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Theodore R. Ivanko, 86, Fairfield Resident

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Fairfield resident Theodore R. Ivanko died on Friday, June 3. He was 86.

Ivanko grew up in Southport and graduated from the Pequot School, Roger Ludlowe High School and the University of Bridgeport.

He was an avid golfer and member of the Patterson, Belmont Country, Chattahoochee Country and Fayerweather Yacht Clubs.

Ivanko was an engineer with multiple patents, becoming VP of Manufacturing at AVCO Lycoming.

He helped develop the T-53, T-55 and AGT-1500 gas turbine engines used by the U.S. Army.

He left AVCO after 37 years to become VP of Manufacturing & General Manager of the Teledyne Corp. in Toledo, Ohio.

In retirement, he worked at Collins Medical Equipment.

Ivanko is survived by his wife, Catherine Ruskay Ivanko; his daughter, Kathleen Karenko; and his son, David Ivanko and his spouse, John Brannelly.

Ivanko was predeceased by his parents, Julius and Elizabeth Reho Ivanko; his brother, Julius; his uncle, Frank Ivanko; and his son-in-law, Alan Karenko.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Fairfield Relay For Life of the American Cancer Society at 38 Richards Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854.

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