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In Memory of Theodore Nils Pederson


July 16, 1932 - January 06, 2018

Theodore “Ted” N. Pederson, age 85, of Hayward, WI passed away peacefully, Saturday, January 6, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Theodore “Ted” Nils Pederson, along with his twin brother, Fred, was born July 16, 1932 in Viking, Alberta, Canada to Nils and Bertha ((Voight) Pederson. He moved to Hayward in 1937 and graduated from the eighth grade at Clear Lake School.

He and Fred bought land with a sawmill on it but soon found out they didn’t like mill work. They turned the land into a farm, and Ted found that he loved to farm. On May 21, 1955, he married Vivian Shirley Holcomb at the First Lutheran Church in Hayward. Ted served his country in the National Guard for seven years and drove a school bus for four years taking children to Lake School. He was a lifetime member of the National Farmers Organization, and he served as secretary and treasurer for its board for 15 years. Ted served on the Spider Lake Town Board as supervisor for 10 years. He was on the Spider Lake Cemetery as the president, secretary, and treasurer for 12 years, and he was on the Northern Lakes Co-op Board for 10 years.

Ted enjoyed skiing the Pre-Birkie and the Birkebeiner. He loved traveling with their 5th-wheel camper and camping. Ted was an avid hunter, with many trophies to show for it. He also enjoyed fishing, trapping, dancing and the outdoors. His main saying was, “I love to work,” and that he did. Ted has passed that love along to his children and grandchildren. He loved being around his family, especially his grandchildren and his great grandchild.

Special thanks to his doctors, nurses and the Regional Hospice for all the love and care they gave Ted and his family.

He is survived by his loving and caring wife, Vivian, of 62 years 6 months; three children Diane (Jon) Rezarch of Spooner, Dale Pederson of Hayward, and Debra (Howard) Henk of Stone Lake; six grandchildren, Eric (Billie) Rezarch of Shell Lake, twins Kevin and Jacob Henk of Birchwood, and Gregory and Gale Henk of Stone Lake; one great-grandchild, Theodore “Teddy” Rezarch of Shell Lake; three sisters Deloris Alexander of Hayward, twins Helen Shiley of Elmhurst, IL and Helga Nordin of Laramie, WY; many nieces and nephews.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents Nils & Bertha; brothers Melvin, twins Gordon and Jordon, and twin Fred.

The Funeral Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 12, 2018 at Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward. Rev. Gary Hilgendorf will officiate. Music will be provided by Arnold and Debra Nelson and Steve Hand. Burial will be in Spider Lake Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Hayward Veterans Council. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 11th at the funeral home.

Honorary casket bearer will be Theodore “Teddy” Rezarch.

Casket bearers will be Gale Henk, Gregory Henk, Jacob Henk, Kevin Henk, Billie Rezarch and Eric Rezarch.