Theodore John Stetzik

February 28, 1937 - August 26, 2021
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Theodore John Stetzik, age 84, of Tippecanoe, Ohio the champ of champs, passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021, in Akron, Ohio.

He was born on February 28, 1937, in Barberton, Ohio to the late John Stetzik and Olga (Kiriluk) Stetzik.

Early in life, Ted was involved in an accident that resulted in the loss of hi…

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Theodore John Stetzik, age 84, of Tippecanoe, Ohio the champ of champs, passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021, in Akron, Ohio.

He was born on February 28, 1937, in Barberton, Ohio to the late John Stetzik and Olga (Kiriluk) Stetzik.

Early in life, Ted was involved in an accident that resulted in the loss of his right leg. After this brush with death at a young age, Ted was determined to persevere. Nothing could keep him down; nothing would keep him from moving forward. While in high school, he was the captain of the swim team, and became a track star, holding the high-jump record and being inducted into the Coventry High School Hall of Fame. It was here that he met his wife, Grace Prettyman.

This tenacity stayed with him through adulthood as he attended technical school and went on to be an Electronics Technician for GE and Sears until his retirement. He was passionate about mechanics, and he used this to connect with his children and grandchildren, teaching them how to fix things. There is nowhere he’d rather be than teaching a grandchild how something worked, and there is nowhere they would rather be than by his side. He was dedicated to his family, never missing a birthday or anniversary. Ted was compassionate, cared about social issues, and cared deeply about every person he encountered… especially all of his friends of Dr. Bob & Bill W. Ted loved to live.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, Grace (Prettyman)Stetzik,Ted is survived by five children, Ted (Chris Bieker), Tim, Tamara, Tom (Pavana), and Tony (Sue); six grandchildren, Meaghan (Matt DiStefano), Summer, Luke (Meghan), Kyle, Mary (Jared Fischer), and Nick; and a great-grandchild; Natalie Rose Fischer.

In addition to his parents, Ted was preceded in death by his brother, Tony Stetzik.

The family will greet guests on Thursday, September 2, 2021, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia where a service will begin at 7 PM in the funeral home’s chapel.


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Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Born: February 28, 1937
October 11, 2009
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Died: August 26, 2021

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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Sally Peoples posted on 9/6/21

My very deepest sympathy to all of his family and friends.


Kristi posted on 9/4/21

Dear Tammy, I am so sorry about your dad. I know from many times of hearing you talk about your family, how much love is just absolutely there. To you and your family, please accept my sincere sympathy and condolences. Love, Kristi


Shannon Morris posted on 9/2/21

I was also with Ted at the office, I have worked with Dr McKnight for many years and Ted was absolutely one of my favorites. I could not wait for the humor and laughter I knew would happen when he was in. He will be so missed! I did not have the honor of meeting you Grace, but oh how he spoke of you when he came in I know the good times you two must have had! My condolences to you and your family.


Pam and Dan Torson posted on 9/2/21

So very sorry for your loss. Mr. Stetzik was a sweet man, always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. Praying for peace and healing for his family. God bless.


Brent Bauer posted on 9/2/21

I'm so sorry for your loss of a very special and loved family member. I watched the video, how beautiful and what a zest for life that he had here on Earth and such a beautiful soul. Please remember that he's in Heaven now, his real home. You heart felt loss is temporary for you shall see him again. Stay strong and remember that his still lives in your heart with all the beautiful memories that you all have shared. My GOD bless you all and help you through this difficult time. Brent Bauer


Autumn Bearer posted on 9/1/21

I have missed all of the good times of growing up with my boogie partner and my family. It's been many years of seeing each other. I will miss uncle Ted. Prayers to my family, love you all and miss you all very much. God Bless you


