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STAHLMAN - Theodore Edward "Ted"
May 19th, 1945 - January 24th, 2014
Ted Stahlman, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend died peacefully on Friday, January 24th, 2014 in the loving company of his family. "Uncle Ted" was a lifelong bachelor, traveler, fashion expert, cook, avid coin collector, lover of Playboy magazines (great articles) and a Fox News enthusiast. He loved his dogs Gus, Cleo and Georgia, going to his Coin Club meetings, Family dinners every Sunday, visiting with his Friends, and sitting back in his easy chair reading or watching TV. Ted had a life-long love affair with tortilla's, beans, potatoes and biscotti's. Not to mention a cold beer with friends. The women in his life were numerous, having being outnumbered with four older sisters (Louise, Geraldine, Shirley and Beverly). All who fussed over him and quite frankly, spoiled him for any other woman. He was adored by his mother Myra and loved by his father, Theodore; nieces Chere', Cathie, Joy, and Gina; nephews, John, Rick, Joe, Jason, Steve and Mike. Not to mention his close relationship to Bob, John, and Mark (nephews by marriage), as well as Meaghan, and Chelsey, his great nieces. Ted excelled at organization, fixing things around his house and washing his car (NOT). His idea of washing his car was pulling it out in the driveway during a rain storm (it's been dirty now for a while), fixing a lamp - well, let's just say there's a graveyard in the garage, and organization ended up being "Pile 1, Pile 2, Pile 3... " At the end of the day, Ted cared about what was most important to him: his Friends, his Dogs and his Family. Ted never met a stranger, loved a great fish fry, reading any History book he could get his hands on and sitting in his easy chair watching TV, flipping channels between Fox News, the History Channel, and PBS. Ted took fashion cues from no one. His signature every day look was all his: a plain pocket T-shirt designed by the famous house of 'Fruit of the Loom', his beige cargo shorts worn above the navel and sold exclusively at Sam's and a pair of white tennis shoes paired with white cropped socks. However, we must also note his extreme fondness for flip-flops. Ted traveled extensively, only staying in the finest 2 or 3 star hotels. His frugality was legendary and something he took great pride in. He always said, he left his Heart in Rome (or was it that one waitress?) his Thirst in Ireland, his Stomach in England (one too many fish and chips.) his Eyes in Florida (too many bikinis) and his best memories in Missouri. He saw the famous "Tatu" in Edingbough Scotland, traveled throughout Asia, and as a member of the U.S Army, served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Because of his irrational fear that his Family would throw a lavish 'football' themed Funeral despite the fact that his beloved Buffalo Bills were not in the Super Bowl, Ted's Family will hold his Memorial service at Tarrytown United Methodist Church, in the Chapel at 3pm on Saturday, February 1st. A full Military service with Honor Guard will be conducted on Monday, February 3rd at 9:45am at the National Cemetery at Fort Sam Houston. In lieu of flowers, Ted's Family requests donations to the Austin Humane Society or Austin Pets Alive. Ted was a strong advocate of animal adoption and was extremely proud and grateful for the animals that made their way into his life over the years through rescue. His Family would also like to thank Dr. John Sandbach and Texas Oncology as well as the nurses at Christopher House for helping to make his last hours, one of peace and comfort. We will miss you Ted - loved you most. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78705 - (512) 452-8811

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