Kenneth O. Teel, 69, of Meshoppen, died Feb. 19 in Ocala, Fla., after an illness. He and his wife, the former Connie Evans, had been married for 50 years.
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Born in Springville, son of the late Fay and Altha Squier Teel, he was a member of Meshoppen United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Elk Lake High School, class of 1961, served as president of the Future Farmers of America, and received the Star Award. In 2007, Ken received the Wyoming/Lackawanna County Holstein Club's Hall of Fame award. His farm was listed as a "Dairy of Distinction." He was president of the Wyoming/Lackawanna County Farm Bureau, a director of Ag Choice Farm Credit, treasurer of the Wyoming County Holstein Club, a member of the Holstein Association, a director of Genex Breeding Association, a director of the Susquehanna DHIA, a director of the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair and a member of the Wyoming Fair Dairy Committee.
He started the tractor pulls and kiddie tractor pulls at the Wyoming County Fair and was the president of the Wyoming County Pullers Association. He was a member of Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club and served as a director. He was a member of Harford Fair Tractor Pullers Association. He was a seed dealer for Seed Way and several seed companies for more than 20 years.
Ken loved farming and was well-known and well- respected for his knowledge and involvement in the trade and community. He was involved in showing many of his cows in the region. He was honored in October by the governor's office, Pennsylvania Senate and Pennsylvania House of Representatives and given a special award by the Farm Bureau for his involvement and dedication to the farm industry.
He and his wife purchased their farm in Meshoppen in 1964 and have been avid farmers of registered Holsteins ever since. He belonged to several bowling leagues in Tunkhannock and Montrose. In addition, he enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting and fishing, tractor pulling, watching NASCAR (favorite driver, Jimmy Johnson) and spending time with his grandchildren, teaching them about farming.
He is also survived by his children, Lisa Teel Smith, Meshoppen; Roger Teel and wife, Brandy, Meshoppen; Duane Teel and wife, Jennifer, Dimock; and Jennifer Teel Bonavita and husband, Stanley, Meshoppen; nine grandchildren, Darrin Smith and girlfriend, Brittany; Derrick and Keaton Smith; Riley and Dalton Teel; Alex, Austin and Autumn Bonavita; and Richard Smith; three step-grandchildren, Paul and Jason Salmini; and Alex Rummage; four great-grandchildren, Keegan Smith, Fenton, Trevor and Hunter Smith; a sister, Barbara Fuhrey and husband, Bill, Springville; a brother, Cleo Teel and wife, Gloria, Dimock; many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Glenn; a sister, Ruth States; and his father and mother-in-law, Doug and Marge Evans.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with the Rev. Thomas Mott of the Meshoppen Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Jersey Hill Cemetery, Auburn Twp.
Friends may call on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Git-R-Done
Team c/o Wyoming County
, 8 Ironwood St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657, or the Dairy Committee of the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair, c/o Mrs. Charlotte M. Severcool, 6115 Route 29, Springville, PA 18844.
For directions or online condolences, visit www.aplit winfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 26, 2013