“Ted” was born September 15, 1961 in Elmhurst to the late Robert and Helen Krone. From his family’s home in Elmhurst, Ted would watch the flights from O’Hare takeoff overhead which inspired him to earn his private pilot’s license at 18. Following graduation from York High School, Ted attended Lewis University where he earned his A&P licenses. In July 1986 Ted joined United Airlines as a mechanic where he worked until his retirement earlier this year.
Ted had the most impeccable standards for airline safety and took pride in a job well done. He enjoyed sharing his passion for aviation and organized several Scouting tours through the United hangars. Ted’s greatest joy was being a dad to his daughters, Camille and Vivian. Because of them he was known to meet groups of adoptive families on the United jetway when they arrived in the States from China. Among his friends and colleagues, Ted was known as a kind, gentle giant with a heart of gold. He was a mentor to many he worked with and was a calm, steady influence to those he loved.
Ted is survived by his wife of 35 years, Deborah nee Chiricotti, daughters Camille and Vivian, brother Robert Krone (Joan Blumenfeld), sister Jeannene Krone (Paul Sammak), sister Camilla Krone, sister Louise Massa (Chris), sister-in-law Michelle LaRusso (Jason), sister-in-law Julie Nolte (John), Aunt Karen and Uncle John Kutz and cousins Ken (Gerry), Kevin (Karen) and Karl Kutz.
Ted had many nieces and nephews. Marco Oryx, Rebecca Sammak, Robert Krone (Niri), the late Alexander Sammak, Max Krone, Steven Massa, Emily Massa, twins Jason and Jordan Nolte, Lauren Massa, and twins Estie and Fiona Krone.
Ted enjoyed life’s simple pleasures, good ice cream, a Hershey’s chocolate bar, Coca-Cola and the comfort of a well-worn pair of OshKosh overalls. If he wasn’t at the airport, he loved to be at home, tinkering in his garage with one of his many old cars.
Because of travel and large gathering restrictions due to the current global pandemic, Ted’s family will hold a Celebration of Life in 2021 when we can gather safely. Please check back to this website for updates: www.steuerlefh.com
In lieu of Flowers memorials to the Zero Prostate Cancer at www.zerocancer.org appreciated.
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