Ted Vobr, age 83, of Midland, South Dakota, died on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Theodore Robert Vobr, better known as “Ted” by his family and friends, was born on April 13, 1936 to Albert and Kathryn (Zastrow) Vobr on the family home place in Tripp County which is thirteen miles south of Winner, South Dakota. He was delivered by a mid-wife. In 1948, the family moved to a ranch in the northwest corner of Mellette County. In 1952 they moved about ten miles north to a ranch near Stamford, South Dakota. Ted attended school through the sixth grade in Tripp County and then attended Big White and Harmony schools in Mellette County.
Starting in 1953, Ted worked for various ranchers in Jackson County including: Bert Perault, Andy Blom, and Martin and Baxter. In 1956, he started working for Oliver Iwan in Mellette County. At first, he lived with Oliver and Stella Iwan. When Oliver bought another ranch in Jackson County, Ted moved there in the fall of 1964. This is the same ranch where Ted had worked for Martin and Baxter. He continued to live and work for the rest of his life on that ranch.
From 1960 to 1962, Ted served in the United States Army including such places as: Ft. Riley, Ft. Leonard Wood, and West Point. At West Point Ted was a mechanic and served in the motor pool and drove cadets wherever they needed to go. One day he was sent to drive Billy Graham around, and he got to visit with him quite a bit. He was at West Point for a year and a half. Ted was an excellent mechanic and enjoyed farming and ranching. He liked to fish, hunt, and ride around on his four-wheeler. He also enjoyed playing cards and doing puzzles. Ted was a member of the American Legion of Belvidere. He helped with Memorial Day services and was active in mowing and maintaining the Belvidere Cemetery.
Ted never married. Survivors include eight siblings Margaret Adel of Rapid City, Albert "Al" (Ardith) Vobr of Springfield, Nebraska, Helen Anderson of Bagley, Minnesota, Jo (Jim) Goldade of Bismarck, North Dakota, Frances Vobr of Bismarck, North Dakota, David Vobr of Lakewood, Colorado, Lawrence "Larry" (Leoretta) Vobr of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, and Philip (Nan) Vobr of Shevlin, Minnesota; special friends Syd Iwan and Jim Addison; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Ted was preceded in death by a brother Charles Vobr and his parents.
Private family services will be held.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 at the Belvidere Cemetery with Pastor Jesse Taylor officiating.