Theodore "Ted" Florence
1925 ~ 2013
Theodore "Ted "Florence passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
A vigil and rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, 2466 Addison Ave. East, Twin Falls. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Edwards Catholic Church, 161 6th Ave. East, Twin Falls on Friday, December 6, at 11:00 a.m., with Father Mike St. Marie. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Viewing for family and friends will take place from 6:00 p.m. until the time of the Rosary at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.
Ted was born in Venice California on April 5, 1925, to Maria Ana Grbec of Slovenia (a province of Austria) and to Otto Florence (Florianlc) of Westphalen, Germany. He was the second son of four sons. Shortly after Ted's birth, his family moved to Idaho to help co-found a meat packing plant, Independent Meat Company (Falls Brand). Following graduation from Twin Falls High school, Ted joined the US Navy and served honorably as the "Greatest Generation" did. After completing his military service, Ted returned to his family business to help his father. While growing up under the tutelage of his German immigrant father, Ted became a master butcher and cattle buyer. In 1948, Ted met and married Elva Ruth Everhart and together they had six children.
As the company grew, Ted's knowledge was needed beyond the plant, so he put on his cowboy hat and
boots and roamed the country side looking for prime #1 heifers. He could judge a steer on the hoof and accurately estimate the yield prior to it hanging in the cooler. Ted became an iconic and respected cattle buyer. He was honorable, fair, and quick to give and extra half cent more to a cattleman even in a
down market, knowing the market tides will turn someday. His handshake was sacred. During his career, Ted was inducted into the Idaho Cattlemen's Hall of Fame.
Following the death of his wife Elva in 1980, Ted married June Olmstead in 1991; they were happily married for 22 years. Together they relished and entertained 36 grand children attending countless
games, school events, picnics and birthdays.
Ted was active until the end, skiing "Baldy" with Gene and Bud until he was 85. The older they got the less turns they made. He enjoyed fishing with his brothers (Otto, Frank & Joe) and cousins (Corky, Bud &
Duke) smoking cigars, and taking care of a big lawn
Ted belonged to various organizations, but his greatest joys were the time he spent with his family and friends. Weekend hunting trips, mountain and desert drives became the highlights of his children. Many kids from town shot their first pheasant, deer or duck with Ted. Everyone relished the campfires, hot polish sausages, mountain sunrises, desert sunsets and the smell of sagebrush. Most mountain or desert roads in Southern Idaho and Northern Nevada have been traveled by Ted. There was no road too steep, too rocky or too muddy for Ted. Consequently many hours were spent devising techniques to un- stuck the truck which sometimes resulted in walking a few miles to get help.
He coached baseball and basketball teams and taught about winning and it had nothing to do with the box score. Ted was a quick-witted practical man with a great sense of humor. He was a deeply religious and humble man with impeccable integrity. He was a great man, husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Ted is survived by his wife June; daughters, Susan & Kathleen (Kim); sons, Mike (Sharon), Sam (Anna Mae), Jimmy (Linda); step children Dan, Bob, Tim & Nancy; and thirty six grandchildren. Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Joe, wife Elva, son David.
"The Older I Get, the More I Hope I See My Father in Me." Thanks Dad!
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Edwards Catholic Church or a
. Contributions may be given to funeral chapel staff at the services.
Services are under the direction of Trent Stimpson and staff at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.
Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Dec. 5, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
Reynolds Funeral Chapel
2466 Addison Ave East | Twin Falls, ID 833016762 | (208) 733-4900