Sunday, December 21, 2008

Jack Tedrow 1926 - 2008

Jack A. Tedrow, 82, of Lake City, died on Dec. 20, 2008, at his home.

Jack Arthur Tedrow was born May 2, 1926 in Austin, to Roy and Sara (Mitchell) Tedrow. He attended elementary school in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1944. From June 1944 until June 1946 he served in the United States Navy, serving as a Signalman on the U.S.S. Nicholson. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., receiving his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in education. Jack taught in Bessemer, Mich. for two years, then taught band in the Austin Public School system until retiring in 1985.

He owned the historic Lansing Creamery Building, where he collected MoPar parts and classic automobiles for 43 years. For 17 years Jack played in the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, and also played in the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Jack was a charter member of Sheldon Theater Brass Band in Red Wing, Minn. He played in area dance bands, including Bobby Thompson Band, Rollo Sissel Band and Bob White Band. Jack sang in the Austin Westminster Presbyterian Choir and the Lake City First Congregational Church Choir. He was a member of Lake City and Austin’s VFW and American Legion Clubs; and a life member of the Austin Elks. He was a member of N.E.A., M.E.A., M.M.E.A. and the First Congregational Church Untied Church of Christ in Lake City.

Following retirement, Jack decided to go back to school taking a band instrument repair course at Red Wing Area Vo-Tech. He then owned and operated his Band Instrument Repair Business, operating in Austin, Stewartville and Lake City.

In 1990 Jack and Doris moved from Stewartville, Minn. to Lake City, Minn. Jack and Doris spent winters in Mesa, Ariz., where Jack played with various musical groups.

Jack is survived by his partner, Doris Benjamin, Lake City, Minn.; two sons, Peter Tedrow, Apple Valley, Minn. and David (Sharon) Tedrow, Farmington, Minn.; two daughters, Kimberly Ann Tedrow, Lincoln, Neb. and Kathryn (Brian) Knutson, Faribault, Minn.; brother, Jerome (Judy) Tedrow, New London, Minn.; six grandchildren and one great-grand-daughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lake City, with the Pastor David Badgley officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Memorials will be designated to music scholarships in Jack’s name. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, in Lake City, Minn.


Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

My heart goes out to you-thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
chris p

Maija said...

He sounds like a wonderful, amazing man! I am so sorry for your loss.

rscoach said...

Kim - so sorry for your loss - your Dad had a wonderful life from the postings - my thoughts and prayers go out to you and his family - I lost my Dad 26 years ago this past January and not a day goes by that I don't think of him - the connection is always there - and my Mom just lost her partner of 10 years in November -

I love that your Dad chose band instrument repair as his 2nd profession - as a long time band member all thru school (and now working with musicians in Los Angeles) I have a special heart connection to guys in that field - they seemed to be able to work magic on my clarinet and other instruments when it seemed all was lost - I like to think of them as the "magic man" - I know your Dad must have been that kind of guy too! again my thoughts and prayers go out to and your family at this difficult time - Reva (Los Angeles)