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Theodore Q. Mahoney

Died: Fri., Apr. 29, 2011

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Theodore (Ted) Quentin Mahoney died peacefully at the age of 91 on April 29, 2011, at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula, Montana.  Beloved by family and friends and ever a stalwart to neighbors, he will be missed by those who were fortunate enough to know him.


Ted was born and grew to manhood in Colorado, where he developed a lifelong love of the mountains, wildlife, camping, and fly-fishing, and got to be a crack shot.  In the years leading up to World War II, he also discovered dirt-track racing.  One consequence was that he became an outstanding mechanic, one who could make any engine a" though preferably a Ford a" perform to its maximum capability (later, as a married man, he used the same skills to keep the family vehicles rolling for an impressive number of miles).  He graduated from South High in Denver in 1938, and attended the University of Denver before being inducted into the military.  He served during World War II as a weapons specialist with the 90th Bomb Group (the famed "Jolly Rogers") of the Army Air Corps in the Pacific, rising to the rank of Captain as the fighting moved northward from New Guinea to Japan.  In civilian life after the war he again attended the University of Denver, and worked for many years as a training specialist and supervisor at the headquarters of the US Air Force School of Applied Aerospace Sciences at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver.  At Lowry, he met Ella Mae Lieder, who was to become his wife of 49 years.  Outside of work, he augmented fly-fishing with the then-new activity of river rafting.  He also started a minerals service business, to which he devoted a growing share of his time as the years went by.  He retired from government service in 1972, and in 1975 he and Ella moved to the Victor, Montana, area.  There, he pursued his long-abiding interests and developed several new ones, notably in restoring antique single-cylinder engines and a Model A roadster pickup.  He was never short of projects.


Ted embraced life with optimism tempered by realism.  His strength of character, self-reliance, humor, perseverance in the face of challenges, charity to those less fortunate, and love of nature were an inspiration to family and friends.  He took great pleasure in spending time with his family, including adventure-laden summers in the Rockies and Alaska.  In later years, he and Ella enjoyed extended visits from granddaughter Maureen.  He was always happy to lend a tool or a helping hand, and heavy snows invariably saw him out in his homemade Model A snowplow clearing the driveways of neighbors.


He was preceded in death by his wife Ella, and is survived by daughters Donna of Victor, Montana, and Marla of Stevensville, Montana; sons John of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Thomas (wife Julie) of Denver, Colorado; and granddaughter Maureen, also of Denver.


He was laid to rest following a graveside service at the Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery.  A memorial reception will be held at the Victor house this summer (time and date to be announced).  Please allocate any remembrances to a charity of your choice (for information, please contact the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville, MT).

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