Theodore ‘Ted’ LeForge



World War II veteran Theodore “Ted” LeForge, 96, St.Johns, died July 25, 2020, at home, while his family was by his side.

A funeral service will be held Monday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. at Houghton Lake Wesleyan Church, with the Rev. Bryan Thompson officiating. Visitation will be held at the church Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be in Cadillac Memorial Gardens West, Westland. Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel, handled arrangements.

He was born April 22, 1924, in Linton, IN, the son of Theodore and Louise (Jeffers) LeForge. He grew up in the Detroit area and graduated from Redford High School. He then attended Detroit Business College and received his associate degree.

He served as a sergeant in the Army during World War II. He spent his service time as a surgical tech in the Army Air Corps. His duties included assisting in surgeries and going on search and rescue missions of downed aircraft in China, Burma and India. On Sept. 16, 1961, he and Wanda M. O’Nan were united in marriage in Livonia.

Mr. LeForge owned and operated George Instrument Company which specialized in the manufacture and sale of industrial temperature controls. The couple moved from Southfield to the Houghton Lake area in 1974.

He enjoyed golfing and fishing, but his true passions were his service to the church, Houghton Lake Wesleyan Church, and spending time with his family. His service to the church included acting as elder and trustee and maintaining health insurance for all pastors in the district for 16 years. He was also a member of the Lake City American Legion.

Preceding him in death were his parents; daughter, Darlene Kissel; two sisters, Roberta LeForge and Beth LeForge; and brother, Robert LeForge.

Surviving Mr. LeForge are his wife of 58 years, Wanda M. LeForge of St. Johns; two sons, Gene (Lois) LeForge of Midland and Tim (Amy) LeForge of Ionia; grandchildren, Kyle (Susie), Christina (Nathan), Jonathon, Nathaniel, Ryan, Andrew, Paul (Rhei) and Amy; great-grandson, Peter; great-granddaughter, Sarah; two sisters, Martha LeForge, and Sharon Fuller, both of Holland; and nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Houghton Lake Wesleyan Church.

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