Theodore Everett Esteph, age 80, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Ardmore. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at The Chapel at Griffin ~ Hillcrest Funeral Home with Pastor Bradley O’Dell Officiating. Interment to follow in McAlister Cemetery, Ardmore, Okla.
Ted was born on May 29, 1936, to Lonnie and Nellie (Ramey) Esteph in Columbus, Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1957, serving in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1963. He moved to Ardmore, to be near his sister. Ted married Frances on April 7, 1978, in Ardmore. He worked for Pepsi Cola Bottling Company working on the floor making cola. In 1963, he worked as the Presser for Cooks Dry Cleaners until he retired due to his health. He was a life member of DAV, Chapter 30, where he served as Chaplain and Junior Vice-President. Ted was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #65 and served as Sergeant-at-Arms. He was in charge of quarters at the Military Museum. He and Frances were present at its inception and he served on the Board of Directors. He was a member of the House of Prayer Church and was active in the Food Bank at the church. Ted enjoyed spending his free time fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Cera Rose Esteph; and 12 brothers and sisters. Theodore is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Esteph of the home; seven children: Debra Kay Ferguson and husband, Danny of Ardmore, David Martin Arnold of Boise, Idaho, Gary Don Esteph and wife, Glenda of Palmer, Texas, Sheril Ann McLain and husband, Robert of Ardmore, Mary Elizabeth Houchin and husband, Robbie of Springer, Nellie Jean Dunn and husband, Michael of Ardmore, and Wesley Everett Esteph of Ardmore; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday evening, Jan. 19, 2017, at Griffin ~Hillcrest Funeral Home, Ardmore, Okla. Condolences may be left at www.griffinhillcrest.com.