Ted Pellett, 90, of Atlantic, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014, peacefully in his home surrounded by his family.
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The son of Clarence and Ollie Mayberry Pellett, Ted was born March 7, 1924 in Atlantic. He grew up there and graduated from Atlantic High School in 1941. Ted then attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where he played football and pledged Kappa Theta Psi Fraternity. He returned to Atlantic during the war to help care for the family farm.
Ted was united in marriage to Katherine Ellen Maher Jan. 19, 1952 in Colfax. He was a life long member of the First United Methodist Church and was also active in the Atlantic Lions Club, the YMCA Indian Guide Program, and the Farm Bureau. Ted and his brothers pursued various investment opportunities, one of which resulted in the foundation of Riverwood Farms Inc.
Ted loved farming, woodworking, football, playing bridge, and traveling, especially to Spirit Lake, Iowa and Sarasota, Florida. He also enjoyed playing checkers, ping-pong, and horseshoes, and was said to be champion at them all. Christmas Eve was Ted's favorite holiday as the house was always full of family, friends, and the Christmas Spirit.
Ted is survived by his wife Katherine and his six children, Pamela Flaa (Larry), Kathy Swinnerton (Jeff), Mark Pellett (Debra), Lisa Thibodeau, Suzanne Chandler (John), and Traci Pavletich (Dean). In addition, he is survived by his 14 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one sister-in-law, Haleen Pellett, and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Ollie, his brothers and sisters-in-law, Bruce and Elsie Pellett, Valentine (Vallie) and Eloise Pellett, Wendell Pellett, and Paul and Betty Lew Pellett.
Visitation will be held Sunday, March 16 from 1-6 p.m., with family present from 4-6 p.m., at the Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 17 at the First United Methodist Church in Atlantic.
The committal service will be held in the Atlantic Cemetery.
The Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic is caring for his arrangements and his family. Condolences for his family may be left at the website at www.rolandfuneralservice.com
Roland Funeral Services
204 E 5th St
Atlantic, IA 50022
Published in Atlantic News Telegraph on Mar. 14, 2014