MARQUETTE, Mich. - Theodore "Ted" M. Gawry, 81, also affectionately known by family and special friends as "Toggo," of Marquette, died Wednesday morning, July 3, 2013, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.
He was born January 16, 1932, in Iron River, a son of the late Teofil and Mary (Kotowfki) Gawrylczyk. Ted was raised in Iron River and attended Iron River High School where he played basketball and served as class president prior to graduating in 1950.
Ted earned a Bachelor's Degree in science and math at NMU where he lettered in varsity basketball and was a member of the Tri MU Fraternity. He was drafted by the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict.
On June 19, 1954, he married the former Elsie Mae Vadnais at St. Michael Catholic Church.
Ted taught math and chemistry at Oxford High School, where he also coached basketball and baseball until 1962 before taking a job as a systems engineer in Detroit for IBM. Ted advanced to management for IBM and eventually relocating to the IBM site in Boca Raton, Florida. He retired in 1989.
Ted loved attending horse and dog races while in Florida. He also enjoyed trips to the Upper Peninsula with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie Mae Gawry of Marquette; children, David (Kim) Gawry of Waterford, MI and Tedi (Gustavo) Wells of Austin, TX; grandchildren, Scott and Molly Gawry of Waterford; nieces and nephews, Geri Wiora, Janice Zieler, Patsy Stuglis, Roxann Johnson, Rodney Johnson, Carol Vadnais, Barbara Noll, Karen Mullane, Bill Lakenen and Rayme Martineau; great-nieces, Kelcie and Ariana Martineau, who regarded Ted as "grandpa;" and sister's-in-law, Beverly Johnson of Oxford and Kathleen Lakenen of Marquette.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 8 siblings.
The family would like to thank Ted's caregivers, Doug Kozeluh and Bill Sampson for their care of him while at home and also to the staff at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans during his stay.
A celebration of Ted's life will be held at a later date and will be announced by the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home where memories may be shared at canalefuneral .com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Iron County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 272, Caspian, MI 49915.