They married that same year and together had four children, Kirk (Keri/Dearla) Willhite, Sandy (Lonnie) Jennings, James (Leah) Willhite and TJ (Tolli) Willhite. After retiring from his position as a mlitary policeman, Ted and Darlene moved their family to Thompson Falls where he embarked on another career as a millwright. Ted loved to help people and was an active member of the Sanders County Search and Rescue and both the city and rural fire departments. He also volunteered for the Reserve Deputy Program in Thompson Falls. Ted could always be trusted to be wherever he was needed to help his community.
Ted and Darlene built their dream home along the Clark Fork River in Thompson Falls. He enjoyed boating on the river, fishing, and hunting the beautiful mountains of Montana with his sons and grandson, Shane. In 2005 they moved to Hayden, Idaho to be near their youngest son, TJ, and his family. He enjoyed attending his grandson’s games, birthday parties and school events.
Grandpa’s famous BBQ chicken was always a request at family dinners. Many things gave Ted joy in his life. He took great pride in his military service and his work as a volunteer in Thompson Falls. He adored his wife Darlene beyond measure and his happiest moments were those spent with family and friends.
Ted is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Darlene of 59 years; his brother, Don; four children, Kirk, Sandy, Jim and TJ; nine grandchildren, Shane, Trista, Jack, Nate, Matt, Daisian, Rhianna, Samantha and Kacy; seven great-grandchildren; Emma, Alaina, Riley, Emma, Gavin, Amari, and one on the way, and many nieces and nephews.
A family celebration to honor Ted’s life will take place at another date and time. Darlene and the family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of Bristol Heights and Hospice of North Idaho who lovingly cared for Ted and showed him all the respect he deserved until his last moments. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Ted’s name to Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden Idaho 83835.