Walter "Ted" Halm, 76, of Iowa City passed away at The Bird House Hospice Home of Johnson County on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at 10 a.m. by Rev. Gary Beckman. The family will greet friends Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Lensing Funeral Home in Iowa City.
A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Private burial services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Regina Foundation, The Bird House Hospice Home of Johnson County and Iowa City Hospice.
Ted was born in Ottawa, Ill., on Sept. 9, 1941, to Walter and Dorothy (Zeller) Halm. He grew up in Ottawa and graduated from Marquette High School. He received his bachelor's degree from St. Ambrose University, and his master's degree and educational specialist degree from the University of Iowa. Ted married Barbara Novotny in Iowa City on Aug. 22, 1964. Ted and Barb moved to Iowa City in 1967.
Ted valued his free time, especially if it was spent outdoors, doing what he loved most spending time with his family, golfing, fishing, camping, hunting, bowling, educating, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and, most of all, biking. He participated in many RAGBRAIs. In 1995, Ted and Barb took an adventure of a lifetime together and rode in the Iowa 150 ride across the United States.
He worked for the Iowa City Community School District for 36 years working with elementary students as a guidance counselor and then for junior high students as an assistant principal. Prior to his retirement in 1999, Ted served as the principal of the alternative high school.
Ted was an avid Hawkeye football and wrestling fan and had many good times while attending these events.
Ted cherished his family and was so very proud of his grandchildren. He will be missed by many.
Ted is survived by his wife, Barb; children, Becky (Dan) Briese of River Falls, Wis., Brenda (Dave) McVay of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Brian (Wendy) Halm of Wauwatosa, Wis.; sister, Mary Lou (Jim) Vandevender of Cedar Rapids; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Halm of Cedar Rapids; and six grandchildren, Jackie and Nathan McVay, Jack and Eddy Halm and Jane and Lars Briese.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Peter.