Theodore LeRoy “Ted” Hanes, 94, Claypool, died at 8:35 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, 2022.
He was born March 31, 1928, in Los Angeles, Calif. He was one of four children born to Viva Blanche (Netzley) Hanes and Charles Carl Hanes. Ted married the love of his life, Iris Euvonne Neff, on Valentines Day, Feb. 14, 1960. They were blessed with the joy of becoming parents, grandparents and great-grandparents throughout their journey of 62 years of marriage.
Ted graduated from Covina High School in Covina, Calif., and continued on with his undergraduate studies at UC Davis and UCLA. He earned his doctorate from UCLA and spent his career teaching biology at California State University of Fullerton. He loved learning and teaching, and was an authority and expert in California Coastal Vegetation, was an Audubon Society instructor and board chair of both Western Christian Schools and LaVerne Grace Brethren Church. Ted was a loving father and his greatest accomplishment was simply being there for his family. He enjoyed attending every game and event his four children participated in while they were growing up.
Upon retirement, Ted and Iris moved in August 1999 from Los Angeles, Calif., to a farm in Kosciusko County. They very much enjoyed the fellowship of their church family at Christ’s Covenant Church, Winona Lake, as well as Cornerstone Grace Church, South Whitley. He was a faithful Christian man who loved Jesus and served Him faithfully in his marriage, family, church, career and community. He will be dearly missed by his family and those who knew him. Ted left a legacy of love, kindness, patience and generosity. His family is rejoicing in the knowledge that Ted is now in Christ’s presence, with a renewed mind and body and with the assurance that his family will be reunited in Christ once again.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Iris Euvonne Hanes, Claypool; two sons, Mark (Lauri) Hanes, Winona Lake and Doug (Kari) Hanes, Claypool; two daughters, Linda (Dale) Payne, Visalia, Calif. and Nina Hanes Banks, Louisville, Ky.; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and one sister.
Ted’s life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at Christ’s Covenant Church, 2090 E. Pierceton Road, Winona Lake, and officiated by Pastor Larry McCall and Pastor Edward Robertson. There will be visitation an hour prior to the service at the church from 10-11 a.m. A private family graveside service will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw.
Memorial donations may be directed to Answers In Genesis, P.O. Box 510, Hebron, KY 41048-0510.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s website at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com.