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Ted H. VanValkenburg

September 25, 1948 — June 5, 2024


Ted H. VanValkenburg

Ted H. VanValkenburg

Ted was born on September 25th, 1948 in Warsaw, New York to Howard C. VanValkenburg and Berneida M. (Waite) VanValkenburg.  Ted passed peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on June 5th, 2024 at the age of 75.


Ted was a man of immense compassion and pride, cherishing the moments spent with his loved ones most.  His passion for farming, tractor pulling, raising prized beef cattle, collecting Allis Chalmers, and his unwavering spirit and humor will forever be remembered.


In addition to being a lifelong farmer and truck driver, Ted was also an active member of the community and served in the following roles: Deacon and Trustee at the First Congregational Church of Perry Center, 4-H club leader, and volunteer fireman for the Perry Center Fire Department.  He also proudly co-organized the annual Tractor Drive around Silver Lake and was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Upper Midwest Allis Chalmers Club.

Ted has forever been a much beloved father to his children Kimberly (Wesley Jr. “Billy”) Wolcott, Eric (Kristin) VanValkenburg, Hans VanValkenburg, and Carrie (Brian) Kehoe; dear grandpa to Matthew (Jill) Francis, Jessica (Patrick Murphy) Francis, Joshua Wolcott, Wesley III “Billy” (Colleen Hayes) Wolcott, Hollow Van Valkenburg, and Merit Kehoe; Great Grandpa to Cooper and Connor Francis. 


Always very close to family, Ted loved his siblings dearly and appreciated their support in all his endeavors.  Sister, Mary Jane Celeste, brother Wayne “John” (Nancy) VanValkenburg, sisters Linda Ridall, Leoti (Don) Cudney, and Wendy (Brian) Moran.  

Ted is preceded in passing by his parents Howard and Berneida Van Valkenburg, brothers Howard Jr (Marilyn) VanValkenburg and Ronald “Pete” VanValkenburg, and sister Lyla (Doug) Slocum.

At his request, there will be no formal services. Please join us for Celebration of Love and Life at “The Farm,” 6229 Route 20A, Warsaw, New York Saturday, June 29th from 1pm to 4pm.

He will be greatly missed. 


Donations gratefully accepted by:

4-H – attention: Ted VanValkenburg Memorial Fund

First Congregational Church of Perry Center

Perry Center Fire Department

Suzanne’s Home & Comfort Care

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