Buck and Patty Staire, and family posted on 8/31/21

To the family of my oldest, good, dear and few-remaining childhood friends that I've had in my life. Teddy and I first met and became friends in the mid 1940’s when I moved from Akron to a farm on Barberton’s Eastern Hametown Rd, and Ted moved to his Grandma and Grandpa’s house on the same. Being born only 11 days apart (for the record, I was the elder!) we attended Lockwood and Coventry schools together. I can remember him getting on the school bus with his pant leg pinned to his waist when his leg was away for lengthening or repair (as we were quite rough and tumble kids) . We were separated when Teddy moved back to his mom’s place (at the Lakes) and remained at Coventry, while I went to the newly constructed Turkeyfoot Jr. High School. Some of our childhood adventures included swimming/diving at Clinton Stone quarry. As Ted’s obituary eluded, you could not find a better swimmer, diver or high jumper! Teddy and I spent massive amounts of time tooling around the country-side on our bikes or Whizzers. We even double dated a time or two…remember, Gracie? After I joined the Air Force, we stayed in touch fairly regularly (but less often than I wish we had) – and to this day, I consider Ted one of the best friends any person could ever have. My family was able to meet you both as you were traveling to Washington State. The daughter who helped me write this condolence, remembers that visit fondly and sends her deep gratitude for the selfless service Ted provided to the sick and suffering friends of Bill and Bob. Gracie, our hearts break for you and your tremendous loss of your husband of 65 years. We will keep your family and you in our prayers. We also rejoice in anticipation of the reunion that will take place in God’s perfect time.


Ann Milleson posted on 8/31/21

Dear Grace and family, Ted was always a light in any darkness, he had a quick wit, a smile and a story to tell. A very dear friend to Kinsey and myself, he always took time to visit when he came to Charlie's to get his cut. I cherished those visits. My sincere sympathy, AnnAnn Milleson


David and Gail Kelly posted on 8/31/21

When we moved to Tuscarawas County 20 years ago we were delighted to find fellow Coventry graduates in the area. Grace and Ted Stetzik. Over the years we became good friends. We were so saddened to hear of Ted's passing. Rest in peace Ted.


Don Storad posted on 8/31/21

Grace, please know I am thinking of you! Ted was a good friend and I have a lot of happy memories with you both. May God bless you and grant you his peace during this difficult time. Don Storad


Tim McKnight posted on 8/30/21

So sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. I was with him when he had his first stroke. In true Ted fashion, we were laughing and having the greatest time when the stroke happened. I was so saddened that his voice was silenced. He was one of my favorite patients…always using his humor to make his visits fun. Loved how he called me “Dr T”. ? We always talked about track and his athletic accomplishments. I will miss him! Please accept my deepest sympathies. So sorry I am unable to attend the service. Please know my thoughts are with all of you!?? Tim McKnight, MD


Sharon Haines McCurry posted on 8/30/21

My deepest sympathy to Grace and family My thoughts and prayers are with you


Grace stetzik posted on 8/30/21

Ted, I always felt safe with you. You gave your all for your family. You are an extraordinary grandfather. Thanks for the good times. Love you always, grace


Don. &Carol Heffner posted on 8/30/21

We are so sad over Ted’s passing.He was a really caring husband.father and friend! Prayers from our family to yours!


William LeFever posted on 8/30/21

I will miss Ted. We had some good times together from high school. A very big loss it is for the world we live In.


David & Kathie Shoenfelt posted on 8/30/21

We were delighted and proud to share with Ted in being grandparents to Luke and Kyle. He was a wonderful person.


Casey Boulet posted on 8/29/21

Sending my deepest condolences to the family. It was an honor to call you friend. You have left me with many great memories and life lessons to cherish . Heaven sure has gained one special angle! Your Friend Casey B


Marlin & Barb Lawrence posted on 8/29/21

Tim, we are sorry to hear this. We will be praying for you and your family during this time and are asking the Lord to give you comfort and peace and strength….Isaiah 26:3. Keep trusting, Marlin & Barb Lawrence


Richard A. Lucas posted on 8/29/21

A smile that lit up my world ! The Tiger Woods of orneriness! My brother in arms in good times and bad ! Your running in HEAVEN now brother ! Save me a seat by Bob and Bill, I’ll be along soon enough, luv ya always ?


Joyce Schrickel posted on 8/29/21

Thank you family for your friendship and honor of one another. May God hold you thru this time. Love . Joyce Schrickel


TAMARA STETZIK posted on 8/29/21



Sherry Mills posted on 8/28/21

So sorry for your loss of this wonderful man.


Mina and Jack Rutter posted on 8/28/21

We are Pavana’s aunt and uncle in PA. and are so sorry for your loss. What a remarkable life. Would that all of us could have a tribute like this one. God Bless to all.