Theda E. "Ted" Hollenbaugh, 90, of rural Columbia City, and with Huntington County relatives, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at 5:25 p.m. at Timbercrest Health Care Center in North Manchester, IN, where he had been a resident for the past three years.
He was born Dec. 3, 1921, in Jefferson Township, Whitley County, to Chester and Essie Gillam Hollenbaugh. He was married to Betty Jane Goble on Oct. 25, 1941, and she survives.
Mr. Hollenbaugh's formative years were spent in Jefferson Township. He graduated from Jefferson Center High School in 1939. He served with the United States Army 65th Infantry Division, Company K, in France, Germany and Austria during World War II. He attained the rank of staff sergeant, and was honorably discharged in 1946.
He began his work career at Weatherhead, Columbia City, as a machinist. After returning from the war, he returned to Weatherhead, which later became Dana Weatherhead. He retired as the electrician of the local plant in 1980, with over 40 years of service. In addition to his factory work, he operated his farm.
He was a member of Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church and the church men's brotherhood, National Watch and Clock Collectors Association, Indiana and Whitley County Archeological Society, was a past president of Splendid Splinters Woodcarvers and was a member of the National Woodcarvers Association.
Additonal survivors include a sister, Betty Zoe (James) Williams, and a granddaughter, Sarah (Gaib) Wall, of Roanoke.
Calling is Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, 207 N. Main St., Columbia City. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, 880E-1100N, Roanoke, with one hour of visitation prior. The burial will be in Pleasant Chapel Cemetery, Huntington County.
Preferred memorials are to Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, 880E-1100N, Roanoke, IN 46783.
Online condolences may be sent at www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.