Gardner ‘Ted’ Champlin, Jr.
Gardner “Ted” Champlin Jr., 71,a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, died on Wed., Jan. 27, 2021, after a long battle with cancer.
T e d was born in Chicago, Ill. and adopted by Gardner and Betty (Hower) Champlin. He grew up in Pueblo, Colo., became an Eagle Scout and graduated from Pueblo South High School.
He attended Ottawa University, in Ottawa where he met his wife Lois and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater. He was a teacher in Jetmore and Scott City.
Ted returned to college to learn computer science and worked for Farmland Industries in Hutchinson and also in Kansas City, Mo., as an IT programmer and Project Manager. He worked for John Deere IT in Colorado and Georgia. He retired in 2012 from Cabelas IT department in Sidney, Nebr.
Survived include his wife, Lois Harbach Champlin; daughters, Jessica Hendrickson and Rebecca Riggs; son, Gardner Chris Champlin; sisters, Nancy and Sally; five grandchildren Ben, Eli, and Silas Riggs, Gavin and Maddie Hendrickson and nieces Kelsey, Emily and Heather.
Ted enjoyed coaching US swim teams, including Scott City Stars, Hutchinson Salt City Seals, and Liberty Aquatics.
He played guitar and was involved in several bands. Ted was constantly writing song lyrics and memoirs. He loved going to concerts with family and friends. His love for music encompassed who he was.
He led Bible studies and small groups and was always active in the church. He loved his family and Jesus, who were the most important part of his life.
Condolences may be expressed at www.mcdonaldandson.com.
Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home, Cumming, Ga.