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Ted Israel

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
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Born in Red Lodge, Montana, June 22, 1962, to Joe and Nellie Israel, Ted was raised in Joliet, Montana.  While Joe worked seasonally for the Forest Service, the family spent summers in Cooke City/Silvergate and Blanding, Montana.  Ted graduated from Joliet High School, with the honor of “student with the most potential” and attended college at both Montana State University, Bozeman, and University of Montana, Missoula.  He participated in FFA, track, photography, eco-lab, art, and music in High School.  He loved playing the Tuba.Ted was a man of the mountains and loved the forest.  He knew where the mushrooms were and the asparagus, and the huckleberries, and where the fishing was good.  He knew the identity and scientific names of all the local trees and most plants, birds, and insects.  He located and aged the oldest trees in the area, and he kept track of the wildlife activity.If there ever was a brilliant mind, his was one.  Ted did what he loved and did not follow conventional life. He was an avid reader of any subject that would advance his knowledge.  He intensely observed and thus understood the behavior of animals.  His greatest passion was his pet Serama Bantam chickens with which he fascinated children, tourists, and friends.  He loved building birdhouses and put them up wherever he went.  He was an artist and was good on a potter’s wheel.  He loved to share his wisdom of nature with anyone who would listen and spent most evenings in the summer educating tourists in Silvergate, Montana, of the area’s delicate environment.  Animals and children were drawn to him.  He raised swordtail fish in his multiple aquariums.  He was a “seed saver”, shared seedlings, and could grow most anything in his garden.  His home was full of a huge collection of gorgeous African violets and flowering plants.  He grafted trees  and planted tree seedlings of all kinds.  And he loved eating fig newtons. He was especially devoted to his 97-year-old mother, Nellie Israel. Ted passed away suddenly on Aug. 24, 2021, due to a heart attack. Ted is survived by his Mother, Nellie Israel, three sisters and their husbands, Jan Craig (Alan), Penny Keogh (Noel) , and Lucy Israel (Marvin Davis), two nieces, Dr. Cassie Keogh Vanderburg (Kyle), and Kaitlin Keogh Haidle (Ryan), their children Declan and Brynn, and many, many dear friends in both the Joliet and Cooke City areas.  He was preceded in death by his father Joe and brother Roddy.  Private family services will be held.  You may send memorials to an organization of your choice or plant a tree in his memory by check through the US Forest Service “Plant-A-Tree” Program, Stop 1103, 1400 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC 20250-1103 or by internet through alivingtribute.org, and choose Custer-Gallatin National Forest. 

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