Edward Alvin Stutheit, but known to all as “Ted”, was the eldest son of Alvin Edward and Jean Cecilia Stutheit born in the Rimbey General Hospital on May 9, 1939. Ted passed away on April 6, 2021 at home with his wife by his side.
Ted was raised on a farm west of Rimbey where he later returned to farm the land and keep it in the family, celebrating 100 years of Stutheit Farms. He started school at Potter Creek, a local country school, and later went to school in Rimbey. Ted continued his formal education at SAIT in Calgary and received his Journeyman Automotive Mechanic certificate, but he was a true jack-of-all-trades as he could weld, build, and create almost anything! If he could imagine it, he found a way to make it work. Ted worked hard his whole life, starting at a young age with his first job working for Wild Construction building homes and running a backhoe digging waterlines for the Town of Rimbey. Then he went to work in the oil patch being a “jug hustler” on the seismic line. In 1960 Ted married the love of his life, Joan Muddle, and they enjoyed over 60 years together raising a family that consisted of two boys, Dean and Brent, and one daughter, Holly. Over the years, Ted worked at several garages in Rimbey refining and perfecting his mechanical skills that would continue to serve him well for the rest of his life, as he was very adept at fixing heavy equipment and farm machinery. Anything under his management was always in top working condition. Ted owned a successful construction business, building and maintaining lease sites and roadways and even worked on a grazing reserve and the Dickson and Big Horn Dam sites for hydro power generation. Later in life, Ted was able to enjoy a complete from-the-ground-up restoration of a 1939 Chevrolet Business Coupe. Finally retiring on his beloved family farm in 2019, he never really retired as there was always something to fix, a ride along to haul grain, trees that needed to be cleared, or land that needed to be drained. Ted worked tirelessly to always gain optimal productivity of the land. Ted was very generous and thought the world of his family; he was so very proud of all his children’s and grandchildren’s achievements … he wore them like a badge of honour as he reveled in each accomplishment as if it was his own, as the kids were all a part of him.
Ted is lovingly remembered and forever cherished by his beloved wife of 60 years, Joan Stutheit; his children, Dean (Phyllis) Stutheit, Holly Stutheit (Alfred Bold), and Brent (Glenda) Stutheit; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; his sister, Marilyn (Ray) Bosh; and many very special extended family members. Ted was predeceased by his parents, Jean and Alvin Stutheit; his brother, Jim Stutheit; his father- and mother-in-law, Spen and Ethel Muddle; brothers-in-law, James Evernden and Glenn Olson; and nephew, Brian Evernden.
In keeping with the provincial gathering restrictions at the time, a private Family Funeral Service was held at the Rimbey Christian Reformed Church on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend David Holmes officiating. Interment followed in the West Haven Cemetery, Rimbey. Condolence messages may be forwarded to the family by visiting: www.ofc-ltd.ca
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