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Ted Walrich

Ted Walrich

Saturday, October 1st, 1938 - Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
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COLTON – Ted Walrich, 81, peacefully passed away Sunday morning, February 2, 2020 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Ted was born in Thawville, Illinois on October 1, 1938, the son of the late Benjamin and Phyllis (Allen) Walrich. He attended and graduated from Armstrong High School and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1961. While in high school, he met the love of his life, Peggy Vinson; they married June 1959 in Collison, Illinois.

After college, they moved to Waukegan, Illinois and he worked for Outboard Marine Corporation for a few years. They then moved to Taylorville, Illinois where he operated and built a boat business for over 10 years. They moved to Colton in 1979 to go into the Christmas tree growing business and the maple syrup making business. He also made flooring and paneling out of his kiln dried lumber. While in Illinois, they both achieved their pilot’s license and owned and flew two different planes. He was an avid hunter in his early days but his biggest passion of life was snowmobiling with his wife and family for over 50 years. They both traveled to Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming for the sport as well as traveled many miles through the Adirondacks.

Ted is survived by his wife of 60 years, Peg; his children, Tim (Beth) of Nashville; Tom (Lisa) of Dallas; Kris (Aaron) Armstrong of Oswego; and Kari of Dallas; his grandchildren, Matthew, Kaitlyn, Morghan, Mason, and Dylan; and two great grandchildren, Lilah and Kinley. He is also survived by a sister, Joanne Kynast of Atlanta; his sister-in-laws, Vicki Clark and Marilyn Walrich; and seven nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his oldest son, Todd; his brother, Glenn; and his brother-in-law, Charles “Bud” Vinson.

A private memorial service will be held later at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Potsdam United Methodist Church, Colton Rescue Squad, or Pierrepont Fire Department.
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Vicki Clark

Posted at 07:53pm
The love for his family was one of the most endearing of Ted's qualities. He was proud of his decades long marriage and of his children's accomplishments.
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Martha hartle

Posted at 08:51am
Dear Peg and family, I pray for your peace of heart as you grieve your loss of Ted. - Martha Hartle
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carol bisonett

Posted at 08:41am
Peg and family, we didn't know Ted for very long but enjoyed visiting with him and listening to his stories. we will miss seeing him at Doug and Penny,s. May time help with your loss. Steve and Carol B.

Penny Phillips Ayers

Posted at 06:36pm
To the walrich family,our hearts are broken to lose such a great friend ,neighbor an snowmobiling buddy. The stories he shared with us will all ways be remembered an forever in our hearts. His daily visits will be a big void i our home. He made us both feel like family all way including us in dinner dates an family snowmobile rides. Ted was like our adopted dad an peg our adopted mom. Ted was a great man an amazing knowledge shocked me at times. We loved spending time with him.may the angels carry him to heaven on a Yamaha snow sled,ride high my beloved friend. You will truly be missed in our home

Ellen Nesbitt

Posted at 03:04pm
Tim, Tom, Kris, Kari, Peg, and the entire extended Walrich family:
My sincere condolences to you all, and hugs during this difficult time. Remember all the wonderful times and great love you all have for each other.
Sincerely,
Ellen (Ballou) Nesbitt
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