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1921 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Elbert J. Tiede January 26, 1921 - July 18, 2012 Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, called Elbert James Tiede, 91, home on July 18, 2012, after a brief illness. Elbert was born on January 26, 1921 in Wessington Springs, South Dakota to Emanuel Tiede and Magdaline Koenig Tiede. Dad's older brother Carl and sister Ruby Tiede Hins have gone to be with our Lord. Upon graduation from high school, Elbert moved with the family from the South Dakota farm to Bakersfield in 1939. Here he met the girl of his dreams, Ruth Koop, and they were married on January 9, 1944 in the Mennonite Brethren Church of Bakersfield. Dad worked in the Long Beach Shipyards until World War II interrupted their lives. Elbert served in the US Army in France, Germany and Austria from 1944 until 1946 when he was honorably discharged. From Long Beach, Elbert and Ruth moved back to Bakersfield to be close to family and finally start their lives together. To Elbert and Ruth Tiede were born three sons, Darrell in 1947, LeRoy in 1951 and Myron in 1952. They have 9 grandchildren, Shawn and Matt Tiede, David and James Tiede, and Anneliese Tiede Darling, Michael and Ryan Tiede, Kevin and Kelly Berg, and 13 great-grandchildren. Dad supported his family by working for Superior Creamery and then Carnation Milk for 35 years. Dad's retirement was short lived. Elbert's welding skills were put to good use at Readyland and Heritage Schools and Child Evangelism Fellowship. Additionally, he did janitorial, lawn and gardening, maintenance and projects at Heritage Bible Church. Elbert placed his God-given faith in Jesus. He demonstrated his love by faithful service to others, and reaped the benefits of a community of faith at Heritage Bible and Valley Baptist Churches. Because dad had a love of music and a song in his heart, he sang in choirs, quartets and especially the West Coast Mennonite Men's Chorus, which he did for 27 years. Our family and many friends will miss Elbert, but we grieve only for ourselves as he is rejoicing in the presence of Jesus forever. Elbert lived and walked humbly and thankfully before God and gave our Lord Jesus Christ the glory! Memorial Services for Elbert will be held Tuesday, July 24, at 10 am, at Greenlawn Mortuary, 3700 River Blvd. Bakersfield, CA. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 pm. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 22, 2012
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