Theodore J. "Ted" Poeschl, 61, of Great Falls, a retired railroad electrical foreman and U.S. Army veteran, passed away Wednesday at his residence of natural causes. Ted, the beloved son of Catherine "Katie" and the late Robert Poeschl, passed away in his sleep.
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Ted was born Dec. 30, 1946, in Plum City, Wis. He moved to Livingston with his parents and siblings in March of 1959.
He graduated from high school on June 1, 1965, and on June 3, 1965, entered the service of the Montana Army National Guard until November 1971.
In November 1965, he was employed by the Northern Pacific and Burlington Northern Railroads as an electrician, and retired in December of 2007 as an electrical foreman.
Ted had a gift for cooking. His homemade sauerkraut was exceptional. He enjoyed specialty catering for parties and events. He was a barbeque pig roaster extraordinaire and collector of recipes.
He was also a collector of friends, measured his wealth by the friends he had, and always felt he was the richest man alive. Ted loved a good time and a good laugh, and all who knew him cherished his spontaneity.
His father, Robert Poeschl, and a brother, Nicholas, preceded him in death.
Ted is survived by his mother, Catherine "Katie" Poeschl of Livingston; brothers, Roger (Patti) of Whitefish, Henry of Livingston, Anthony (Debbie) of Decker, and Timothy of Livingston; sisters, Patricia (Gregory) Black of Friday Harbor, Wash., Amy (James) Wyatt of Sheridan, Wyo., and Margaret Hargrove of Belgrade; many nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory.
A celebration of his life will be held April 26 at The Cowboy in Great Falls, and a celebration of his life and burial will take place in Livingston in May.
Condolences to the family can be left at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com.
Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory
1307 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59401
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 20, 2008