Ted Ray Locke passed away peacefully, Friday, January 7, 2022 in Springfield, Colorado surrounded by his loved ones.

Ted was born in Springfield, Colorado in the house right behind Everitt Moore on January 20, 1943, a day so cold that his parents Ted Floyd and Edith (Brown) Locke had horses pull the car just to start the engine.  Growing up, Ted was known affectionately throughout Baca County as “Butch”.  Descended on both sides from homesteaders, Ted was a natural carpenter and builder.  He put himself through architecture school at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. While on a trip to see his parents in Loveland, Colorado, Ted met the love of his life, Holli Hickman of Omaha, Nebraska.  As she walked away from their first meeting, Holli heard a small voice, “you’re going to marry that man.”  Ted and Holli married January 30, 1966 and had two children, Amy Locke and Matthew Locke.

After a short stint living in Boulder and working in Denver, Ted moved the family to Colorado Springs in 1973 and worked for the prominent local architect, Carlisle Guy.  He then opened his own practice in 1977, from which he never retired.  Ted designed his own innovative custom home and with a small crew that included wife Holli, physically built it himself in 1977-1978.  Ted became one of Hilton’s 12 nationally Preferred Architects, designing over 100 hotels and holding licenses in multiple states.  Throughout his career, Ted designed and built commercial and residential projects all over the  country.  Ted was also a general contractor, carpenter, and rancher.  He served his communities throughout his life on several service committees and as a member of the Springfield, Colorado City Council.  His goal in every area of service was to improve the community for present citizens and future generations.

A devout believer, Ted found the Lord in 1986 and was an avid and regular churchgoer, first at Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, and most recently at Springfield Baptist Chapel.  His faith was the central feature of his life, and his love of the Lord was expressed among his last words.  Ted is survived by his wife Holli Locke;  daughter Amy Locke; Amy’s children Jack Krause, Kate (Krause) Ferrell and grandson-in-law Daniel Ferrell; Halie (Krause) Scranton and grandson-in-law Kadin Scranton, and Lily Krause; son Matt Locke; sisters Becky Long, Dena Mohr, and Abbey Mullis; and brother Steve Locke.

Ted loved to work, worship God, travel, explore genealogy, and be with his family.  He was a good, kind and generous man of integrity.  He leaves his family missing him more than would be bearable without the Lord in our lives.

Revelation 21:4

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.  All these things are gone forever.

Psalms 37:18

The days of the blameless are known to the Lord, adn their inheritance will endure forever.

Revelation 22:17

The Spirit and the bride say “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him comes; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.

Psalms 73:24

Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.