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Ted Ornas Obit


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THEODORE ORNAS, 91, died Saturday, March 14, 2009, at Coventry Meadows Assisted Living, Fort Wayne. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he retired in 1980 from International Harvester as Head of Styling and was the visionary creator of the Scout. He was a graduate of Garfield Heights High School, Cleveland, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He loved his family and grandchildren and had a passion for the guitar and Industrial Design. Survivors include his wife, Esther Ornas of Fort Wayne; sons, Eric (Jennifer Joslin) Ornas of Santa Cruz, Calif., Theodore B. (Jill Brothen) Ornas of Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughters, Donna Bloom of Asheville, N.C., Diana (Dwight) Nissen of Harrisburg, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Mary Ornas. Service is 2 p.m. Thursday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Alzheimer's Association.

Ted was hired by IH in the early 1950s to organize a styling department for the Truck Division. He is credited with coming up with a design for the Scout that revived a program that was going nowhere and is widely recognized for this. He stated that he thought that one of his greatest accomplishments was a Cab and Chassis Standardization program that he originated in the late 1970s that led to the production of the S-Series models in the early 1980s that had much to do with the survival of the Truck Division in the 1980s when the Company was in trouble. He worked with a number of the big name stylists at GM and Ford such as George Walker before coming to IH and was recognized by these men as "one of their own".

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