In memory: Ralph Tedrow “Ted” Will

Ralph Tedrow Will passed away on Monday, Nov. 28, at the age of 85. ted-will

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Kenneth Will; mother, Gertrude Mae Will; and sister, Jackie Royer. He is survived by his wife Karene, brother-in-law Phil, daughter Colette Sawyer (Robert), son Doug Will (Chris), daughter Wendy Lanham (Tim) as well as 6 grandchildren, their spouses and 6 great-grandchildren.

Ted will be remembered by his friends, family, and business associates as a teacher, mentor and one of the best human beings anyone might have the privilege of knowing. He served in the United States Air Force during the Eisenhower administration, attended Colorado State College, Stanford University and University of Colorado, going on to eventually became a professor of business at Colorado State University. They say that those who cannot do, teach, but he did both. Retired from teaching, he became an entrepreneur, owning and operating the Mister Money Pawn Shops with his children.

Ted loved flying his private plane and loved traveling with his wife. Together, they were instrumental in the revitalization of the Historic Old Town District of Fort Collins, including the renovation of the old firehouse on Walnut Street, which they lived in for 12 years. Afterwards, Ted and Karene spent many of their days in the mountains west of Fort Collins in the Red Feather and Glacier View area. Once retired, they lived in Puerto Vallarta for 8 years making many friends there. Followed by Fallbrook, CA, where they entertained many of their Colorado friends and family. In recent years, they spent their winters in Fort Meyers, FL, on the Caloosahatchee River, where Ted spent time working on his golf game and any building project he could get his hands on.

Those that knew him well knew that he was happiest learning new things, helping others, and spending time with family and friends.

The family will be holding a private memorial service in the spring of 2017. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Life for the Innocent or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.