Theodore "Ted" Robert Engelhardt, age 63, and a resident of Lorain, died Thursday, December 27, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Lorain, September 5, 1949, to the late Ted R. and Mildred J. (nee James) Engelhardt.
Ted was a 1968 graduate of Marion L. Steele High School, Amherst. Following graduation, Ted enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Viet Nam Era, serving four years. He was employed by the United States Steel Corporation, Lorain, where he had been employed for over 40 years. For several years he was a general foreman of Seamless Maintenance. He than became a manager of Labor Relations. At present, he was a consultant at the steel plant. More than anything, Ted enjoyed spending time with his family.
Survivors include his four children, Emily A. (John) Herrmann, James T. (Hollie Anderson), Theodore R. Jr., Daniel J. (Sara Schaffer); six grandchildren, Genevieve and Jack Herrmann, Carly, Cait, Olivia, and Autumn Engelhardt; his siblings, Susan (Dr. John) Schaeffer, Cindy (Jon) Williams, and Rick; his uncle Jack; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Ted, being social in nature, with an enormous friend base, was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous since 1991, where he was very active as a mentor and sponsor. He volunteered for the former Compass House, where he was Chairman of the Board. He was presently board president of the Road to Hope Foundation House. Ted was a counselor for Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, serving inmates in local prisons. He was a long-time member of the Oberlin Golf Club and a member of the Amherst Noon Day Golf Club.
Family will receive friends Sunday, December 30, 2012, from 4 until 8 P.M., at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst. The funeral service will be 11 A.M., Monday, December 31, 2012, at Amherst Congregational United Church of Christ, 379 South Main Street, Amherst. Pastor Attila Szemesi will officiate. Burial, with military rites conducted by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard, will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Community Foundation of Lorain County, Memo: the Road to Hope Fund at 9080 Leavitt Road, Elyria, OH 44035 (440-984-7390), or online at www.peoplewhocare.org