KNOX -- The community mourned the loss of one of the county's best recently.
Theodore L. “Ted” Bombagetti, age 63, of Knox, passed away Sunday, May 26.
He was born October 11, 1955 in Chicago.
Ted was dedicated to his community.
For 40 years, he served his community as a volunteer firefighter.
He was a member of the Bass Lake and Knox-Center Township Fire departments.
Starting out at Bass Lake, he was chief for six years.
He was currently the Assistant Fire Chief of the Knox-Center Township Fire department.
To him, being a firefighter was a true calling and an honor, according to his obituary.
He also served as Starke County’s Emergency Management Director before taking a regional position with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
During his children’s time in the Knox School Corporation, he served as the Band Booster president for four years.
He was well known for his ability to efficiently pack the trailer with props and instruments.
Ted also happily cooked breakfast for post-prom goers.
Encouraging those, when leaving, to pick a better pair of shoes than those they arrived in.
Ted will always be remembered for his ability to make all feel welcome.
He had an uncanny way to make those around him feel important, loved, and supported.
To him, no one was a stranger.
His seven grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Ted was most happy and slept the most sound when everyone was home.
His family will miss playing 7 Card No Peek, watching movies, and his infectious spirit.
And of course, everyone who knew Ted knew that he was a huge Notre Dame fan, especially football….Go Irish!
On September 23, 1978, in Knox, he married Carol Albright, she survives. Also surviving are his mother, MaryAnn Bombagetti of Knox, his daughters, Sarah Nehrbass (Jon) of Seattle, Wash., Katie Jordan (Jesse) of Knox, and Angela Carver (Tim) of Galveston, Indiana, his brothers, Joe Bombagetti (Denise) of Crown Point, and Ed Bombagetti (Rose) of Cedar Lake, , and his 6 grandchildren, Amelia and Eleanor Nehrbass, Rylan, Kohl and Jude Jordan, and Madelynn Carver.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Bombagetti and a granddaughter, Jessah Jordan.
Funeral services have since been held. He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Knox.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Knox-Center Township Fire Department, 101 W. Washington St., Knox, IN 46534.
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(Cover photo by Cathy Short)