Ted Pederson, age 72, the most wonderful husband, father, grandpa and friend, died unexpectedly on Oct. 29, 2020, of complications from a massive heart attack.
Ted was born February 16, 1948 in Madison, SD, to Alvin and Ruby Pederson. Ted grew up in Chester, SD, where he graduated high school in 1966. Ted married Susan Hagg, his high school sweetheart, on January 25, 1969. Theirs was a love story for the ages. They were partners and best friends for 57+ years. Ted and Sue welcomed 2 daughters, Nicole and Gina.
Ted attended SDSU earning his Bachelor's in Pharmacy in 1971. He and Sue owned their own drug store, Pederson Drug, in Tripp, SD, from 1979-1989. Ted then became Pharmacy Manager at Pamida in Madison, SD, until 1999. They then moved to Chandler, AZ, where he became the Pharmacy Manager and District Manager for Basha's. They returned to South Dakota in 2008, where Ted worked as a pharmacist and retired in 2011.
Ted truly lived a life of integrity. Ted and Sue believed in their daughters and made them believe in themselves. Ted worried so much about the world and played an active role in making it better every day. He believed ALL people were equal and believed we should build a bigger table not a bigger wall. Ted's grandchildren were the apples of his eye, spending time with them daily.
Ted is survived by his wife, Sue Pederson; his daughters, Nicole Musfelt (Jess Holland) and Gina (Trent) Nelson, all of Rapid City; grandchildren, Ruby and Jace Musfelt, and Chase, Peyton and Finley Nelson; stepgrandchildren, Codi Koen, Becca Nelson and Hannah Nelson; his brother, sister and many other loved ones.
A private family Catholic ceremony will be held at Kirk Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, live-streaming available at 10:30am MDT at www.kirkfuneralhome.com. A public celebration of Ted's life will occur next spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the family will be directed to Corral Drive Elementary School teachers, who work tirelessly, and who have educated and cared for Ted's grandchildren. He believed those teachers are some of the best.