Ted Watson was called home to the arms of his savior June 8, 2013. He died peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was 85.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. June 14, 2013, at Delta Christian Church. Burial took place at 1 p.m. June 14, 2013, at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction.
Theodore Kellogg Watson was born 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 their fingerprint division. He left D.C., returned home and enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve during WWII. After being discharged from the 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 Feb. 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 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 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.; his brother Charles (Jeanette) Watson, of Council Bluffs; his sisters, Pam McHenry, of Montgomery Village, Md., Nancy (Larry) Goodfriend, of Palm Dessert, Calif., Janet (David) McIntosh, of Council Bluffs, and Sue (Rod) Borman, of Mesa, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents and brother George Clair Watson.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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