Theodore Zindars

Theodore Zindars

DECATUR – Theodore Ray "Ted" Zindars, 76, of Decatur went to be with the Lord on Tuesday (Jan. 8, 2013) at Amber Glen Alzheimer Special Care Center in Urbana.

Services to celebrate Ted's life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, Decatur. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Amber Glen Alzheimer Special Care Center or the Alzheimer's Association.

Ted was born Aug. 3, 1936, at Mercy Hospital in Urbana, the son of Grant and Virginia (Kampschrader) Zindars. Ted grew up on farms in rural Bondville, Seymour and Champaign.

Being a farm boy, Ted was a member of Frog Pond 4-H Club and showed Berkshire Hogs and Polled Hereford Cattle at the Champaign County Fair and Illinois State Fair. Ted was in Future Farmers of America all four years at Mahomet High School, graduating in 1954.

He then attended the University of Illinois in the College of Agriculture for two years, before becoming a farmer in Champaign and Kankakee counties.

He married Karin (Witts) Fuiten on Nov. 25, 1970, in Decatur, where they made their home. Ted ran the Clark Gas Station when he first came to Decatur, was a carpenter and superintendent for Horve Builders, and owned/operated Zindars' Building Maintenance.

He enjoyed camping, gardening, bowling, dancing and attending state and county fairs.

He leaves behind his wife, Karin; their daughter, Tedra Zindars-Davis and husband Michael of Champaign; stepsons, Kent Fuiten and wife Caryn of Decatur and Kenlie Fuiten and wife Kathie of Decatur; daughter, Jonita Tyme of Streamwood; twin sons, Ted Zindars and wife Kathy of Luck, Wis., and Tom Zindars and wife Jennifer of Dewey; mother, Virginia Zindars of Bondville; sister, Carol Ann Pointer and husband Roger of Champaign; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a niece and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his father and nephew and godson, Scott Pointer.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the nurses and staff at Amber Glen Alzheimer Special Care Center for all of their loving care.

The family of Theodore Ray Zindars is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur. Please view the online obituary, send condolences and share memories at