Theodore Franklin Tegland, age 82, finished his race Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, after a brief struggle with cancer.
Fiercely independent and creative, Ted believed in family, self-support, and helping others. A farmer at heart, he loved growing things, family gatherings, the outdoors, creating solutions to home and machine repair problems, a good John Wayne movie, cutting wood. and keeping up with world and local events. He never lost his sense of wonder, sense of humor, and curiosity over how things and people worked.
Ted was born Sept. 16, 1930, in Goodall, IA, to Truman and Leta Tegland. He worked on the family farm until he graduated from Forest City High School in 1948.
Ted served his country as a heavy equipment operator in the Korean war with H/S Co. 62 AUS C.E., from 1952 to 1954. He spent eight additional years in the Army Reserves..
Returning home, he met and married the love of his life, Darla Delaine Duryee Jan. 23, 1955, in McIntire, IA. Married for 57 years, they were blessed with two sons and two daughters (each one his favorite!), four sons- and daughters-in-law, 11 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, all of whom have benefited greatly from Ted’s wisdom, love, guidance, and presence in their lives.
Ted and Darla originally settled in Austin, where Ted received training as a tool and die maker. He applied those skills at Tonka Toys, in Mound, for many years.
Ted continued to work well into retirement at various handyman jobs, including work for Carver County, and Mykkanen Homes in Cokato.
Ted and Darla renovated and sold homes in Watertown, Waverly, and Howard Lake, before settling in Cokato.
They built a household of faith, where prayer, church, and service to others was foundational, and doing the right thing was expected.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Virgil Tegland; a sister, Helen Myre; brothers-in-law Cordell Duryee and Harvey Myre; sister-in-law Nola Hauck; and a beloved son, Scott.
While rejoicing that Dad is in heaven, he was greatly loved, and shall be missed by his wife, Darla; daughter Dawn (David) Rostomily; daughter-in-law Brenda Tegland (Scott’s wife), all of Cokato; son Damon (Carla) of Anderson, MO; daughter Lorrie (Roger) Miller of Janesville; his brother, Dean (Rita) Tegland; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Faye Tegland (Virgil’s wife), Loren (Leone) Duryee, Mary Duryee (Cordell’s wife), Craig (Karen) Duryee, Lane (Terri) Duryee, and Sharla (Jon) Lieder also mourn his loss.
Grandpa Ted will also be missed by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, coworkers from Tonka Toys, and many friends.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Nov. 17 at the First Baptist Church of Cokato, with the Rev. Dan Swanson officiating. Special music was provided by the Tegland family.
As it was Ted’s wish to be cremated, honorary pallbearers were Ted’s grandchildren and their spouses: Jennifer and Adam Johnson, Kate and Steven Schmoll, Ben Rostomily, Laura Rostomily, Matthew and Vanessa Tegland, Michael Tegland, Robert Tegland, Emily Tegland, Melissa O’Brien, Cassandra Miller, and Joshua Miller, as well as Ted’s great nephew, Alex Hauck.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.