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Theodore C. ‘Teddy’ Howard

Published: Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Theodore C. "Teddy" Howard

DIXON – Theodore Constantine “Teddy” Howard, 27, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at KSB Hospital in Dixon.

Teddy was born Oct. 23, 1986, in Phoenix, the son of James Vassilopoulous and Shirley Howard. Teddy was one of a kind, and was loved dearly by his family and friends. He was passionate about sports, music, movies, and gaming. Like most of his family, he was a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, and spent his Sundays with his family watching football, with no exceptions. Teddy would often gather with his friends in the area and spend hours playing Magic: the Gathering, and enjoying their company and laughs. Teddy loved to listen to music and was an amateur bass guitar player. As an avid video game player, he would always be first in line to buy the newest game. Teddy, despite fighting a mental illness in his later years, was a kind and compassionate person, always eager to lend an ear or a hand to a person in need. He was loved by many, but no bonds were clearer than the ones he shared with his brother, Nick, and his nephew, Josh. Together, they would spend hours playing video games and watching WWE Wresting. Teddy will be missed by his family and friends, but no one will mourn his passing more than his brother, Nick, his sister, Misty, and his mother, Shirley. 

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Shirley and Robert Bender of Dixon; two sisters, Armista (Michael) Tantarelli of Sacramento, California, and Demetra Vassilopoulous of Knoxville, Tennessee; two brothers, Nickolas Howard of Dixon and George Vassilopoulous of Denver; three uncles, Scott (Cassandra) Howard, Samuel (Debbie) Howard, and Michael (Anisa) Howard, one aunt, Maxine (Gary) Geibelstein, one nephew, Josh Hanks, and 11 cousins, Shane (Stephanie) Howard, Mitchell (Jessica) Howard, Danielle Foreman, Matthew Lazaro, Billy Foreman, Raymond Howard, Michael Howard, Joey Howard, Jacob Adams, Rilee Foreman, and Troy Howard, all of Sacramento.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Vassilopoulous; and his maternal grandparents, Billy “Butch” and Josephine Howard.

There will be no visitation. A celebration of Teddy’s life will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the picnic shelter at Page Park in Dixon. Cremation rites will be accorded. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.

A memorial has been established.

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