Theodore “Ted” John Weydert, 83, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully at his home on March 23.
He was born Oct. 1, 1927, in Unity, Wis., to Frederick and Martha (Beyer) Weydert and moved with his family to Maple Park in 1939. He graduated from Maple Park High School in 1945, and married his high-school sweetheart, Lauryce Hintzsche, on March 30, 1951, in Memphis, Tenn.
Ted started farming in 1952, in Pierce Township, Ill., then in Burlington, and moved to his present farm in Maple Park in 1962, where he farmed until his retirement in 1994.
His family was his passion. He passed on his strong work ethic to his children by starting their roadside sweet corn business in 1963, which continued for 38 years, working with his grandchildren in the later years. He was also an award-winning seed corn salesman for Garst and Midwest Seeds. It was known that he kept “office hours” at various local coffee shops most mornings.
Ted was also actively involved in the Maple Park Lion’s Club for over 40 years. He was instrumental in starting the very successful annual Mother’s Day Rose Sale, which is still popular as a fundraiser.
Ted is survived by his wife; children, Carolyn (Gary) Faselt of Denver, Jane (Mac) McDonald of Eldridge, Iowa, Joy (Tom Fine) Weydert of Kansas City, Ted G. (Kristi) Weydert of DeKalb and Martha Weydert Cohen of Jacksonville, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and honorary daughter, Janet Clarke of Chicago. Ted is also survived by his brother, Fred (Ethel) Weydert of Leesburg, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Myrtle Weydert Donahue and Margaret Weydert; and grandchildren, Ayla Faselt and Louis Faselt.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Community of Christ Church at 1200 S. Malta Road, DeKalb, with Pastor Roger Hintzsche officiating. Lunch will be served in the fellowship hall following the service. Friends are welcome to call at the family home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Maple Park Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 10, Maple Park, IL 60151, who was so helpful to Ted.