Ted Schaal --2010
Berthold (Ted) Schaal a lifelong Burlington, Colorado resident passed away on
Friday, April 16, Aurora Medical Center South in Aurora, Colorado after injuries
he sustained in an automobile accident April 2 which also took the life of his
wife Elma. They celebrated their 63 anniversary and his 88th birthday March 21,
2010 with all of his family present.
Ted was born in a
sod house north of Burlington, CO he was the first child of Jake and Emma (Strobel)
Schaal. He was baptized and confirmed at Hope Congregational Church, Bethune,
CO. He attended Emerson School 4 miles northwest of their home, he completed the
10 grade and later achieved his GED and only missed one question in the exam.
In 1945 Ted was inducted into the Army, first in the infantry, and then
transferred to MP duty. He Honorable Discharged. On March 2, 1947, Ted married
Elma Helen Gramm at her parents’ home. They had two children; Geneva Louise and
Clyde Joseph. Ted and Elma started their home ¾ of a mile from where he grew up
in a little white 3 room house .Ted and Elma worked side by side farming and
ranching their entire lives. Ted passion was raising cattle, he started his
ranch with registered Polled Herefords, as trends in marketing changed he also
change to registered Black Angus. They also raised wheat and sorghum crops for
cash income and to feed their cattle, he was a progressive farmer and rancher
who used methods to save the land. Ted was active in community as school board
member, Farm Bureau, Equity Co-op, and many other community activities. He was
also very active in their church, as Deacon, teacher and other committees, when
the tornado in 1993 destroyed their church he was one of many who put in long
hours building their new church building.
The enjoyments of his life were his family, deer hunting he got his last buck
this last fall at age 87. Ted and Elma traveled a lot in later years in their
Suburban as they drove to many parts of the US and Mexico. They also took 4 RV
trips with Geneva and John. Even though they turned the farm/ranch over to Clyde
and son Braden they remained interested and did what they could to be involved.
Ted and Elma lived in their home alone until the day of the accident.
preceded in death by his parents, his wife Elma He is survived son Clyde Schaal
and his wife Teresa of Burlington, daughter Geneva Troutt and her husband John
of Aurora, CO, five grandchildren and their spouses Babette Tsao and her husband
Freddie of Denver, CO, Justin Hudson and his wife Kari of Parker, CO, Brian
Lewis and his wife Melissa of Brighton, CO, Craig Schaal and his wife Candice of
Wray, CO, Braden Schaal and his finance Jenny Copple of Burlington, Ted also has
six great grandsons, Porter, Payton, Terrin Lewis, Thomas and Weston Schaal and
Lincoln Theodore Hudson . Ted is also survived by brother, Reverend Herbert
Schaal of Lodi, California. Two brother-in laws Lawrence Gramm of Bethune and
Edmund Gramm and his wife Esther of Bethune, one sister-in law Esther Corliss of