Ted R. (Theodore) Skelton  Ted R. (Theodore) Skelton, 81, died unexpectedly of a ruptured aorta on Sunday at a Missoula hospital.  His family was with him as he left this earth to be with Jesus.
  A funeral service was held Saturday at New Song Assembly of God Church in Choteau.  Burial followed in Choteau Cemetery.  Pondera Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
  Ted was born in a log cabin to Fred and Nellie Skelton at Moyie Springs, Idaho on January 8, 1926.  He graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1943 and then served in the Army during WWII in Panama.
  When he was 15, Ted started working summers doing farm work for his uncle, Chet Thomas, of Conrad.  After his Army service, he returned to Conrad and started farming on his own.  In 1956, he married Dorothy Wiseman of Choteau.  They lived and worked on their farm south west of Conrad their entire married life.
  In 1982, Ted and Dorothy purchased a Super 8 Motel in Missoula and later built a second motel there.  Every winter, they spent several months in Missoula overseeing the motels.  Ted enjoyed driving the motel shuttle van, running errands, and visiting with the guests.  Many of the motel guests became his friends.
  An avid conservative Republican, Ted was interested in history, politics, and current events.  He loved his country, his friends, and especially his family.  Ted was a kind, generous, honest gentleman with a great sense of humor.  He was full of wisdom and was a mentor to many of his employees, both on the farm and at the motels.
  He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy; daughter, Sonya (John) Quackenbush of Missoula; son, Steve (Alison) Skelton of Conrad; and grandchildren, Cassy and Matt Skelton, Joy, Jeff, and Julie Quackenbush.
  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Community Youth Center at New Song Church, Box 97, Choteau; the Choteau Boys Ranch or a charity of donor’s choice.