Theodore “Ted” Charles Theesfeld, 85, of Gilman, passed away Nov. 8, 2020 at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
He was born Sept. 5, 1935, in Beaverville, the son of Theodore “Tip” and Kathryn (Hilgert) Theesfeld. His parents preceded him in death in addition to two sisters, Norma Gersch and Beverly Eimen Tammen; and one daughter-in-law, Gale Theesfeld.
Ted married Lorraine Scharp on Feb. 12, 1955, in Gilman. She survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Kevin (Nancy Nims) Theesfeld, of Aurora, Rick (Beth Zirkle) Theesfeld, of Gilman, and Todd Theesfeld, of Chicago; one daughter, Tammy (Douglas) Gray, of Herscher; seven grandchildren, Jacob (Marisol) Theesfeld, Lucas (Amy) Theesfeld, Chad Lucht, Mitch (Stacey) Theesfeld, Kelly (Kale) Kaufman, Jordan Lucht and Brooke (Jose) Robles; two great-grandchildren, Riley Theesfeld and Blake Theesfeld; one sister, Judy Jameson, of Winter Haven, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Theesfeld was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth, the church council, and the Gilman School Board. He was the plant manager at GNB/Gould in Kankakee. Ted coached several of his children’s youth league games. He enjoyed watching his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and also enjoyed dancing, playing golf and playing cards with his friends. Ted was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.
A drive-thru visitation was from noon until 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth. Private funeral services took place on Thursday, with the Rev. Marburger officiating. Burial was in Gilman Cemetery. A celebration of life will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth.
Funeral arrangements are by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.