Estel “Ted” Coulter

Funeral services for ESTEL “TED” COULTER, 84, Lawrence, will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence.  Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.  He died Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Ted was born July 14, 1925 in Waynoka, Oklahoma, the son of Marvin and Lenora (Davison)

He attended school in Waynoka graduating from Waynoka High School in 1943.  He received a bachelor of arts in 1948 from Northwestern Oklahoma State College in Alva, OK.  Ted received a master of science degree in administration in 1953, and a specialist in education degree in 1967 from Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS.

He was in the field of education for fifty-four years as a teacher, coach and reading consultant.  He taught students at the elementary, junior high, high school, junior college and college levels and served as elementary school principal. Some of his research had been presented at National Meetings and published with the National Reading Association. Through the years Ted served as a reading consultant on several Indian reservations in the Northwest and Southwest United States. He retired in 1991 as a teacher and Director of Reading at Haskell Indian Nations University.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  He was past president and member of the KS College Reading Association, Rice County Teachers Association (1953-1954), Rooks County Teachers Association (1952-1953), Coordinator of Sectional meeting of the KS State Teachers in Hutchison, KS (1965-1966).

Ted enjoyed the outdoors, enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as being an avid golfer.  In recent years he organized golf tournaments for golfers 60 years and older.  He had a passion for working with people and organizing events.

He married Shirley Steinle on April 25, 1952 at the Wilson Methodist Church in Wilson, Kansas, she survives of the home.

Other survivors include: one son, Marvin Coulter and wife, Beverley of Crowder, TX; two daughters, Jill Hutchinson and husband, Michael of Kansas City, KS, Sylve Coulter of Topeka, KS; eight grandchildren, Kevin Coulter, Darrell Coulter, Mason Coulter, twins Amanda and Dalton Coulter, Lynnette Berta, Jason Ellison, Nichole Ellison and one great grandson, Anthony Berta.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family suggests memorials in his name to Alzheimer’s Association, Douglas Co. Senior Services or Haskell Indian Nations University Scholarship Fund and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

The family will greet friends from 7-8 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2010 at the Mortuary and will also greet friends an hour before the service at the church on Saturday.

7 Condolences

  1. Jim, Beth, Leland and Grant Freer on June 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Our deepest sympathy.
    We will keep you all in our prayers.
    Beth Heinze Freer and Family

  2. Al and Bonnie Heinze on June 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to all of your family. May God give you all strength and comfort.
    Al and Bonnie Heinze

  3. Val Greenspan on June 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Cousin Shirley and family – Ted was enjoyed for his pleasant manner, and appreciated for so many things including his acceptance of lots of different people, his expertise in education at all levels and variety of interests. He was a friend to all who met him. He influenced others as he used his talents to make the world a better place. He was always interested in what others were doing. He will be missed by friends and family; we will have solace in knowing he happily lived life fully. My sympathy and thoughts are with you. Cousin Val.

  4. Richard and Mary Ann Kieffer on June 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Sorry for your loss. You were our dear neighbor and friend. We will miss you.

  5. Jennifer (Davison) Hathaway on June 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Hi Jill,

    I just wanted to say that I’m very sorry for your loss. I remember your dad as being a really great guy and I know you were very close. I lost my dad earlier this year so I understand what you’re going through. Keep all the many wonderful memories of him close to your heart. Big hugs~ Jen

  6. Craig Fabricius on June 25, 2010 at 12:00 am

    My condolences and deepest sympathies to you and yours in this time of grieving. May God bless and keep you always.

    Sincerely Yours,


  7. Sheri Gunderson on June 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I miss Ted. What a kind man. I’m so glad I was able to visit him every few years on family trips. What a blessing he has been. I am grateful that he and Shirley believed in adoption and enjoyed their children. May God’s comfort be with all the family.

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