Theodore Donald Percell, 94, of Lebanon, died Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Lebanon, from complications of Influenza B.

He was born Jan. 27, 1923, in Spokane, Wash. to Theodore Edward Percell and Viola Hood Percell and grew to manhood on a ranch near St. Paul, Neb. He lived a long full life.

Theodore Donald Percell was preceded in death by his wife, Etta Goos Percell in 2014; by a daughter, Donna Percell Wellman, and two sisters, May and Joyce, and a brother, Mel.

He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and served in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he worked on several Nebraska Sand Hills cattle ranches as a cowboy and ranch hand. He then worked in a detective agency, and near the end of his work life, ran a dry cleaner.

His friends called him Ted, and to family he was known as Don. Christ was his acknowledged Savior from a young age and he grew in wisdom throughout his life. He was a member of The Assemblies of God Church where he was involved in Prime Timers. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and was an ardent student of history and geography.

Survivors include his brother, Junior; a son, Denis, eight grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A visitation for Theodore Donald Percell will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave., in Topeka, Kan. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Mount Hope Cemetery and Funeral Chapel, 4700 SW 17th Street in Topeka, Kan.

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