Ernest Theodore “Ted” Kretschmar


Ted Kretschmar is our featured Ageless- Remarkable St. Louisan of the day! 


Ernest Theodore “Ted” Kretschmar, 81, is a graduate of the Naval Academy, a Marine officer, church deacon, and a highly successful businessman. Leveraging the leadership skills gained in those roles, when he finally retired in 2008, Ted helped start and serves on the board of the Focus Marines Foundation, a volunteer-led nonprofit that helps psychologically wounded servicemen transition back into civilian life.

With no specific training, this former Marine took on the challenge of serving as the foundation’s chief fundraiser, raising millions of dollars to help more than 700 Marines and Navy Corpsmen cope with their visible and invisible injuries. Ted’s concern for those in need extends to a board position with Teen Challenge of St. Louis, which helps young adults deal with addiction issues. He also volunteers at the West County Assembly of God.