Theodore "Ted" William Gebhardt

December 21, 1962March 18, 2014
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Theodore “Ted” William Gebhardt, age 51, of Dunlap, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Metamora.

Ted was born on December 21, 1962 in Peoria to Richard Lawrence and Sandra Lee (Herman) Gebhardt.He married Carol Rae Walker on September 3, 2011.

Ted is survived by his wife, Carol, of Dunlap, IL; his son, Brock Gebhardt of Springfield, IL; his daughter, Samantha Gebhardt of Dunlap, IL; his step-children, Eddie Elson of East Peoria, IL, Brian Wikoff of West Peoria, IL and Troy Wikoff of Dunlap, IL; his step-grandchild, Anthony Elson; his parents; two brothers, Rick (Maritza) Gebhardt of Dunlap, IL and Randy Gebhardt of East Moline, IL; his sister, Jill (Joel) Dryden of Peoria, IL; and seven nieces and nephews, Meghan Dryden, Micah Dryden, Matthew Dryden, Cassie Gebhardt, Dane Gebhardt, Rachelle Mewshaw, and Katarina Gebhardt. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his aunt, Margie Strand.

Ted graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign in 1985. He also received his law degree from the U of I. Ted was admitted to the IL Bar Association and practiced law for several years.He was the Operations Director for Central Pool Supply/Pride Manufacturing. He was a member of the TKE fraternity and was a big supporter of the Downs Syndrome Organization, the South Side Mission and of the Washburn Community.He also attended Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 12 noon at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria.Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the funeral home beginning at 10am. Pastor Joel Dryden will be officiating. Memorials may be made to the South Side Mission.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 22, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 22, 2014

Theodore "Ted" William Gebhardt

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wendy hanssen

July 13, 2014

My heart is so sorry for the Gebhardt family. Ted was in my life for a short time and was the sweetest Man to me and Deann. He is irreplaceable.

Dawn Bradley

May 5, 2014

It is hard to express the shock and sorrow I felt on recently learning of Ted's passing. So many great memories of good times in law school. I will never forget his kind heart, amusing antics, and generous spirit. It's impossible to imagine the world without "The Mighty Tedster." Fair winds, dear friend.

Kelly Hopp

May 2, 2014

I am sad to hear of Ted's passing. As Tony commented, it was Ted who convinced me to date Tony. We had fabulous times while in law school. Our first year, Ted broke the tension before our first exam by standing in front of our class and hilariously imitating our professors. He always treated everyone with compassion and had the gift of making you laugh and feel good about yourself. Ted has a kind soul and I'm sure God welcomed him with open arms! Please accept my sincere condolences and know that we remembered him to our family at dinner tonight as well as praying for his soul and his entire family.

Tony Hopp

May 1, 2014

I am so, so sorry to hear of Ted's passing. He was a great man with a kind heart. We had so much fun in law school. He's the one who brought my wife and I together. I will miss his phone calls. He always had me in stiches.

jim hackman

April 12, 2014

Sorry to hear of
Teds passing he is the first freind i ever had as a child growing up in the neighbohood 45 years ago. rest in peace friend

Damian Hackman

April 7, 2014

Sorry for your loss Gebhardt family. I remember ted and james were close friends when they were young. They were kind and gentle boys. Ted seemed to be the apple of Sandy's eye.Ted grew up to be a handsome dude that had the women lookin.I only remember good things said about him.He and James never even got chased off the Krossies land.He is truly a great loss.

Sandi Lampe/Burroughs

April 4, 2014

Dick/Sandy -

Just recently heard of Ted's passing. We certainly are not supposed to bury our children. Please know that you are in my prayers - may God's love get you through this most difficult time. I will continue to pray for your entire family as you go through this grieving process. May fond memories eventually heal your heart. God bless!

Vincent Stigler

April 1, 2014

I am very sorry to hear of Ted's passing. He was the funniest man I knew, yet he was balanced by great brilliance as well. I was fortunate to have met Ted at U of I and we had a great friendship. I missed seeing him after college but he always remained as one of my favorite people.

Carol Gebhardt

April 1, 2014

Thank you everyone for your condolences, Ted was a wonderful husband, father and friend to everyone. He truly had a heart of gold and was a wonderful provider for everyone he loved. All he ever wanted was to be loved and accepted for who he was. He is now at piece and with GOD and he will forever be in my heart.

Jim @ Liz Rogers

March 30, 2014

So sorry to hear of Ted's passing, a wonderful sweet man we could always turn to for advise. We worked for him in Washburn/La Rose during his busy time of the pool season, he will be greatly missed, our thoughts and prayers are with all of his family at this sad time.