Theodore A. Pydo passed away July 24, 2019 at the age of 94 at Oxford, FL. Ted was born on the family farm at Ojibwa, WI on March 12, 1925 to Martin and Katherine Pydo, Polish immigrants and Ojibwa pioneers, the youngest of 7 children. Ted attended the Ojibwa School system and worked with his father on their family farm for several years. Ted was married to Esther Karpowicz his childhood sweetheart on August 5, 1950 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Radisson, WI. Together they raised 2 sons Theodore Pydo of Butternut, WI and Thomas Pydo of Winter, WI. Ted worked at farming, trapping and logging until the mid 50’s. When that was no longer profitable he began working with Roger Grimm who started the first electric service in the Radisson area learning the construction trade followed by several years with L.J. McNulty in the Minneapolis area doing water and sewer construction. In the 60’s, Ted worked with Ray Madsen of Radisson as a bulldozer operator fine tuning his operating skills. One of many large jobs he worked on was the construction of Lake Winter. In the 70’s and 80’s Ted returned to work in the Twin City area for Carl Bolander and Sons as a union dozer operator. He was a proud member of local 49 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. While working in the Twin City area Ted and Esther joined the Polka Lovers Club of America, Minnesota chapter and enjoyed many years of dancing and going to polka festivals around the area receiving many awards including their 1st place trophy from the Wisconsin State Polka Championship. In 1987 Ted retired and continued to live on the family farm in Ojibwa first doing a little logging and then upon being introduced to the game of golf by Father Hugh Briody, he became an avid golfer joining local golf leagues. In 1996 following a serious bout with cancer, Ted and Esther following the advice of Ted’s doctor sold the farm and moved to Pennbrooke Fairways in Leesburg, FL where they enjoyed playing golf every day possible scoring many hole in ones in the process. In 2017 Ted and Esther moved to Mission Oaks, Oxford, FL an assisted living facility. Ted was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Katherine, brothers Frank, Walter and John, sisters Stella and Rose. Ted is survived by his loving wife Esther of Oxford, FL, his sister Adeline (Blaine) Pinkston of Patoka, IL, Sister-in-law Theresa Karpowicz of Hayward, WI, two sons Theodore (Darla) of Butternut, WI, Thomas (Patty) of Winter, WI two grandchildren and three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services are being held at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church Wildwood, FL with interment and graveside service to be held at a later date at the Radisson Cemetery Radisson, WI.
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