Former Chesterton resident Theodore J. Dresbaugh of Winamac, Ind. died Sept. 25, 2010 at 5:21 p.m. at Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus. He was 87.
Born on March 5, 1923 in East Chicago, he married Hazel Ruth Hawkins on August 16, 1946 in Crown Point. Hazel died on May 2, 2002. Ted served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Carlson Raider during WWII. He was a millwright and worked at Youngstown Sheet & Tube (J&L Steel) for 27 years. When he retired, he and Hazel moved to Winamac to live on the Tippecanoe River.
He is survived by son and daughter-in-law Mitchell TJ (Kathleen) Dresbaugh of Longansport; son Richard Karl Dresbaugh of Wheatfield; stepson James Frederick “Flip” (Elizabeth) Thompson of Auburn, Wash.; granddaughter Marcella Jean Dresbaugh of San Francisco, Calif; grandson Matthew Ryan Dresbaugh of Hobart; granddaughter Victoria Jo Dresbaugh of Wheatfield; granddaughter Elizabeth Ann (Edward) McCall of Hobart; great-grandson Conner McCall of Hobart; and great-granddaughter Piper Emily McCall of Hobart.
He was preceded in death by wife Hazel Ruth Hawkins Dresbaugh; daughter-in-law Jane Dorothy Dresbaugh; mother Delilah Grensburg Dresbaugh; stepfather Mitchell Thompson; brother Francis Edward “Buck” Thompson; and brother Herbert “Toots” Dresbaugh.
Funeral service will be at Frain Mortuary, 305 East Main St., Winamac on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 at 11 a.m. EDT., with Pastor Rick Abbott. Burial will take place in the Reed Cemetery in Winamac. The VFW and American Legion will conduct military graveside services. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 pm EDT Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Frain Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society.