Ted Adkins


Ted Adkins, 82, of Mountain View, Wyoming passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Evanston Regional Hospital, following a brief Illness.

Theodore Thomas (Ted) Adkins was born on May 14, 1939, in Coalgate, Oklahoma, to John Lee Adkins and Ruby (Woodell) Adkins.  Ted was the youngest of their six children. 

Ted graduated from Paoli High School in Paoli, Oklahoma, and then later joined and was proud to serve in the United States Airforce from 1959 to 1965. 

Ted married Jerri Jacobsen in Evanston on December 21, 1974. They made their home in Evanston while Ted worked and drove truck for various businesses. They moved to Mountain View in 1980. Ted was employed by Church & Dwight Company in industrial maintenance and retired after 23 years of employment.  Ted then started his own welding and fabrication business, Adkins Service. He could design and building anything!

Ted enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating and everything to do outdoors with his family and friends. Ted loved to paint, play the guitar and sing. He also loved to spin yarns and tall tales over a cold beer!

Ted was a member of the Fort Bridger American Legion Post 36 for 37 continuous years. He served as Department of Wyoming Commander from 2000-2001 and other offices, committees, and chairmanships at the post, district, state and national levels. He was also a former member of the Mountain View Fire Department.

Ted is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard and Lin (Jan) Adkins; sisters, Helen (Junior) Byrd and Irene Adkins; sister-in-law, Elzada Adkins; one son, Todd Adkins; as well as many aunts, uncles and extended family. 

He is survived by his wife, Jerri; brother, Dugan; daughter, Kim (Kyle) Gray; sons from a previous marriage, Tom Keen and Ted Adkins; grandsons, Zachary Gray, J.T. Gray and Seth (Aubrey) Gray; granddaughters, Miranda Keen, Laken Dobell and Haley Mahan; great-granddaughters, Adeline Joy Gray and Leila Jane Gray; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec, 6, at Fort Bridger American Legion Post 36, followed by a luncheon.      

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