Teddy “Ducky” Duckworth was born Jan. 10, 1943, in Lisbon, Wis., to Floyd L. and Gladys I. (Neve) Duckworth. Ted grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from New Lisbon High School in 1961. He joined the Marines and served his country for five years, four months, completing two extended tours in Vietnam with HMM-163, as a helicopter mechanic, crew chief and door gunner. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart after his helicopter was shot down for the third time, near Heip Duc.
After returning from Vietnam, Ted attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and graduated in 1971, with a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in geography and history. In April of 1972, Ted was appointed the Juneau County Veterans Service Officer and retired in 2006, after 34 years of dedicated service. Ted was a member of the American Legion Post 110, New Lisbon for 51 years. In June 1991, he was appointed to the board of veteran’s affairs, where he served from 1994-1997, on all committees. Ted was elected to lead the Wisconsin American Legion as state commander, 2005-2006. His true passion was Badger Boys State and served as director for 10 years. Ted was also a volunteer fireman for 15 years for the New Lisbon Fire Department.
Ted loved golfing and would play the game every day of the week ending in “Y”! He met his wife, Carole, while playing golf in 2011 and they were married Oct. 6, 2012, in Wisconsin. Ted also enjoyed watching football, playing cribbage and cards and spending time with family and friends. Ted and Carole relocated to Troutman, N.C., in December 2016, due to his health condition.
Ted passed away Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Mooresville, N.C. at the age of 74 years, 11 months, and 19 days. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gerald Duckworth; and sister June Duckworth.
Ted is survived by his wife, Carole; two sisters, Jessie (Cliff) Jensen and Judy (Stephen) Kennedy; three brothers, Bill (Judy) Duckworth, Bob (Becky) Duckworth and Leroy Duckworth; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In lieu of flowers memorials to the American Legion Post #110 or the Badger Boys State would be appreciated.
A Celebration of Ted’s Life will be held on Saturday April 7, 2018 from 1:00P.M. until 3:00P.M. at the New Lisbon Community Center (110 Welch Prairie Rd.) in New Lisbon. A Tribute Service will start at 1:30P.M. with Military Honors. Online condolences are available at www.harefuneralhome.com