Theodore "Ted" Arestad (April 13, 1936 - March 11, 2015)

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Theodore "Ted" Arestad was born in Clallam Bay on April 13, 1936, to George Arestad and Nelda Gregory (Arestad) Maneval. He grew up in Clallam Bay.

He passed away on March 11, 2015, in Seattle, Washington.

In December 1954, a few months after graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he proudly served our country for 28 years.

In December 1955, he married Ethelyn Gullikson, and together, they raised four children before later divorcing.

He retired as an electrician's mate master chief on March 1, 1983.

After retiring, he pursued his love of golf by enrolling in and graduating from the San Diego Golf Academy.

After graduation, he returned to his roots, moving back to Clallam Bay, where he found the beauty and solitude he loved most.

Ted was a quiet man who loved outdoor photography and scenic drives through the woods or along the coast.

For the last 23 years, Ted was a faithful and generous member of the Peninsula Golf Club in Port Angeles.

Golf being his favorite sport, if it was 45 degrees or warmer, he had no problem traveling the 50 miles to get his 18 holes in.

He was an avid sports fan, and when asked who his favorite teams were, he would always answer, "Whoever is winning."

He was a devoted supporter of his hometown Clallam Bay Bruins and could often be found in the bleachers or on the sidelines, rain or shine, to watch his nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins play.

Most notably, he was the grandpa and uncle whose infamous leather jacket pockets were always filled with bags of M&M's he threw your way whenever he saw you.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved this tough-on-the-outside, kindhearted-on-the-inside, gentle giant who quietly made us all feel special.

He is survived by Michaele "Mickey" Fullmer, the love of his life and partner of 32 years; his children, Ramona (Craig) Arestad, Laurel Arestad, Kyle (Debbie) Arestad and April Arestad; two stepdaughters, Robyn Fullmer and Melissa (Jack) Graham; six grandchildren, Jessica (Michael) Janes, Alicia Kinkaid, Paige Schultz, Reid Schultz, Anthony Graham and Alexis Graham; his sister and best friend, Judith Fishel (Donald) of Sekiu; brother-in-law Pat (Marilyn) Strieby; sisters-in law Kathy Strieby and Penny (Bob) Shosted; nephews Ralph (Robyn) Willis and Shawn (Liz) Fishel; niece Rachel (Eric) Johnson; and many loved great-nieces and -nephews, aunts and cousins.

Ted was preceded in death and was met with open arms by his father, George Arestad; his mother, Nelda Manavel; and his son-in-law Ronald Schultz.

There will be a "day of remembrance" for Ted's family and friends at a later date.

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Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Mar. 29, 2015
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