Theodore V. Dahlke, age 86 of Lima, went to his heavenly home with Jesus at 9:43pm on Tuesday October 17, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 30, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio to Theodore L. Dahlke and Genevieve M. (Manzler) Dahlke both deceased. He married his loving wife of 67 years, Betty A. (Hartman) Dahlke on July 1, 1950 who survives in Lima.
Ted Dahlke graduated from Lima South High School in 1949. He then joined the Navy and was stationed in San Diego, California in 1949. He proudly served his country as a stationary steam engineer aboard the USS Dixie AD 14. He is a Veteran of the Korean War. He received his stationary steam engineer’s Ohio license in 1953. Ted retired from the Lima Refinery in 1993 where he worked for 25 years. He then had a 2nd retirement from Superior Forge and Steel in 2014 where he worked for 6.5 years. Ted is an active member of the VFW and American Legion. Ted is a born again Christian who has served faithfully his Lord and Savior all of his life. His favorite passage is Matthew 6 “The Lord’s prayer”. Ted wants all to know that “Jesus is the way the truth and the life no man cometh unto the Father except through Him”, John 14:6.
His legacy and service towards the Lord will continue through his survivors. For this is his prayer. This includes his children: Kimberly (Jim) Lawrence of Harrod and Theodore (Carolyn) Dahlke of Lima. His oldest daughter, Debra K. Joseph-Budde, deceased on 11.5.13. He is anxiously awaiting her greeting in heaven along with his parents. He has 7 grandchildren, Heidi (James) Hartz of Toledo; Dawn (Jamie) Thomas of Georgia; Joshua (Erin) Joseph of St. Mary’s; Theodore Dahlke of Findlay; Katie (Travis) Neal of St. Mary’s; Claire (Alex) Ciminillo of Lima; Levi Dahlke of Lima, he has 7 great grand children who he loves very much. Tyler, Madelyn, and Malachi Hartz of Toledo; Wyatt and Macy Thomas of Georgia; Kaden Neal of St. Mary’s; Tavi Joseph of St. Mary’s. He is survived by his brother Donald (Betty) Dahlke of Lima. His sisters Donna Craig, Arline Daly, and Dorothy Schafer and brother Everett Dahlke are all deceased.
The family will have a private service at Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Doneta Warren officiating. In honor of our father, husband, and grandfather, the family requests donations are made to “Disabled Veterans”. Donations: dav.org or DAV-Disabled American Vet, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250. Online condolences may be shared at BayliffAndSon.com