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Theodore Brubaker

Posted September 04, 2014 in Des Moines West, Obituaries

September 15, 1929 – September 3, 2014

Ted Brubaker

Ted Brubaker

Theodore Phillip Brubaker entered this life on September 15, 1929 and passed from it on September 3, 2014. In that span of time he lived a full, creative and thoughtful life. Born to Theodore Frank and Mila Bell Brubaker, Ted shared a fulfilling childhood in Highland Park with stepsisters Ruth Gustafson and Jean Chenowith. After graduating from North High School, Ted served oversees in the U.S. Army Signal Corp during the Korean War. Later he attended Drake University and received BFA and MFA degrees in Studio Art. His final art project was featured in Better Homes & Gardens magazine. While at Drake he met and married Mary Clark and they had a son Theodore John.

For over three decades Ted was the Art Director at WOI TV in Ames and was pivotal in the station’s transition to computer aided design. His avocations included fine woodworking, photography, art collecting, and honing all the skills necessary for restoring a century old home in the Ingersoll Park neighborhood. As a volunteer for the Drama Workshop he designed its logo and sets and props for many productions that also included his family members as actors, directors and producers.

Ted’s artistic sensibilities were perhaps most beautifully expressed through his fine woodworking skills that took form in furniture, inventive household tools, whimsical toys and elegant works of art. He enjoyed teaching and sharing those skills with his son. Throughout his life Ted felt a kinship with the creatures that inhabited his yard and faithfully fed countless generations of birds, squirrels, deer and one year, a pheasant! He also enjoyed his companionable pet cats and dog. Ted was also grateful for the children in his life and was instrumental in the lives of many, including his grandnieces Caroline and Emily. Despite failing health he remained insightful, sociable and always welcoming to family, friends and neighbors. For decades the Brubaker household was host to foreign artists, actors, exchange students, neighbors and friends for holiday dinners and weekly gatherings for spirited and inspiring conversations – always with Ted at the head of the table.

Ted is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Ted (Gale); sister, Ruth Gustafson; sisters-in-law, Marjory Barnes and Nan Stillians; nieces; nephews and many close in-laws.

A service to celebrate Ted’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 15, 2014 at Iles Dunn’s Chapel.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Senior Life Center for their compassionate and skillful care of Ted. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Animal Rescue League or Animal Lifeline, in support of the cats and dogs that Ted enjoyed and cared for.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Dunn’s Chapel
2121 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

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