Obit: Meinholdt, Theodore B. (1929 – 2009)

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Surnames: Meinholdt, Pierce, Kobyaski, Olds, Gilles, Mahutga, Abbott, Frank, Erickson


----Source: Banner Journal (Black River Falls, Jackson Co., WI.) October 14, 2009


Meinholdt, Theodore B. (17 April 1929 – 9 October 2009) With Flag


Theodore B. “Ted” Meinholdt, 80, of Merrillan died Friday Oct. 9, 2009, at Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls.


Ted was born April 17, 1929, in Greenwood, Clark County, to parents Arthur and Iva (Pierce) Meinholdt.  He enlisted in the U. S. Army and served during the Korean War, serving for a total of 12 years.


Ted married Suzuyo “Suzie” Kobyaski March 18, 1953, in Tokyo, Japan.  Following his service, they lived in Colorado Springs and then move to Merrillan, where they made their home. 


Ted was employed by the village of Merrillan as maintenance superintendent for many years and also served as village constable for several years.


He enjoyed being involved in community activities and served on the Merrillan Village Board for many years.  He was also a volunteer fireman, serving as fire chief for a short time.


Ten enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, woodworking and playing cards.  He also enjoyed going for drives and seeing local sights.  He liked to attend auctions and was an avid collector of a wide variety of things.  His friends were very important to him, as were his daily visits with Billy Frank.


He possessed an infamous wit and wisdom that he would frequently use to express insights about the world from his own particular perspective.


Survivors include his wife, Suzie; sons, Terry Meinholdt of Manitowoc, Gary Meinholdt of Marshfield, Randy (Joan) Meinholdt of Mosinee and Jeff (Amy) Meinholdt of Madison; four daughters, Cathy (Gary) Olds of Beaver Dam, Barbara (Dan) Gilles of Eau Claire, Theresa (Ron) Mahutga of Arcadia and Lynn (Lon) Abbott of Durand; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; besides many other relatives and friends.


Memorial services for Theodore B. “Ted” Meinholdt will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at the Merrillan United Methodist Church with Reverend Meg Erickson officiating.  Military rites by the Merrillan American Legion Post #140 and the Alma Center VFW Post #8494 will be held at the church.  Burial will take place in Mentor Cemetery at a later date.


Friends may call at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of services.


The Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton, is assisting the family with arrangements.



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