Ted Watson was called home to the arms of his Savior on Saturday June 8, 2013. He died peacefully at home surrounded by family.
He was 85 years old.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 14, at Delta Christian Church. Burial will take place at 1 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction. A visitation for family and friends will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta.
Theodore Kellogg Watson was born on June 24, 1927, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Clair Charles and Gertrude Pamelia (Kellogg) Watson. He was the oldest of seven children.
He spent his childhood in the Council Bluffs area, living in Council Bluffs, Glenwood, and Malvern, Iowa. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs in 1944.
After Ted graduated from high school, he moved to Washington, D.C., and worked briefly for the FBI in its fingerprint division. He left Washington, D.C., returned home and enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve during World War II. After being discharged from the U.S. Navy in August 1946, he returned to Iowa. Ted longed for the "west" and worked briefly for a cattle ranch in Wyoming. He then worked for the railroad as a telegrapher. While working for the railroad he met his future bride, Doris Marie Stull. Ted and Doris were married on February 1, 1953, in Eagle. They celebrated 60 years of marriage together. Ted and Doris were able to realize their dream and ranched in South Routt County for 40 years. Ted and Doris owned and operated the Myriad Springs Trout Ranch south of Yampa. Upon retiring in 1997, they moved to Eckert.
He was in the American Legion, served on the board of the South Routt County School District and also served as the Municipal Court Judge for Yampa. Ted was a member of Yampa Bible Church where he served as treasurer for 20 years. After moving to Eckert he attended Delta Christian Church.
As a young man he learned the value of hard work and helped his family financially during the depression. He carried this work ethic into his ranching career and family life. He truly loved ranching and all that comes with it: building fence, welding, mechanical work and raising animals, especially pigs. After retiring from ranching, he pursued his hobby in woodworking, making many gifts for his grandchildren. Through all of the hard work he maintained a positive attitude and will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and contagious laughter.
Those grateful to have shared in his life include his wife, Doris Watson of Eckert; his sons, George (D.J.) Watson of Munford, Tenn., Tom (Darlene) Watson of Eckert, and Frank (Deb) Watson of Hayden; his daughters, Helen (Jim) Hohenstein of Eckert, Hazel (Sheldon) Kier of Delta, and Rebecca (Al) Gaus of Hermann, Mo.; one brother, Charles (Jeanette) Watson of Council Bluffs, Iowa; sisters, Pam McHenry of Montgomery Village, Md., Nancy (Larry) Goodfriend of Palm Dessert, Calif., Janet (David) McIntosh of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Sue (Rod) Borman of Mesa, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, George Clair Watson.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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