Richard ‘Ted’ Delzeith Richard Theodore Delzeith, passed away on September 9, 2016 surrounded by his family at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Ted was born on October 6, 1927, in New York City, NY to Aloysius and Nell (Desnoyer) Delzeith. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Jackson, Mich. Ted served in the U.S. Army in Guam and the Philippines under General MacArthur. Upon his honorable discharge, he used his GI bill to attend Ferris State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Ted was the charter president of the Gamma Chi chapter of the Kappa Psi fraternity.
Ted spent his career as a pharmacist in Jackson, Blissfield and even after retirement in Florida. Ted was married to his beloved wife, Mildred, for 59 years and was a proud father, grandfather and great-papa. An avid boater, Ted became a Captain in the Power Squadron and taught classes for many years. He was also an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo where he mentored many pharmacy interns. He was an active participant in the Devil’s Lake and North Cape Yacht Clubs and enjoyed nothing more than a day of sailing on the lake. After retiring to Florida, Ted and Mildred spent many years serving Meals on Wheels to shut-ins. He was also a member of the Peace River Car Club and the Peace River Boat Club. He was a member of the San Antonio Catholic Church. Ted and Mildred spent many years traveling in their Sportsmobile and were active in the Sportsmobile Club. Ted will be remembered for his commitment and devotion to his family.
He is survived by his daughters, Sarah (Ron) Rudland, Anne (Rick) Ryan, Lisa (Mike) Jordon, Becky (Brian) Tejkl. He was grandfather to Will (Mollie), Lauren (Christopher), Eric (Kristin), Brigette (Brian), Austin, Michael, Andrea, Christian (Melinda), MacKenzie (Alex), Meghan, Bailey (Zach), Brody and Braxton. He was also a very proud Great-Papa to Ella, Wyatt, Sophie, Nolan, Ethan, Myla, Cadence and Paul. Ted will also be greatly missed by Katherine Cellamare. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mildred, son Richard Jr., grandsons Tommy, Alexander, Kevin and Trey, sister Jeanne and brother-in-law Robert. The family wishes to thank the many health care providers at Fawcett Memorial and Tidewell Hospice for their care and compassion. Memorial services will be held at a later time in Michigan and at San Antonio Catholic Church, Punta Gorda, Fla. Contributions may be made to the Peace River Wildlife Center and/or Tidewell Hospice, Fla. Ted may be kindly remembered at icscremationandfunerals.org and facebook.com/icscremationandfunerals.