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Wednesday February 3rd, 2021
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Ted Lee Durham

Ted Lee Durham, 68, of Taylorville, took his final breaths surrounded by his girls and Three Dog Night in the background on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 in his home.

 Ted was born on November 11, 1952 to Betty and Clay Durham of Taylorville.  He graduated Taylorville High School in 1970 where he was a trumpet player in the band and was a member of the first ever Taylorville High School Wrestling Team, a title of which he was extremely proud. On October 14, 1972 he married Bev Beard of Taylorville and they shared a beautiful 48 years of marriage.  Together they raised two daughters, Anji and Lisa and were super fans to their 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson and 2 bonus grandsons.

Ted worked at American Fixture Company (AF-CO) for over 20 years, creating custom kitchens for homes all over Illinois. His beautiful mind and endless talent also brought to life numerous swing sets, Pinewood Derby cars, and science projects.  He retired from Nudo Products in Springfield as a supervisor on the night shift, a career which prompted his poem “Ode to ‘C’ and ‘D’ Shifts”.

With Ted’s numerous accomplishments in life, his favorite was his daughters and grandchildren. He was the epitome of a hands-on dad and Papa. He loved cheering on all of his girls and boys usually front row for basketball, cheerleading, soccer, and dance recitals and competitions. He amazed them all daily with his knowledge of trivia, random facts, music back stories, and home made candy. He instilled early to Anji and Lisa that classic rock is the best and they spent these last few years attending concerts of his favorite bands, Three Dog Night and Chicago.

A die-hard lifelong Raiders fan, if Ted was not wearing purple and gold for his grandkids, he was wearing black and silver for his Raiders.

The king of dad jokes, the human GPS and his ‘never met a stranger’ mentality, the world will be a little lost for more than one reason for a while. 

Ted is survived by his wife, Bev; his daughters Anji Durham of Springfield, IL and Lisa (Adam) Reeter of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren: Bayleigh Durham of Mascoutah, IL, Darbi Durham of Jacksonville, IL, and Alyviah Durham of Laverne, CA; Preston & Mylie Sims of Taylorville, IL  great-grandson Treyton Durham of Mascoutah, IL; and bonus grandsons Ethan and Ty Reeter of Sherman, IL. He is preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Clay Durham and his brother, Tom.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Private family services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Ted has asked that donations be made to the Tornado Wrestling Foundation, Jane Griffiths, 916 E. Bidwell Street, Taylorville, IL. 

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Bev, so sorry for your loss! Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

Debbie (Moore) Baggerly Feb 6 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ted Durham

Brenda Presnell Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

Anji... MY DEEPEST Heartfelt Sympathy to you and your family. There are no words to take away the pain (I know) but I pray that you each find strength and comfort in your memories. What would we do without those! Prayers for each on of you.

Marie Headlee Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

Bev - sorry for your loss. Keeping you and family in prayers.

Donna Sinnard Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and Prayers area with you.

Sheryl Podeschi & Brianne Hughes Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

Bev So sorry for your loss

Janet Cisco Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

Bev and family, Barry and I are so sorry for your loss.

Marge Halford Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM

My love and sympathy Bev to you and your girls and their families as you remember Ted. He was one of my favorite Class of 1970 friends. Such a kind and genuine person. He will be missed by all of us who were blessed to have him as our friend. God bless each of you.

Rita Altman Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM

Bev, Anji, Lisa and family, you have our deepest sympathy. Ted showed kindness and his love for his family and to anyone he met which was always evident. Truly he is one of the good guys!
His life and how he lived will continue to be lived out to all his family, friends and its now our place to share his life to others.
Well done faithful servant!
Our Love and prayers to you all!
Deby Klein and family

Deby Klein Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM

Bev and family, so sorry for your loss, I have fond memories of him growing up together in the same neiborhood

Terry Sutton Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM

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