Theodore
Preceded in death by parents, Pauline and Frank Heath. Survived by wife, Linda C. Heath; son, Greg T. Heath (Kelly); daughter, Karen A. Mullin (Andy); four grandchildren: Myles and Emelia Mullin, Bennett and Wyatt Heath.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 16th from 6pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES: Thursday, October 17th at 11am at the West Center Chapel. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society; Open Door Mission; and Larry Bruno Foundation at Carnegie Free Library, 1301 7th Ave. in Beaver Falls, PA 15010.

Ted Heath was the only child of Frank and Pauline Heath, born in the steel town of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He grew up there, delivering papers from the age of 8 until the age of 18. At Beaver Falls High School, he began playing football and excelled at it. Larry Bruno was his high school head coach and became a role model for Ted's future endeavors. In his senior year he was selected to play in the Penn-Ohio All Star Game; he was the only lineman to start both ways for the Pennsylvania team. After graduation he was headed West, accepting a football scholarship to Western Colorado State University. He started as a two-way lineman for his last three years in college. Ted worked as a graduate assistant coach at Western Colorado for a year before heading to Boise, Idaho to be the head football coach at Capitol High School. This began a lifelong passion for coaching that carried him through the next 52 years. This career in coaching took him to Centerville Junior College in Centerville, Iowa, Kansas State University, University of Louisville, Tulane University, The Ottawa Roughriders of the CFL, The Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the CFL, The New Orleans Knights of the AFL, University of Central Florida, and Temple University.
In 1976 Ted started his family by marrying his love, Linda. They welcomed two children, Greg and Karen, while living in Louisville. The family was now on this journey and moved around two countries on the heels of a career in football. After the 1998 season Ted and Linda relocated to Ottumwa, Iowa and he returned to teaching and coaching. He was at Ottumwa High School both as coach and math teacher and was asked to coach the New York Dragons of the AFL. He split time between Ottumwa and New York for a few seasons. They enjoyed their time in Iowa until he and Linda both retired and moved to Omaha, Nebraska. He took on a coaching role at Iowa Western Community College and ended his coaching career with the 2017 season.
Ted was a man who had great impact on those he was around. He had an infectious energy and enthusiasm that was felt by his family, friends and football teams. He became a role model for many as a coach and leader. "Coach Dub" was beloved by his players and fellow coaches over many years and teams. His family will miss the love he gave. He is survived by wife Linda, son Greg (wife Kelly), daughter Karen (husband Andy) and grandchildren Myles, Benny, Emmy and Wyatt.
Published on October 16, 2019

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Rich Reed and fellow Capital High School player students
Nov 10, 2019
Coach Heath was a great mentor both as a teacher and coach. He also introduced the “Hamburger Drill” to rebounding practice in basketball as our junior varsity basketball coach! RIP Coach!
Ann Finney
Nov 03, 2019
Dear Linda, Greg, & Karen
You may not remember us ... we lived across the street on Fieldstone Crescent, Ottawa.... we were just watching football & often we think of you & Ted .... did a Google search & were so saddened to hear of Ted’s passing!!! Please accept our sincere sympathy & may all your precious memories sustain you at this most difficult time!!!!
Hugsss to you & your family from Ann & Bryan Finney
Mat Mukkada
Oct 18, 2019
Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Theodore "Ted" H. Heath by Mat Mukkada.  Send flowers
Carol & Tom Mitchell, Matt and Joe Mitchell
Oct 18, 2019
Linda,
We are thinking of you and your family. We loved the “Big Dub”!
Jeanie Ziolkowski
Oct 17, 2019
Ted had such a big personality. There was always a lot of laughter when he was in the room. He will be missed by many. So sorry for your loss.
Oswalts
Oct 16, 2019
So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers for all.
Kelly Williams
Oct 16, 2019
Coach Heath was a special person to our family. He made a big impact on our son Brett playing football, and made him believe he could play at the college level and he did. He was tough but fair. He was equally as tough and fair on our daughters Libby and Andrea, as he wasn't to sure about coaching girls in shot put and discus, but they won him over and both called him a teddy bear! We have shared many memories and tears over the last few days, with the kids as he was loved and respected by our family. He will be missed!
Linda Barton
Oct 16, 2019
Thinking about you Linda and your family at this difficult time. Ted was a good man and will be missed my many.
Ed Dooley
Oct 16, 2019
Just a good man, he helped get a position at K-State, full of enthusiasm, showed me the ropes as we traveled the Midwest scouting players, Iam very sad, we've lost a good man
Terry and Coleen Denefe
Oct 16, 2019
He was a terrific guy and beloved in Ottumwa.