John "Jack" Patrick Teiken, age 77 of Brazil, died Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Indianapolis.
He was born March 17, 1929, in Ogema, Minnesota, as the son of Herman and Margaret Jasken Teiken. He joined the U.S. Army and served as a radio operator during the Korean War until his discharge May 31, 1953.
He married Barbara Erickson Sept. 26, 1950. She preceded him in death Oct. 1, 2000.
Jack began his broadcasting career in Oakdale, Louisiana. His career spanned over 40 years with almost half of those years spent in the Wabash Valley. He moved to Terre Haute in 1968 to work at WBOW radio. His was best known by his air name, Bob White. In 1970 he and his wife bought into the local Brazil radio station transforming it into WWCM-AM, the first country music station in the Valley. A few years later he and his partner built WWCM-FM. The stations were sold and Jack moved on to other parts of the U.S. to pursue his broadcasting interests. In 1989 he and his family moved back to the Wabash Valley where he worked at WSDM and MJSH until his retirement from broadcasting. He then started JPT Advertising Agency that he operated until his retirement in 2001.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife; one infant son, Lorene Teiken and one infant daughter, Debra Teiken; four brothers, Vernon, Harold "Bud", Richard "Huntz" and Duane "Dewey" Teiken and one sister, Carol Anderson.
Jack was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Brazil Rotary Club and past president of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.
He is survived by four daughters, Paulette Teiken of Brazil, Lorrie Heber and husband James Thomas of Terre Haute, Andrea Bolin and husband William "Bill" of Garrison, Minnesota, and Mary Brown and husband Chad of Center Point; five sisters, Marie Wambach and husband Wally of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Dalorus "Lolly" Hanowski and husband Doug of Little Falls, Minnesota, Anne Alexander and husband Jack of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Dorothy Bentler of Cushing, Minnesota and Judy Necas and husband Bob of Douglas, Arizona; two brothers, Otto Teiken and wife Harriet of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and Ken Teiken and wife Patsy of Wimberly, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Betty Teiken of Ogema, Minnesota, and Sandra Hilker and husband Marc of Shore View, Minnesota, and one aunt, Minnie Plante of Aztec, New Mexico.
He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Jennifer Craft of Brazil, Eric Teiken of Brazil, Brian, Ashley and Amy Bolin of Garrison, Minnesota, Miki Teiken of Brazil, Courtney and Clay Brown of Center Point and three great grandchildren, Jesse, Justin and Amber Schane of Rockville.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Moore Funeral Home. A rosary service will be conducted at the funeral home at 7 p.m. Sunday.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Annunciation Church in Brazil with Father Steve Jarrell officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Post 2 and VFW Post 1127.
Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Clay County Community Foundation.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.moore-funeral-homes.com to send condolences to the family or for more information.