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Theodore Bayler Jr.

VARNA — Theodore Robert Bayler Jr., 76 years, 5 months and 10 days, of Varna passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018.

He was born May 25, 1942, in Spring Valley to Theodore and Florence Louise (Maass) Bayler. He graduated from Tonica High School in 1960. He married Sherin Bonita Alleman, who was his grade school, middle school and high school sweetheart, on Sept. 3, 1961. He graduated from Illinois State University in 1964, with a degree in mathematics and physical education. He received his Master’s in Education in 1972.

Ted began his teaching career in Athens, Ill., from 1964 to 1967, where he taught mathematics and coached junior varsity basketball, varsity baseball, track and cross country. He moved to Tonica in 1967, where he taught mathematics and coached varsity basketball and baseball until 1974. He then moved to Varna to be an assistant principal, part-time mathematics teacher and athletic director at Mid-County Junior and Senior High School. In 1976, he became principal at Mid-County Junior and Senior High School until he retired in 1994.

Ted was an avid fisherman who enjoyed playing cards, games and chess. He was a St. Louis Cardinals fan. He was also a devoted and loving grandfather. He was a member of Varna United Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer and trustee. He was also president of the Lake Wildwood Association for 12 years. He was president of Tri-County Association and a member of the Illinois Principal Association. For the past few years, he was proprietor and general manager of Ted’s Quarter Store and the Deuce Club, located at Bayler’s Rental outside the main gate at Lake Wildwood.

He is survived by his wife, Sherin; four children, Veronica (Jeff) Kafer, Michael (Beckie) Bayler, Trisha (Paul) LaDogna and Jonathon (Donna) Bayler; 11 grandchildren, Taryn, Matthew, Trevin, Daniel, Sebastian, Tori, Benjamin, Asher, Valen, Jeffrey and Brady; and one sister, Lucille Moore.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Varna United Methodist Church with Cathy Duffy conducting the services. Burial will follow in the Magnolia Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the church and additional visitation will be Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Donations may be directed to the Varna United Methodist Church or Peace Players International.

The Hurst Funeral Home in Tonica is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be viewed and remembrances shared at

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