rich) Strobehn and countless family and friends. Ted is also survived by 3 brothers; Alvin, Melvin, and Marvin; sister, Gladys, of CA; sister, Betty, of Madras; and sister-in-law, Bea, of Madras. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers; Ralph, Joe, and Loyd.
A celebration of Ted's life will be held at a later date. If you would like to honor Ted's life, contributions can be made to your garden. Dust off your green thumb and plant to your heart's content.
Ted was a man of the earth. In the garden of life, his love will flourish and continue to grow in our hearts...the world has lost a great man.
Keizer Funeral Chapel
4365 River Road North
Keizer, OR 97303
Published in StatesmanJournal on July 9, 2014