Theodore R. KaussApril 8, 1931 ~ December 30, 2017 (age 86)
Theodore R. Kauss
Dr. Theodore R. Kauss, PhD., age 86, passed away peacefully from natural causes on December 30, 2017. Ted was born in Milwaukee, WI on April 8, 1931, to George (Bosco) and Gertrude (Gertie-Steltz) Kauss. He is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 55 years Yvonne Kauss (Ware), brother George, sister Germaine, father-in-law Jerome, mother-in-law Ruth, brother-in-law John Beard, and best friends, Curly Eggleston and Tom Johnson. He is survived by his children; William, Nancy, and Randy Kauss of Centennial, Colorado, and Mary (Robert) Reeves of Plano, Texas, grandchildren; Kerrie (Mark) Sheedy, Roger Kauss, Austin and Michael Reeves, great-granddaughter Charlotte Jane Sheedy. Also, surviving Ted: sister-in-law Nancy Beard, brothers-in-law Robert Ware and Russell Ware, numerous nieces and nephews including Bob and Jim Burlington; Jackie Anderson, Bob, Laura, and Jack Beard; Kenny, Karen, and Lynn Kauss; Anita, Vicki, David, and Robby Ware.
Ted, nicknamed “twinkle toes,” won numerous track and field medals from the state of Wisconsin. He was an all-city tailback at Milwaukee’s Juneau High School and lettered in football, basketball, and track. He played short-center fielder on the Steltz Plumbing Adult Softball team in 1960 when they won the Milwaukee Adult League.
Ted and Vonnie were members of the Methodist Church, and Ted served on numerous boards. Ted was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, and golfing with his friends in Waterford, Wisconsin and at the family cabin at Bass Lake. Ted was a loyal Packer fan but also loved his Denver Broncos!
Ted received a BA from State Teachers College (UW Milwaukee), an MS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Ph.D., from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Subsequently, he was a Senior Consultant, CMP, Chicago, Illinois, Dean and Acting President, Centenary College, Shreveport, Louisiana, Executive Director, Frost Foundation, Denver, Colorado, where he was involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. Lastly, he was the managing partner of TWK Consultants, Inc., Denver and Chicago.
A graveside funeral will be held at Ft. Logan National Cemetery on January 19, 2017, at 10:15 am. The family will host a reception for Ted’s friends and family at Ted and Vonnie’s home immediately following the service. Flowers can be sent to the family or the funeral home. Please send donations to a charity of your choice. Please sign the guestbook.