*Below is his obituary in his own words, dated 2006.**
I was born in Chilliothe, Missouri in 1936. In 1956 I married Pearl Marie Fugate. Pearl and I have two children, Lisa McDermand Morgan and Greg McDermand. From 1957 until my retirement in 1994, I worked for the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company. I made a lot of friends in my 38 years in the brewing business.
Here are a few things that I have accomplished in the last 70 years.
- I learned enough about horses to be able to catch, saddle and ride a reasonably gentle one. Though the broncs were Pearls specialty.
- I have learned to draw, paint and sculpt things to my liking and sometimes to the liking of others. Art is truly my fascination and love. Much of my my work is abstract. My daughter Lisa loves to draw faces.
- I have become a poet and always try to express my thoughts expressionistically but also enjoy gibberish, being long ago inspired by Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll.
- I built two large greenhouses where I grew bromeliads for many years. The dark and sultry interior of the environment that bromeliads love has also been a fortress of solitude and peace for me.
- I owned a sailboat for 10 years, learned the ropes, and came to love the pulse of a boat under sail. Sailing alone is a primitive thrill.
- I have known the miracle of the total reciprocation of true love.
- I have learned to relax and to induce self hypnosis/meditation.
- I have a website and blog where I have posted many of my drawings and poems, if anyone is interested. It is called Bluewarp, and I am called groundhogger. www.warpedinblue.blogspot.com
- I have learned to play harmonica a little and love to play the blues with my son Greg, who is a skilled guitarist.
- I enjoy studying the strange and thank the good Lord for my insatiable curiosity.
- I love to cook and prepare my own meals which I enjoy immensely.
- I have developed my mind and body as a long distance runner for 24 years and have completed 3 Marathons. 26.2 miles is as much mental as it is physical.
I live my life to the fullest and will try to die my death the same.
And the time,
The time is always, "Here and Now"
Live for today, and not for tomorrow, for time is all that we cannot borrow.
- Ted McDermand