Obituary: Ted Lyke

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Ted Lyke

Ted Lyke

Nov. 5, 1950 ~ Nov. 4, 2019

My father-in-law and love, Ted Lyke, came to Colorado this fall as he did every year to visit his beloved daughter and grandkids and spend time with me chasing elk in the woods. Only this year was different, after 18 months battling pancreatic cancer, it would be his last. In late September, my son Jonan and I enjoyed a wonderful day hunting and fishing one more time with “Poppy” before later that week seeing him taken by EMT to Pioneers where he would spend his final days. The care, patience and compassion shown to him during his time at Pioneers Medical Center was an absolute blessing to our family! We are extremely grateful to the entire team that went above and beyond to ensure Ted was consistently treated with great dignity and mercy. 

Ted went to his eternal home on Nov. 4, one day shy of his 69th birthday. He loved hunting and fishing, telling stories, and spending time with family; but most of all he lived to preach the good news of the gospel of Jesus to any and all. He travelled the world as a missionary and was particularly involved in Haiti and Africa. As a family we are confident that he stepped into eternity hearing the words “well done good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your master.” It is comforting to know he is no longer suffering; but his laughter, stories, wisdom and mentorship will be missed by many who knew him well.

We want to thank all of our Meeker Assembly church family who have prayed for us, cooked meals, visited Ted and supported us as a family over the last several weeks. We love you guys! To the EMTs, techs, nurses, doctors, etc. that were involved with caring for Ted, you guys are amazing and we are so blessed to have such incredible service oriented individuals and resources in our community. Ted is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Content and family (Meeker, Colorado), daughter Charity and family (Fort Myers, Florida), and son David and family (Sequim, Washington). A memorial service will be planned in January at Life Church Fort Myers to celebrate Ted’s life.

~Sean VonRoenn and Family


  1. Ted was the older brother by Christ Jesus Our Lord and Savior. I will dearly miss our long conversations via phone chats over the years. Both of us having the gift of gab, like passion and story telling, it was truly iron sharpening the iron with inspiration and humor! I could never match Ted’s quick wit! A friend of Jesus to every stranger is how I will forever remember him. A man to be honored and his stories to be retold.

  2. In all the world I’ve never known anyone to witness for Christ like Ted. He had an entire church within him and it poured forth from the warmth of his Spirit. His knowledge of the Word was broad and he brought it into conversation helpfully. I also worked with him in the 1980’s and 90’s in Denver, Colorado. Ted was a natural salesman and mentor of his young sales force, and built up what became Popp Telcom into a client base of hundreds through his leadership. I’ve never known a better man than Ted. When I get to the gates of heaven, I’m going to say “I’m with the Big Guy!” You couldn’t have a finer friend. Thank you, Ted. God be with you.

  3. Ted and I became good friends several years ago in Florida. We would invite he and Nancy to our Hangar Karaoke Parties……and Ted would always sing and have a great time. I was the chief pilot for a Citation III at the time when we met. I was able to take Ted and Nancy plus Rudy and Judy and My wife on a mission from Orlando to Fort Myers…..returning the airplane to our base after major maintenance due. Rudy was a B-17 Pilot who became a prisoner of war….for 610 days in the same camp that the movie The Great Escape was made about. I think Ted thoroughly enjoyed the flight and time spent with Rudy. Rudy went home to be with the Lord i n 2013. We are going to miss Ted…..he was a a lot of fun to be around.

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