Ted was born to Theo Grace (Allen) Lawler and Walter Jacob Stutzman on Feb. 17, 1941, in Peabody. He graduated from Newton High School in 1959. He served four years in the United States Air Force.
Ted married Judith Staton on Nov. 15, 1969, and they were married for 18.5 years. He worked as a train dispatcher for the Santa Fe Railroad for 18.5 years.
Ted had a passion for telling others about Jesus and talking politics; he never knew a stranger. He had a love for the outdoors, was a loyal friend and a great father. Ted always walked around with a smile on his face and offered a helping hand.
Ted is survived by one daughter, Jaime LaRue and husband Sean of Tulsa, Okla.; two sons, Craig Stutzman and wife Leah of Bel Aire, and Jon Stutzman and wife Nicole of Wichita; three sisters, Eileen Wonders and husband Harold of Newton, Nancy Keasey of Tucson, Ariz., and Barbara Tyler and husband Chuck of Cibolo, Texas; 10 precious grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theo Grace (Allen) Lawler and Walter Jacob Stutzman.
A visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Petersen Funeral Home, 215 N. Main St. in Newton; friends may visit with the family from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A celebration of life for Ted will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton, with Pastor Terry Ullum officiating. Burial will follow at Burns Cemetery in Burns.
Memorial donations may be made to Crossroads Community Church, Halstead
Theodore “Ted” Allen Stutzman, 72, entered the loving arms of Jesus on May 12, 2013, in Peabody.