Age 86, died Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Glacier Hills Assisted Living surrounded by his family. He was born June 4, 1936, in Hillsdale County, Michigan, the son of Gaylord Wilbur and Gertrude Mary (Bowditch) Cheever.
Ted graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1954, and then joined the US Navy, serving from 1954-1957. He did heating and cooling work for the University of Michigan, and then started his apprenticeship with Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 190. He worked on the Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant, U of M Chemistry Building, North Creek School, Chelsea Hospital, and the Beach Middle School pool. He was a member of the Chelsea Rod & Gun Club and Wild Goose Flyers (a radio controlled plane club). He was passionate about model airplanes, hunting and fishing; he was a big U of M football fan, and loved to share stories.
Ted married Sara Ann Taylor on December 8, 1962, at Zion Lutheran Church in Chelsea, and she survives. He is also survived by his daughter, Radine (Alex Ellingsen) Cheever of Kalamazoo; son, Scott (Lori) Cheever of Chelsea; grandson, Jake Cheever of Chelsea; brother, Gary (Shannon) Cheever of Sun City West, Arizona; aunt, Jeri Bowditch of Jackson; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 4:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Rev. Kurt Hutchens officiating. The family received friends before the service from 3-4 pm. A private burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Hillsdale, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Health at Home or a charity of your choice.
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