Victor J Teders “Joe” born in Springfield OH to Victor J Teders Sr. and Elizabeth G. Taylor in 1948. Joe moved to Arizona when he was three months old.
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When moving to Arizona they moved to Avondale. When he was six years old he met his good friend Don. The family lived on a little ranch called White Tanks. They had horses, one named Shadow. When we would drive to California our dad would tell us that him and his brother would ride their horses from a small hill to the horse track called Phoenix Trotting Park, so everytime we would drive to California I would image my dad riding his horse when we passed the race track.
He went to Alhambra High School in Phoenix. One year he revisited Alhambra to watch his grandson’s Kyle and Trenton play football against his old alma mater.
I remember dad telling us that him and his family would drive to Globe on main street, which was the only way to get to Globe. The only place on Main street was Southwest Pottery, which I believe is still there today.
Joe joined the Army because he knew he was going to be drafted. One of the letters we read that my dad wrote to his parents said he worked in the supply office. He also told them about riding in helicopters and that he may want to be transferred to a hanger.
He was transferred to a hanger. One year I had to interview someone who was in Vietnam, I of course interviewed my dad. My dad told me about a night that “Charlie” a sniper was shooting at them, so everyone had to take cover in a sacred burial ground because “Charlie” would not shoot at them there. They had to spend the night there until someone was able to take the sniper out.
Joe came home from Vietnam in December 1970 and was honorably discharged from Army reserves April 1st 1974.
Joe met his first wife Anne through a friend, Carol Gibbs. Carol lived next door to Joe’s parents. Anne and Joe dated for a short time, until Joe left for Vietnam. While Joe was in Vietnam, they kept in touch with letters and occasionally through audio tapes they made and mailed to each other. They married shortly after Joe returned home. In January of 1972 after college, Anne found work in Southern California. They moved to California. Boyd was born in October of 1972.
Met and married Sue
This Friday the 15th of February Joe and I would have been married 45 years. Through the good times and rough times Joe never wavered in his love for me. Joe always saw the good and positive in every situation while I would say “what should we do?” Joe would just smile and say calm down it will be ok.
Joe and I had three beautiful daughters, Melissa, Holly and Jaime, who were definitely daddy’s girls.They love him and he loved them back with such devotion. He cared about each one of them with all he had in him.
Now the thrill for us both were our grandchildren.
From the moment Hailey was born at a very early morning hour, we both fell in love with being grandparents. We have a total of ten yes ten. Our grandsons Kyle and Trenton gave him such a thrill when he would watch them play football. His granddaughters Hailey, Julia and Mikayla carried my love of softball into a sport that Joe and I loved to watch and he loved to brag about to whoever would listen and you better had listen.
When Conner was born we were both so overjoyed because he was a long time coming and we affectionately called him our Conner Bonner.
Kaylee was next in line to enter this brood and Joe would respond to her questions with EK, this was so special to her. Now what was to complete our family was the addition of three more special littles ones. The addition to Holly and Chad’s family, Kayden, Christopher and Bella. These three brought continued love and excitement to us because they were so much younger and we could start all over again
Joe was, I thought, very quiet and didn’t talk a lot but when I met his co-workers I found out that was far from the truth. They know all about me when I broke my back and every grandchild's accomplishments. I could go on and on but i think i drew a picture of Joe the husband, father and grandfather that a legacy was written that can never be unwritten because he will never be forgotten.
I love you Joe and like the nickname I had for you when we were first married i will always love Snicker Snacker
Love your wife Sue