Theodore A. Pydo passed away July 24, 2019, at the age of 94 at Oxford, Florida.
Ted was born on the family farm at Ojibwa on March 12, 1925, to Martin and Katherine Pydo, Polish immigrants and Ojibwa pioneers, the youngest of seven 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 Aug. 5, 1950, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Radisson. Together they raised two sons, Theodore Pydo of Butternut and Thomas Pydo of Winter.
Ted worked at farming, trapping and logging until the mid-1950s. When that was no longer profitable he began working with Roger Grimm, who started the first electric service in the Radisson area. Ted learned the construction trade, then worked for several years with L.J. McNulty in the Minneapolis area doing water and sewer construction. In the 1960s, 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 and receiving many awards, including their first-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, Florida, where they enjoyed playing golf every day, possibly scoring many holes-in-one in the process. In 2017 Ted and Esther moved to Mission Oaks, Oxford, Florida, 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, Florida; his sister, Adeline (Blaine) Pinkston of Patoka, Illinois; sister-in-law, Theresa Karpowicz of Hayward; two sons, Theodore (Darla) of Butternut and Thomas (Patty) of Winter; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are being held at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Wildwood, Florida, with interment and graveside service to be held at a later date at the Radisson Cemetery in Radisson.