Theodore S. “Ted” Bjerke of Walla Walla died March 17, 2013, at age 98.
The memorial service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 628 Lincoln St., Walla Walla.
Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Christian Aid Center or a charity of the donor’s choice, through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362
Mr. Bjerke was born Dec. 19, 1914, at the farm home near Sharon, N.D. He graduated from what is now North Dakota State University before marrying Gladys Moe, on March 16, 1940, in Finley, N.D. They celebrated their 65th anniversary before her death. Ted worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, then returned to this career with the USDA. The family moved to Walla Walla in 1949, and he had been active in the community and at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Ted is survived by one daughter, Gail (John) Eilmes; two sons, Mark (Sally) and Bruce (Jill); five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.