Theodore Julius Waskosky, 93, of Elbow Lake, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at the Pioneer Care Center in Fergus Falls.
He was born to Theodore Ferdinand and Lulu Beatrice (Eggelston) Waskosky in Faribault, Minn., on July 7, 1916. He attended school in Henning until the age of 13. He then went to work as a well driller with his father. He had a time of employment at the Postal Service in Vining. He retired as a well driller in the village of Erdahl, Minn. He married Helen Christine Anderson on Aug. 25, 1941, in Brownton, Minn. They were married for 65 years before Helen passed away on Jan. 5, 2007. He joined the Army on July 10, 1942. He belonged to Company A of the 97th Signal battalion. During his military tour, he served time in central Europe in Rhineland, Germany and the Ardennes region of France as a cable splicer during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star and a medal of good conduct. He served on various boards throughout his life, including the Minnesota Water Well Association and Park Region Telephone Co., and was an active member of the American Legion. It was well known that he was a strong man. He could climb a rope hand over hand without using his feet and do several one handed pushups in his 40s. He also learned to water ski when in his 40s, which was one of his great accomplishments. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid whist player and loved to throw horseshoes. He enjoyed dancing, especially square dancing with Helen. He and Helen also enjoyed traveling and spent several winters in Arizona after retiring. His greatest joy was playing his fiddle for family and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Nidaros Lutheran Church, rural Clitherall, with the Rev. Harry Olson officiating. Casket bearers were Kyle Waskosky, Ben Waskosky, Carter Griffith, Jason Endreson, T J Waskosky and Mike Waskosky. The Belmont Funeral Home in Henning (www.belmontfuneral.com) was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Phi Lohre (Marvin) Griffith, Minneapolis; sons, Tee (Tammy) Waskosky, Erdahl, Minn., Mark Waskosky, Fergus Falls, and Shedd (Kristine) Waskosky, Salasaca, Ecuador; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Myrtle Leitch, Underwood, Minn., Rose Thorson, Henning, Minn., and Doris (Harold) Brekke, Billings, Mont.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; parents; and brothers, Roy, Woodrow, Clifford and Martin.