Ted Wiest

Ted Wiest    Ted Wiest, age 87, of Great Falls, passed away Wednesday from natural causes at a local nursing home.
    A funeral was held Monday at 1 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church with burial in Highland Cemetery.
    Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
    He is survived by wife, Patty; son Ted (Mary Lou), of Great Falls; son Gary (Kim), of Brady; and daughter, Carol (Scott), of Lake Oswego, Ore.; step-daughters Diana (Larry) Goff and June (Bruce) Goff, of Great Falls; Twila (Ernie) Saxman, of East Helena; 2 grandsons, 4 granddaughters; 2 step grandsons, 4 step granddaughters; 1 great-grandson and 3 great-granddaughters; 3 step great-grandsons and 5 step great-granddaughters; sister, Erma (Bill) Zier, of Renton, Wash.; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
    He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary, and infant son, Jerry; brothers Otto and Albert.
    He was born Jan. 3, 1920 in Carson, N.D. to Jacob and Rosa Wiest.  When he was 3 years old, his family moved to a homestead east of Brady. This was his earliest memory as his family loaded farm machinery and livestock in boxcars for the journey and the start of 4 generations of farming.
    He received his schooling in Brady then joined the army in 1941 serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Chanute Field, Illinois, Little Rock, Arkansas and Roswell, New Mexico until 1945.  
    He met and married his sweetheart, Mary Sabo, in 1947. They farmed together and raised 3 children on the farm until his wife’s illness in 1991 when they moved to Great Falls. She passed away in February of 1993.
    Ted then met his other sweetheart, Patty Grubb Eberl. They were married in October 1994. Ted’s family then grew to include Patty’s family.
    Ted loved his family and was a hard-working, loyal and fun-loving guy. He had a passion for farming and gardening. In his younger years he loved horses and played Western-style polo.
    He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and Sons of the Pioneers in Great Falls.
    Memorials are suggested to the Faith Lutheran Church, 3125 5th Ave. S., Great Falls, MT 59405; Peace Hospice of Montana, 1101 26th St. S. Great Falls, MT 59405 or to Mark 2 Ministries, Inc., Wildhorse Canyon, PO Box 62, Antelope, OR 97001.
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