T. Edward ‘Ted’ Ummel
March 6, 1955 — Oct. 28, 2010
ARGOS — T. Edward “Ted” Ummel, Argos, after a courageous battle with acute myeloid luekemia, diagnosed in June of this year, died unexpectedly in the I. U. Medical Center, Indianapolis at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010.
In his blog on CaringBridge.org, Ted wrote that he had been blessed to have had an uneventful medical history with no surgeries or hospital stays from birth until this past June.
His symptoms appeared in late May, early June, leading to a diagnosis June 10. He underwent chemo, stem cell and bone marrow treatments over the past four months.
Ted was 55 years old.
A loving husband, father, son, brother, and uncle, he was born March 6, 1955, in South Bend. He was the son of Richard L. and Jacquelyn E. McReynolds Ummel.
Ted lived in Brasil, South America, with his missionary parents from the ages of one to 18 and graduated from the Green Acre High School, a boarding school in Brasil, in 1973. He played soccer with a club team. He loved the game and loved the country of Brasil and would proudly fly her flag on particular occasions.
He did his undergraduate work at Bethel College and graduated in 1977. While there he worked full time as the assistant manager of a Sherwin Williams store in Mishawaka.
He earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Valparaiso University in 1980, and was a partner in the law firm of Easterday and Ummel.
June 10, 1978, Ted and Brenda Risser were married in the Bethel Missionary Church in Goshen.
Ted coached multiple Argos recreational soccer teams for the Argos Youth Soccer association for 30 years. Treasurer of the group, he was also in charge of the referees and scheduling of the games.
A committed Christian, Ted served on the Board of Directors of the Missionary Church, the United Missionary Loans and Investments and the Missionary Church Investment Foundation.
He was an active member of the Plymouth Missionary Church where he had served as treasurer and was a Sunday School teacher. He was also on the management team of the Missionary Church North Central District.
Very active in the Republican Party, Ted was treasurer of the Marshall County G.O.P. for 30 years. He was a member of the State Bar Association and the Marshall County Bar.
Ted is survived by his wife, Brenda, Argos, with whom he shared his life for 32 years.
Also surviving is their son Phillip Ummel, Goshen, and their daughter, Tracy Ummel, Denver, Colo.
His granddogger, “Nash,” a beloved pet, also survives.
Ted’s mother, Jacquelyn, Leo, Ind.; a brother, Michael (Joanne) Ummel, Leo, Ind.; and sister, Anita (Roger) Riquelme, Asuncion, Paraguay, S.A.; survive together with a father-in-law, Robert Risser, Hudson Falls, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Vikki Frieden, living in Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard L. Ummel; a brother, Richard L. “Rick” Jr.; and his mother-in-law, Phyllis J. Risser.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nappanee Missionary Church, 70417 S.R. 19 North, Nappanee, Ind.
A funeral service will be held at the same location Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. The Reverends Pat Puglisi and Dave Engbrecht will conduct the service, a celebration of Ted’s life.
Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Interment will be in the Wakarusa Olive West Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Plymouth Missionary Church, Nappanee Missionary Church or Bethel College.
Letters of condolence and sharing of memories may be sent to the family through the funeral home’s website: www.johnson-danielson.com .