Gazette, The (Colorado Springs, CO) - September 8, 2004
Deceased Name: Elwood Andrew Teague
was born on December 14, 1907, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the son of Orval Edward Teague and Ethel McGeorge Teague. In 1924, at the age of seventeen he enlisted in the U.S.Navy. He graduated in the Class of 1929 and after naval service he settled in Los Angeles and entered the business world.
From 1929 to 1936, he worked at Mortgage Guarantee Company. From 1936 to 1942 he conducted his own business in that field. World War II brought him into service from 1942 to 1945 in the United States Navy, retiring eventually as Commander, USNR. Stationed at the U.S.Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Florida, he flew thousands of hours as a naval pilot. In 1943, he became Commanding Officer of aircraft training squadron VN8D8-C. After the war he returned to Los Angeles and the real estate and savings and loan business, along with general building contracting. His efforts included VP California Federal Savings & Loan, he managed his own general contracting business; was VP & CEO Great Western Financial Corp., Pres & Chairman, United Financial Corp., later CEO of First Nationwide Bank. He retired in 1976 and moved to Rancho Mirage, CA and in 1984 moved to Colorado Springs, Co. with his wife Mary Ann. His affiliations included the Los Angeles Breakfast Club, Los Angeles Country Club, American Legion-Allied Post, 32nd Degree Mason, James A., Garfield Lodge No. 566, Shrine-AI Malaikah Temple, U.S. Navy Foundation, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, American Savings and Loan Institute and other Savings and Loan Leagues; United Crusade; State of California Board of Investment, California Dept. of Housing and C o m m u n i t y Development under Governor Ronald Reagan, Citizens Athletic Foundation, National Athletic Health Institute and Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. He belonged to the Riviera Country Club, the O'Donnell Country Club of Palm Springs and for a short while the Broadmoor Country Club.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ann, several cousins and many friends.
Woodie was a kind and generous man and will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Funeral Home, 1830 E. Fountain Blvd. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 S. Hancock in Colorado Springs.
In lieu of flowers a donation to his favorite charities: The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and the Springs Rescue Mission will be appreciated.
Mr. "Woodie" TeaguePage: METRO4
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