Theodore Joseph Himes
Theodore Joseph Himes, 95, of Sycamore, formerly of Barrington, died peacefully Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 at his home.
He was born April 8, 1926 in Urbana to Shelby and Margaret (Scheib) Himes. He married Norma P. Himes (Jennings) on June 15, 1952 in Evanston.
Ted was a Veteran of the United States Navy and served during the end of WWII. After he was discharged from the Navy, he attended and graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign, with a degree in business. During his years at U of I, he pledged the ‘Phi Gamma Delta’ fraternity, in which he met his lifelong friends…including his beloved Norma.
He spent his professional years working in the sporting goods industry. He achieved the role as the president of the Porter Company in Schiller Park for the majority of his employment.
Throughout his life, Ted enjoyed playing and watching sports, with golf being his favorite. Ted’s hobbies included hiking, biking, working in the yard, golfing, watching college football and reading.
His favorite place was his ‘Clear Lake’ home in Tomahawk, Wis.. He started going up there at age 8 years old and never missed a year since. Upon his retirement, he and Norma were able to spend 13 years in Tucson, Ariz., in the winters, where he enjoyed being an avid golfer.
Ted loved spending time with his family, especially up at Clear Lake. Friday night fish frys, cookies/ brownies and most any sweets, 5 o’clock happy hour pontoon boat rides, attending social events, and getting together with old college friends were some of his life delights.
He was preceded in death by his wife Norma; his parents; two sisters, Peggy Porter and Dottie Mooney; and son-in-law, Michael G. Hermes.
He is survived by three children, Joanne (Ian) Berch, Doug (Nancy) Himes and Kim (Doug) Hermes; four grandchildren, Dana (T.J.) Plummer, Emily Himes, Austin (Ariel) Himes and Michael P. Hermes; three great-grandchildren, Sloane, Declan and Lincoln Plummer; brother Don (Peggy) Himes; and many nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.
His memorial service has not been arranged at this time, but will take place at a later date. In lieu flowers please, consider making a donation to the Sycamore Methodist Church or FOCL (Friends of Clear Lake).
Arrangements were completed by the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, Ill. 60178. To sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com.