Theodore Archie Ganzel, age 90, of Maple Plain, formerly of Delano, died peacefully Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at Haven Homes nursing home in Maple Plain.
Ted, his brothers, and sister grew up in St Paul.
He served in the US Army from 1943-1946.
Ted married Mildred Wicklund and subsequently graduated from Minneapolis School of Arts and attended Northwestern College.
He started Ganzel Sign Company in the basement of their home, and painted signs in the Minneapolis area and various places around the world for over 50 years.
Ted and Millie raised five children.
Ted enjoyed doing artwork that expressed his joy in the gospel, and cartoons showing his sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Calista Ganzel; sister Katherine Heylman; brothers Robert and Jack; grandchild Reid Allmaras; and great-grandchild Max Ganzel.
Ted is survived by his wife of 68 years, Millie Ganzel; children Rich (Rosie) Ganzel, Harvey (Gretchen) Ganzel, John Ganzel, Ginny (Mike) Strole, and Dwayne (Nancy) Ganzel; grandchildren Amber Ganzel, Joy (Andy) Hummell, Alex (Joy) Ganzel, Laurel Ganzel, Alec Ganzel, Jenna Ganzel, Hannah Ganzel and Natalie Ganzel; and great-grandchildren Stella Hummell, Grant Hummell, Vivienne Ganzel and Abigail Ganzel.
A celebration of Ted’s life took place Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. at Maple Plain Community Church.
There was visitation Friday, May 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.
Memorial donations may be made to Maple Plain Community Church Missions.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.