Theodore "Ted" C. Kreider Jr.
Theodore Kreider Jr., age 74, of Springboro, went to see the Lord, quietly at his home. He was born November 2, 1945. “Ted” graduated from Northwestern High School in 1963, and he was on the wrestling team. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1967 and was trained general vehicle repairman and 63C20/cannoneer. Ted served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 with the 6th Artillery, Battery C, 3rd Battalion. Ted achieved the rank of Spec 4 and was awarded the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 O/S Bars. Upon discharge in 1969, Ted used the GI Bill to further his skills in welding and fabrication. Ted was an avid traditional bow hunter and highly skilled with target pistol and long range rifle. His specialty was shooting woodchucks. He had many friends in the area who shared his hobbies and quick wit. Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Evelyn L. (Hill) Kreider, and two sisters, Sally Lou Kreider and Mary Kreider Mitchell. Survivors include his siblings, Margaret Ann (Kreider) Randall of Albion, LeeRoy Kreider of Orofino, Idaho, Rebecca (Kreider) Brookover of Marysville, OH, Nancy (Kreider) Wuenschel of Kingsville, OH, and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews that he loved. Calling hours will be held at the Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, on Thursday from 9am until the time of a funeral service there at 11am with Pastor Dr. Ed Huntley officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit www.matterafuneralhome.com
Our deepest condolences to your family. Ted was a great man. I spent quite a bit of time talking about hunting with him. He loaded my chick shells for me. He will be greatly missed here on Millgrove.
I have memories of many enjoyable summer evenings spent listening to my dad and Ted share stories while sitting in fresh cut hayfields, scoping clumps of grass and dirt waiting for the next woodchuck to pop up from his burrow. I owe Ted for dragging us to silhouette shoots and to woods walks throughout the summer, and for providing hours of entertaining conversation while plinking or flinging arrows at targets in the backyard.
I remember the three of us nearly filling the boat with our limit of lake perch, bass and walleye one hot summer day and each of us bagging Turkey (my first one) one mild November morning. I remember Ted huffing and puffing after finding a big old dead porcupine, and pulling him up a mountain in Scandia just to show me the quills on one in real life.
Ted always had stories to tell, wisdom and life lessons to share, and advice to offer. Ted will be greatly missed by the people that were fortunate to have known him and shared in his life, and I am grateful for the memories that he left with me over the years.
Our deepest sympathy to LeeRoy and Mary Ann and all the Kreider family.