Theodore C. Edquist

Theodore C. Edquist

Theodore C. Edquist passed away Dec. 22, 2012 at age 91. He was born June 19, 1921 in Seattle, the eldest of 3 brothers. He grew up in West Seattle adventuring with his brother Paul, zooming down Lander St on bikes, digging clams on the beach, swimming in the natatorium, and later introducing little brother Chuck to the fun. Ted graduated from West Seattle HS and went on to Linfield College in McMinnville OR. He joined the Navy after Pearl Harbor, fast-tracked his graduation and attended officer training, joining the war effort as a radar officer. He served on ships in the Mediterranean and Pacific.

He married his college sweetheart, Mildred Warris, on leave in 1943. After the war they lived in Chicago where Ted earned an MA in church history from the University of Chicago. His philosophical nature and desire to be of service led him to the ministry; he was a pastor till his retirement in 1986.

He served churches first as a Baptist minister in Denver COL and Flint MI, then found his long time place as a Congregational/UCC minister, serving in Oak Park IL, Pullman WA and Boise ID. A beloved, inspirational pastor, he believed in social justice and was compassionate in both practical and spiritual ways. He was named pastor emeritus Pullman Community Congregational Church where he served for 10 years and at Woodlawn Congregational Church in Boise where he served his last 16 years of ministry. In his professional life he will be remembered for his excellent sermons, full of relevant historical and social context, his sensitive counseling and practical help to anyone who needed him, and his congeniality to all. He opened his heart and mind to understand people from all walks of life and places and succeeded beautifully.

With such depth of understanding, he was a wonderful husband, father and friend. Ted told great jokes; his wit and humor lifted up everyone around him. He started his family skiing at North South Ski Bowl out of Pullman, a legacy now living on in his grandchildren. He took his family camping, now such treasured memories. He gathered with many friends to share laughter and interesting conversation throughout his long life. Ted returned to Seattle for his retirement, attending symphonies, traveling, harkening back with his brothers, and hosting his children and grandchildren often as they settled here as well. Ted's first wife passed in 1996. He and his 3 children and 2 grandchildren helped each other through that loss. A few years later he brought a new member to the family, his second wife Nancy. His family and friends welcomed her happily. He had places to go, people to see, games to watch, beaches to walk and books to read that he enjoyed to the end. His loved ones will miss him always but can find comfort in gratitude for his loving presence in our lives. He lived a full span with joy and integrity. Thanks Dad!

Ted was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Mildred, and Stephen Edquist, his younger son. He is survived by his brothers Paul and Chuck, his children David Edquist and Joan Reberger, son-in-law Frank, grandchildren Anna Edquist and Justin Reberger, his second wife Nancy and her sons John, Rick, Pete and grandson Ben.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2PM, Saturday January 12th at Plymouth Church, 1217 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA.

Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 6, 2013