Kenneth O. Teel, 69, of Meshoppen, PA died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Ocala, FL, after an illness. He and his wife, the former Connie Evans had been married for 50 years. He was born in Springville, son of the late Fay and Altha Squier Teel.
He was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church. A graduate of Elk Lake High School, class of 1961, he served as president of the Future Farmers of America and received the Star award. In 2007, Ken received the Wyoming/Lackawanna County Holstein Club “Hall of Fame” award. His farm was listed as a “Dairy of Distinction.” He was president of the Wyoming/Lackawanna County Farm Bureau, a director of the Ag Choice Farm Credit, the treasurer of the Wyoming County Holstein Club, a member of the Holstein Association, a director of the Genex Breeding Association, a director of the Susquehanna DHIA, a director of the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair, a member of the Wyoming Fair Dairy Committee.
He started the tractor pulls and kiddie tractor pulls at the Wyoming County Fair and was the president of the Wyoming County Pullers association. He was a member of the Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club and served as a director. He was a member of the Harford Fair Tractor Pullers Association. He was a seed dealer for Seed Way and several seed companies for over 20 years.
Ken loved farming and was well known and well respected for his knowledge and involvement in the trade and community. He was involved in showing many of his cows in the region. He was recently honored in Oct. 2012 by the governor’s office, the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives and given a special award by the Farm Bureau for his involvement and dedication to the farm industry.
He and his wife purchased their farm in Meshoppen in 1964 and have been avid farmers of registered Holsteins ever since.
He belonged to several bowling leagues in Tunkhannock and Montrose. In addition, he enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting and fishing, tractor pulling, watching NASCAR (favorite driver, Jimmy Johnson) and spending time with his grandchildren and teaching them about farming.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Glenn; a sister, Ruth States and his father and mother-in-law, Doug and Marge Evans.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Lisa Teel Smith of Meshoppen, Roger Teel and his wife, Brandy of Meshoppen, Duane Teel and his wife, Jennifer of Dimock and Jennifer Teel Bonavita and her husband, Stanley of Meshoppen, nine grandchildren: Darrin Smith and his girlfriend, Brittany, Derrick and Keaton Smith, Riley and Dalton Teel, Alex, Austin, and Autumn Bonavita and Richard Smith; three step-grandchildren: Paul and Jason Salmini, Alex Rummage; four great-grandchildren: Keegan Smith, Fenton, Trevor and Hunter Smith; a sister, Barbara Fuhrey and her husband, Bill of Springville; a brother, Cleo Teel and his wife, Gloria of Dimock, many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock with Rev. Thomas Mott of the Meshoppen Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Jersey Hill Cemetery, Auburn Township. Friends may call on Friday 2 to 4 and 6 to 9.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Git-R-Done Relay for Life Team, c/o Wyoming County Cancer Society, 8 Ironwood St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657, or the Dairy Committee of the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair, c/o Mrs. Charlotte M. Severcool, 6115 State Route 29, Springville, PA 18844.
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