In Memory

Theodore S Abbott - Class Of 1938

Theodore S Abbott

Theodore Schwan Abbott, age 83, a former resident of Hudson, Wisconsin, died September 17, 2004 in East Palm Beach, Florida.

He was born in St. Paul, September 22, 1920, the son of Theodore S. Sr. and Dorothy Abbott, and attended schools in St. Paul, Minnesota and South Pasadena, California.

During World War II, from 1940 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a tank commander in the Pacific Theater of War, participating in the battles of the Islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa.  He also participated in the occupation of Kyushu, Japan and from there observed the effects of the dropping of the atom bomb on the city of Nagasaki.  There he was awarded the Purple Heart medal.

On May 18, 1946, he was married in Laguna Beach, California to Maxine Dorothy (Schultz) Luse of Hudson, the daughter of Alfred R. and Helene (Burkhardt) Schultz, and the granddaughter of Christian Burkhardt the founder of the village of Burkhardt.

For two years, 1947 to 1949, he and Vernon Jensen owned and operated a sports business, St. Croix Sport and Marine, at 113 Walnut Street but after two years the business closed.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951 from River Falls State Teachers College (now University of Wisconsin-River Falls) and did additional studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  He taught junior high school in Hudson, and Prescott, Arizona, and was a guidance counselor at several middle schools in Madison.  Later he was a substitute teacher at Minong Northwood High School.

Surviving are three children, Judge Steven L. (Jean) Abbott of Sparta, Barbara (Richard) Deming of Brockport, New York, and Theodore S. Abbott III (Connie Konrad) of Lake Worth, Florida; five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.