Obituary of Theodore (Ted) Rodney Banks |

Obituary of Theodore (Ted) Rodney Banks

Theodore (Ted) Rodney Banks lost his battle with cancer on Oct. 4, 2015.

He was born July 27, 1929 in Riverside, California. Southern California was his home until the year 2000 when he made his home in Nevada City. He loved living in the Nevada County foothills.

Soon after his Los Angeles high school graduation, he joined the Merchant Marines for a short stint. He then attended West Point. After West Point, he flew a P-51 Mustang in the Korean War. His plane was shot down in Korean enemy territory.

Ted made his way to the allies after numerous weeks enduring bitter cold hunger, hiding and using his survival skills. He was awarded a Bronze Medal.

After discharge from the Armed Services he attended University of Southern California. on the G.I. Bill earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mechanical Engineering was his life’s work. Flying his plane, enjoying his children and friends were his life’s pleasures.

He is survived by his two daughters, Adrienne Banks and Sharon Banks Asplund; one son Martin Banks; three grandsons; and his companion of 15-plus years, Jo De Soto.

Ted was preceded in death by his mother and father; his four brothers; and one sister.

The loss of Ted Banks has put a big hole in the lives of those of us who knew and loved him.

Honoring Ted’s wishes, there will be no memorial service.

Our thanks to the Hospice of the Foothills for their very kind and compassionate support during the short time he was in their care.

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