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Edward Kyler “Ted” Vopat

Larger than life: there is perhaps no better way to describe Edward Kyler Vopat, 36, of Wichita, Kansas, known to most as Ted, Teddy, Tedward, and many other names. Ted died Saturday, June 17, 2017 following a courageous bout with cancer. Ted was born October 4, 1980, in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated in 1999 from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2004 from Bethany College. He married Ashley Martin on November 03, 2012. Ted’s caring, selfless nature led him to start his career in social work where he served his community as a valued member of the Salvation Army, Wichita Children’s Home and the Mid-Kansas Community Action Program. A natural math whiz and avid card player, Ted then took a job at the Kansas Star Casino as a Dealer and Floor Supervisor. His quick wit, sense of humor and gregarious personality ensured that he made friends everywhere he went, so many of whom ranked Ted as their best friend. We will remember him for his smile, his story telling and his karaoke skills, but most of all for his overwhelming generosity of spirit. He enjoyed grilling, card games, college football and all sports. His loyalty to the things and people he loved was unmatched. Ted’s qualities and infectious spirit were apparent from the start, so it is understandable that his wife asked him on their first date “what are you doing for the rest of your life?” The couple has two daughters, Gracie and Bella and one son, Kyler "Kiki", who were Ted’s greatest sources of pride and joy. In addition to his wife and children, Ted is survived by his parents, Frank E. and Barbara Vopat; brother, Frank Vincent (Misty) Vopat; sister, Maria (Matt) Shadid; parents-in-law, Dwayne and Cindi Martin; brother-in-law, Matt (Amy) Martin; aunt/godmother, Joanne Stein; aunt Catherine (John) Braunreiter; niece/goddaughter, Amelia Vopat; nephew/godson, Jack Vopat; numerous cousins, other relatives & friends. A Rosary will be held on Tuesday June 20th at 7 p.m and a Mass in celebration of Ted’s life on Wednesday June 21st , at 10 a.m., both at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the Ted Vopat Childrens’ Education Fund at P.O Box 75321, Wichita, Kansas 67275. Downing & Lahey Mortuary West.


The rosary and funeral for Ted will both be at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.  The rosary will be Tuesday (6/20/17) evening at 7:00pm and the funeral will be Wednesday (6/21/17) at 10:00am


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Ted and Mark

June 19, 2017

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