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10/19/2013 8:00:00 AM
Ted L Halterman
Dec. 31, 1948 - Oct. 17, 2013
Ted L Halterman
Ted L Halterman

Dec. 31, 1948 - Oct. 17, 2013 

Mr. Ted Leroy Halterman, 64, of Rochester, died unexpectedly at 9 a.m., Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital Emergency Room. Born on Dec. 31,1948, in Rochester, Ted was the oldest of two sons of Harrison Robert "Het" and Lois Eileen (Waltz) Halterman. Growing up he shared his childhood with Lynn. In May of 1967 with great Zebra pride Ted graduated from Rochester High School. Following high school, patriotism beckoned. Ted answered the call serving with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1968-1971.

Ted and Alma Jean Urbin were married on March 1, 1975, in Rochester. Together they raised two children, Eric and Ginger. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of 10 grandchildren. 

Alma and Ted lived near Lafayette until 1993 when they moved to Rochester. During their Lafayette years he was a manager and an accomplished carpenter with Best Way Roofing and Siding.  

As the King of Miracle Grow and Sevin Dust, Ted planted a raised a bountiful vegetable garden annually. Each fall he and Alma harvested the crop and then froze and canned the delightful veggies for use during the winter months.  Outdoors, he also enjoyed mowing and manicuring the lawn.

As a chef for the family, Ted was at home from his kitchen command post making prime rib dinners for the family to enjoy during special celebrations and the holidays or as grill master grilling steaks to perfection. To relax he enjoyed TV shows from the 1950s-1970s. Some of his favorites were the Rifleman, Dennis the Menace, Gunsmoke,The Three Stooges and M.A.S.H. Ted enjoyed palling around with his canine buddy Zoey, a golden retriever/black lab mix.

Paramount in his life was his family that he adored. Ted was always there with them and for them, putting their needs before his, a caretaker for those who needed him most. Ted instilled an appreciation for history to his children by planning vacations to historic locations. The Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge, Orlando and Ft. Myers were favorite destinations. His family's most memorable trip was Washington D.C. where he introduced them to Arlington, the White House, Smithsonian and took a treasured visit to the Vietnam Veteran Memorial.

Left to cherish Ted's memory are his wife Alma; a daughter, Ginger Richard and husband T.J. of Rochester;  two sons, Eric Halterman and wife Ashley of Rochester, Craig Powell and his wife of Fishers; 10 grandchildren,  Alynna Eileen Richard, Abigail Evelyn Richard, Gage Brazen Richard, Payton Robert Halterman, Adrienne Elyzabeth Halterman, Brooklyn Marie Halterman, Ella Lynn Halterman, David Wayne Andrews III, Ella Powell and Abby Powell; a brother, Lynn Halterman and wife Mary Kaye of Carolina Beach, N.C.; several nieces and nephews and his loyal and devoted canine companion Zoey.

Preceding Ted in death are his parents, father Het in March 1983, stepfather, Dale Peterson in November 2012 and mother Eileen in June 21, 2013.

The Halterman family wishes to express their grateful appreciation to Chaplain Jason See, Ginger's work family at the Woodlawn Hospital Emergency Room and the Fulton County Medics for their love and support at the unexpected passing of their treasured husband, father and grandfather, Ted.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Ted Leroy Halterman will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 21, 2013, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester with Chaplain Jason See officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5­-8 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Military graveside rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Education and Adoption Center through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013
Article comment by: Jeff Shriver

Went to school and graduated with Ted. Totally lost contact decades ago. I am shocked that he has passed and send my condolences to the family from overseas.
Always My Best!
Jeff Shriver

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