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Ted McCloskey

Obituary for Ted McCloskey

November 27, 1979 - October 29, 2017
Big Lake, Texas | Age 37


Ted McCloskey was born on November 27, 1979 in Austin, Texas and died October 29, 2017 in the city of his birth. He was the beloved son of Michael H. McCloskey and Rebecca Hornsby and a direct 7th generation descendant of the earliest European settlers, Reuben Hornsby and Michael Ziller, in what would later become Travis County.

Ted's schooldays were spent at Gullett Elementary, Kirby Hall, and McCallum High Schools here in Austin. During his high school years, he worked at Ski Shores restaurant, boating to and from work. Ted and his friends loved swimming, fishing, and tinkering with boat motors. While attending Austin Community College, Ted worked for the Party Boat operating on Lake Austin. He loved and naturally gravitated toward all things mechanical or related to the out of doors and Nature, acquiring and mastering a unique skill set which would later mesh well with his profession as the ranch manager and hunting guide at Twistflower Ranch in Crockett County. For the past twelve years he was integral to the building of the lodge and cabins on the ranch where his welding and construction artistry are evident. Ted was most in his element guiding hunting parties, but he also welcomed bird watchers, Native American historians, nature photographers, and many a guest and friend seeking escape, fellowship, respite, and barbeque. The day to day demands of his job fully and joyfully occupied his time, and he often said how lucky he was to wake up in the beauty of his surroundings. Ted loved his community, friends, and family and derived a deep happiness and sense of place living out his dreams in what was the perfect landscape for him.

Ted is survived by: his parents, Michael H. McCloskey (Donna) and Rebecca Hornsby; his former wife Amy Heil; his brother, Kevin McCloskey (Jennifer), nieces Sabine and Annika McCloskey; step-brother Todd Campbell (Valerie); aunts Melinda Wofford (Marvin), Mary Morris Hornsby, and Claire Ford (Jack); cousins Michael 'Bubba' Hornsby, Dylan Wilson, Rachael Finken, Samuel Wofford, Michael Root, John and Richard Powell; and a large circle of friends and relations. His cousin Truman Hornsby, who was so like him, preceded him in death two years ago. He was also predeceased by grandparents Lonnie and Rosemary Hornsby, Faye and John Peevey, George Raymond McCloskey, Jr., Don and Shirley Brashears, and Uncle Michael Hornsby Sr. Ted would have wanted his dogs, Abby (smartest hunting lab in the world), and Tuffy (110 dog years old) mentioned as well.

Ted was a fine example of living out the Code of the West where you look out for your neighbor and always have his back. He lived and died by this self-sacrificing ethic. Ted, you were a gift and our finest achievement. You were and are loved, and we pray for your joyful reunion with those who loved you first and are now gone.

Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hornsby Cemetery, Webberville Road—F.M. 969—eight miles east of Austin.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Hornsby Cemetery Fund, 5611 State Highway 304, Rosanky, TX 78953; Iraan Volunteer Fire Department, 506 West 6th Street, Iraan, TX 79744; or to the charity or church of one's choice.

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