John Theodore “Ted” Blixt Jr., 79, of Cleburne passed away Sunday, February 13, 2022 at Texas Health Heart Center in Fort Worth, TX. He was born July 21, 1942 in Niagara Falls, New York to Vivian (Linder) and John T. Blixt Sr. Living in Youngstown, New York he graduated from Lewiston-Porter High School in 1960. After graduation he joined the U.S. Air Force as a “Military Police” Officer and was stationed in Berlin, Germany at Check Point Charlie as the Berlin Wall was being built.
After military duty, he returned to New York working several jobs. Later moving and working as a Quality Control Inspector. He worked and traveled the United States and worldwide. In Indonesia he helped build a power plant by tapping into a volcano for the steam to run the plant. He worked at Comanche Peak in Glen Rose and moved to Cleburne with his late wife Sarah. After retiring and his wife’s passing he worked for K.D’s Land Company as an Inspector.
Ted was a Lifetime Member of Cleburne Elks Lodge #811. He served in all chairs including Exalted Ruler or as he called himself “Exhausted Rooster”. Ted was also a Master Mason (Scottish Rite) of Freemasonry, Fort Worth Chapter and Glen Rose Blue Lodge. He belonged to American Legion (Austin) and AA in Cleburne where he helped change many lives. Ted was a dedicated volunteer at Operation Blessing.
An avid fan of University of Mary Hardin Baylor Crusaders football team. Ted was a season ticket holder who never missed a home game.
Ted is predeceased by his parents and wife Sarah. He is survived by his companion Jane Matthews of Cleburne; sons, Jon T. Blixt, Sr. (Kendra) of Niagara Falls, NY, Joel E. Blixt (Tanya) of Denton, TX; bonus daughter, Toni White (Robby) of Joshua; sisters, Judy Kew of Belfast, NY and Dotty Riordan of Youngstown, NY. Several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special bonus family, Kevin, Linda, Lin and Donna of AA Chinese Buffet in Burleson (his favorite restaurant). Bonus grandchildren, Angela, Rena, Hannah and Bella. All the grandchildren called him “Teddy Bear” which was given to him by bonus granddaughters, Taytem Peterson and Gracie Jane Fuller.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cleburne Elks Lodge, Operation Blessing Cleburne or AA of Cleburne “to help keep the lights on, coffee in the pot and bibles in members hands” as Ted would say.
Service for Ted will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 20, 2022 in the Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel. Visitation will be 1:00 P.M., Sunday, prior to service.