TORRINGTON – Ted Grant Diebold passed away at his home on Jan. 6, 2021, due to complications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Ted was born May 29, 1947, in Pueblo, Colo., to Edna (Sherman) and Boyd Grant Diebold.
Ted served honorably in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a boatswain’s mate on the USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14). During his service on the Ticonderoga, he participated in the Tet Offensive, the Pueblo Incident and the rescue of Captain Gary Powers from the U.S.S.R.
Ted served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 28 years and retired with the rank of Lieutenant.
After returning home to Colorado, he took a job with the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Commerce City.
Ted took a job with the Bureau of Reclamation in Granby as a water specialist, eventually moving with the bureau to Torrington.
After retiring from the Bureau of Reclamation, Ted managed a handyman service and did construction projects in the Wyo-Braska area.
Ted enjoyed traveling with his partner, Trudy Anderson. Their travels took them to Alaska, Scotland, Australia and many National Parks around the United States.
Ted most recently was enjoying a quiet life living in a log cabin in the Pine Ridge subdivision of Fort Laramie.
Ted is survived by his partner of fifteen years, Gertrude (Trudy) Anderson, two daughters, Jaelea (Chad) Novotny, Jodi (Steve) Droboski, granddaughters Vanessa and Ava Novotny, his sister, Jennine (Diebold) Harpel and many nieces and nephews.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Patsy Diebold and brother, William (Bud) Diebold.
There will be a Celebration of Life gathering to remember Ted this summer at his favorite hunting grounds in the mountains of Colorado.