CEYLON – A funeral service for Theodore “ted” Roosevelt Kittleson, 101, of rural Ceylon, Minnesota, will be held on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Trimont, Minnesota. Burial will be at Lake Belt Cemetery in rural Ceylon, Minnesota.
Theodore “ted” Kittleson left that world behind on Wednesday morning, April 20, 2022 at his daughter’s home in Fairmont, Minnesota. God gave him wings so he could fly like he always dreamed of. The visit for Ted will be on Sunday, April 24, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Kramer family funeral home in Trimont, Minnesota and one hour before Monday’s service at the church. Please share a memory of Ted with his family by signing his online guest book, or view his video tribute or recorded service on his obituary page at www.kramerfuneralhome.
Theodore “ted” Roosevelt Kittleson was born on August 29, 1920 at his parents’ home in Lake Belt Township, Martin County, Minnesota and died on April 20, 2022 at his home in Fairmont, Minnesota at the age of 101 years, 7 months and 22 days. Ted was one of 12 children and the fourth of six sons born to Gilbert and Anna (Poppe) Kittleson. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school, where he completed 8th grade. Heavily influenced by western music on the radio, particularly Wilf Carter, Ted taught himself to yodel and bought his first guitar at age 17. Ted met the love of his life, Opal Marie Morgan, while working for his older brother Herbert. Ted and Opal married on December 31, 1946, celebrating more than 75 years of marriage. They worked farms in Fox Lake and Lake Belt townships, raised crops, cattle, a few chickens and 8 children. Ted sang with Millie and the Saddle Pals on the radio at local festivals and he continued to sing throughout his life, entertaining residents of assisted living and nursing homes until he was in his 100s. He built tractors, trailers, a tent camper, a folding stage and two bridges. He designed horseshoe sculptures and restored windmills. To promote local history, he helped found Heritage Acres in Fairmont, devoted much of his time and effort to this farm, and organized music and harvest festivals. He took great joy in his large family and was particularly fond of sharing music. A humble, generous and kind man, Ted left a lasting legacy that we should cherish. Ted is survived by his children Barbara (Gary) Schmidt, Bob (Mary) Kittleson, Billye Jane Kruse, Betty (Tom) Egan, BonnieSue Bennett, Cindy Bee Nelson, Bryon (Kristy) Kittleson, Biny Lou (Jim) Claussen; 23 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren; siblings Norman (Penny) Kittleson, Evangeline Barber and Esther O’Sell; sister-in-law Shirley Kittleson; along with many other relatives and friends. His wife Opal preceded him in death; his parents; brothers Herbert (Fee), Enoch (Margaret), Truman (Millie) and Gilbert; Sisters, Frances, Fern, Nina, Ann (Jim) Scholl; brother-in-law, Wayne Barber and Jon O’Sell; Sons-in-law, David Nelson, Dan Bennett and Joel Kruse. Instead of flowers, Ted’s family prefers a memorial: Heritage Acres managed by: 143 Linden Dr., Fairmont, MN 56031. Have fun until we meet again.