Obituary - Teodor (Ted) Horbyk


Teodor (Ted) Horbyk was born October 27, 1923 in the vicinity of Melitopil, Ukraine. He passed away August 18, 2019 due to complications of leukemia and dementia in Houston, Mo.
Ted was preceded by death by his parents; and most of his brothers, and sisters. He is survived by his wife Larisa; daughters, Elizabeth Gerleve and Margareth Farmer of Springfield, Mo., Teresa Thompson (Keith) of Ash Grove, Kathy Bourgouis of Waynesville, Amy Horbyk of Ellis Prairie and Robert Horbyk of Houston. He also is survived by six grandchildren, Lori (Kevin) Jacobson, Ryan (Jill) Farmer, Cole Farmer, Kyle (Danielle) Horbyk, Kristopher (Sarah) Horbyk, and Ellissa Horbyk. In addition he has four great-grandchildren, Kanon Jacobson, William, and Zac Farmer and Kadyn Horbyk.
Ted grew up in the Melitopil vicinity till Nazi Germany invaded the Ukraine. He fled the invasion by train but was captured by the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait. There he was taken to Germany where he was detained and made a working prisoner. His order to stay alive was to feed and take care of horses which were used to pull artillery guns or transport German officers. Ted survived the Nazi detainment through the war and found himself in Munich Germany a free man as the war ended.
At this time he decided against going back to the Ukraine because of the devastation caused by Russian and the German bombardments. He enrolled in a college in Munich and was attending courses to be a veterinarian. His dream of being a veterinarian was short lived due to General Macarthur walking through the campus and declaring it an American installation.
Throughout the period of college and living in Munich, Ted met his wife to be Larisa. They were married in 1950. Still having reservations about going back to Ukraine, he and Larisa were able to find a sponsor in America. They boarded a ship and settled in Silver City, New Mexico where Elizabeth was born. Ted and Larisa both worked on a large ranch where they fulfilled their sponsorship requirements. At that time they moved to Chicago Ill., where Ted worked for the Campbell Soup Corporation. While living there Margareth was born. After saving money, the family of four moved to Ellis Prairie, Mo., near Blue Hole on Piney River. This was where Kathy was born. Ted was always looking for new adventures, so he moved the family of five to a farm in Licking where Robert and Teresa were born. Finally in 1969 Ted found the farm of his dreams back in Ellis Prairie where he never wanted to move again. This was where Amy was born. 
During the time in Missouri, Ted worked for the Commissary in Fort Leonard Wood until he found the job that would take him to retirement. He was a worker, then foreman at the George O. White State Forest Nursery. There he worked till 1985. At that time he wanted more time to raise cattle, quail and timber so he retired from the Missouri Dept. of Conservation. Ted got to enjoy retirement for 34 years.
Ted loved to work on the farm, walk through cattle herds, talk to his quail chicks and enjoyed walking through timber stands. When he was not working, he loved to read, look at geography books and talk politics. Prior to developing dementia he enjoyed his grandchildren when they came to visit. He was a conservationist at heart and wanted to improve the landscape and wildlife habitat.
Ted was a stern father always demanding his children to be their best, do their best, and never be afraid of working for what you want. Ted with the help of his wife Larisa succeeded in carrying out the American dream where, when done right, anything can be accomplished. Ted’s perseverance and never giving up attitude will be forever remembered by the people who knew him.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www.evansfh.com. 
A Memorial Visitation will be held Friday September 6, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home. Per his wishes, he was cremated under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.      

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