Theodore C. "Ted" Dora, 90, of Shelbyville, passed away shortly after sunrise on Saturday, January 28, 2023, on his birthday, with his family by his bedside.
Born January 28, 1933 in Greenfield, he was the son of Dewey E. Dora and Hazel D. (Smith) Dora. He married Ruth (McDaniel) Dora on May 19, 1956 and she preceded him on March 4, 2001.
Survivors include a son Rex Dora (wife Suzanne) of Hope, daughter Kala Paxton of Shelbyville, adopted daughter Carol Taylor of Waldron; sister Bonnie Capshaw (husband Randy) of Indianapolis;
several nieces and nephews; 9 grandchildren- Brittany Thomas, Teah Jacobs, Noah Britt, Bailey Britt, Bobbie Hughett, Tina Gray, Charlie Petro, Nathan Slack, and Tawnee Mellentine, whose special bond helped care for and support Ted in the last years of his life. He is also survived by 7 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his spouse, daughter Pennie Sue Dora, 2 sons Mark Dora and Michael Dora, granddaughter Mia Dora, 3 brothers- Jimmy, Dewey, & Phillip Dora, 2 sisters- Loretta Spencer, and Lucille Cropper.
Mr. Dora had lived in this area for most of his lifetime, and had been in maintenance at KCL Corp., retiring after 40 years of service. He then became a driver/carpenter for the Amish Community for 15 years. He was a long time member of Shelbyville Kingdom Hall, where he enjoyed Bible Studies, and spreading the Word of God. Ted enjoyed working on cars and engines, gardening, raising Angelfish, studying his Bible, and tinkering around his garage with anything and everything, including his home made foundry. Even as Ted's health began to decline, he always had a smile on his face, and a kind word for everyone. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help a less fortunate person.
Funeral services will be 1:00 pm on Friday, February 3, 2023 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with burial in Bennett Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday morning from 11:00 am until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions can be made to Shelby County Cancer Association, American Heat Association, or the American Kidney Fund, in care of the funeral home.