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Irwin, Richard Duke  ( Born January 25, 1933)  1960-1983  ( Died October 6, 2008 )
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Teddy (Ted) Itzen  Heaven looked sweeter as Teddy (Ted) Doyle Itzen, age 72, left us today, October 12, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. Ted came into our lives bringing with him a sense of humor like no other, and an adventurous spirit. He completed our family. Ted was born September 23, 1939. During the course of his life he was involved in many different occupations. A man of many talents, he worked on a farm until he became of age to join the Navy where he spent 4 yrs. He retired as Senior Capt. with 25 years of service with The Houston Fire Dept. He and his wife Paula built and successfully ran 4 restaurants. They also constructed and remodeled several houses. For a number of years, he was involved in The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He later got involved with private investigations and process serving. He played golf, loved to fish and hunt, and an avid card and domino player and in his last years enjoyed watching the red birds. Ted was preceded in death by his father, Charles (Chuck); mother, Stella; sister, Jackie. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Paula; son Kenneth & wife Sharon; daughter, Jeannie & fiancÚ Adam; brother; Charles & wife Martha; sisters, Barbara & husband Jerry, Sammie & husband James; grandchildren, Heather & Hunter; adopted grandson, Erick; special friends, Becky & Robert; 14 nieces & nephews; many in-laws that loved him. He was an adored husband and father. Ted cut a path thru this life and our hearts and he will be sorely missed by all of us. We would like to thank the staff at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Donations can be made to MD Anderson, Vitas hospice, or Grace Missionary Baptist Church. Honorary Pallbearers: Hunter Itzen & Erick Garcia. Active Pallbearers: Lynn Moore, Kyle Itzen, Walter Jones, Anson Jones, Paul Causey, Daniel Merryman. The family will receive friends from 5-8PM on Friday, October 14, 2011. Funeral Services will be held at 3PM on Saturday, October 15, 2011. Services will be held at Brookside Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Brookside Memorial Park.


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