THEODORE WILLIAM VORFELDTHEODORE WILLIAM VORFELD 76, of Holualoa, Hawaii, died peacefully at home on August 30, 2014 after a year-long battle with cancer. Born in Waipahu November 15, 1937, Ted graduated from Punahou School in 1955 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Upon graduating, he returned to Hawaii to fulfill a scholarship obligation with the Hawaii Sugar Planters' Association, thus launching a distinguished career in the sugar industry and in engineering throughout the Islands, and founding the well-known local engineering firms Thermal Engineering and Hualalai Engineering. He never truly retired, doing engineering consulting work late into life while managing a mac nut and coffee farm on the beautiful slopes of Hualalai above Kona. He had a lifelong love of the ocean, and especially, fishing. "Live your lives well" was one of his signature pieces of advice to his children. He most certainly lived these words himself. He will always live in our hearts as an extremely kind, intelligent, savvy, generous, gracious and entertaining story- teller who loved and enjoyed his family above all else. He is survived by his wife, Martha Vorfeld; daughter Jan Vorfeld and son-in-law Jim Finn of Mill Valley, CA; son Jeff Vorfeld and daughter-in-law Joanne (Jody) Vorfeld of Albany, OR; step-son, Doug Luce, of Ruckersville, VA; grandchildren Cameron Kurosu, Kirstin Kurosu, James Finn, Kate Finn, Natalie Luce and Christina Vorfeld; and numerous extended family both in the Islands and on the mainland. A private memorial celebration will be held Sunday, October 26, 2014 at home in Holualoa. In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to the American Cancer Society (58 Kino`ole Street, Ste. 104 Hilo, Hawaii 96720) or to the charity of your choice.
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