Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Theodore Joseph Ferkinhoff, age 86, who passed away Sunday at his home. Rev. Steve Binsfeld, Rev. Ronald Weyrens and Rev. William Vos will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Thursday at the church. Sauk Rapids American Legion Post #254 will pray at 7:00 p.m., followed by St. Cloud VFW Post #428 at 7:15 p.m., and parish prayers at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Ted was born to William & Cecilia Ferkinhoff in St. Cloud, MN. He attended St. Cloud Technical High School until enlisting in the US Navy where he proudly served on the USS Intrepid during WWII. Following an honorable discharge, he returned to St. Cloud, finished his high school graduation requirements and began working in the construction field. Later he attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis to fully develop his carpentry skills.
On June 6, 1953 he and Kathleen Guck were united in marriage and together, raised six children while living in Sauk Rapids. From 1952 to 1968, Ted worked in the carpentry field around the St. Cloud area. In 1968 he made a career change from swinging a hammer to instructing others on how to do it. With some reservations, he became a carpentry teacher at St. Cloud Vocational School being one of the lead instructors on the annual house building project. Over his 22 years as an instructor, he passed along to students his passion for quality work and using common sense.
In his retirement, he enjoyed yard-work, chopping wood, harvesting maple syrup, reading (especially WWII & History), coffee with the “Morning Coffee Crew” at Coborn’s, attending various grandchildren’s activities, visiting family and friends, and an occasional casino run with Kathy.
Surviving Ted are his wife of 60 years, Kathy; his children, Jeff (Theresa), Dean (Delaine), Matt (Lynne), Jane Rudy (Jeff), Lynn Gerchy (Craig Sauer), and Ruth Dorival (Chris); ten grandchildren; brothers, Leo and Paul; and several sisters-in-law along with many nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Marian, Bernadette and Dorothy.
Ted, you will be greatly missed -- till we meet again!