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Theodore "Ted" McNinch

Died: Thu., Feb. 13, 2014


Visitation

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Feb. 20, 2014
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home & Cremation Service


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Feb. 21, 2014
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home


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STEVENSVILLE – Ted McNinch, 87, entered into eternal rest surrounded by his family on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. He was born into this life on May 19, 1926, in Lima to Leslie and Annie McNinch. During his school-age years, which were spent near Lima and Dell, Ted developed a lifelong love and talent for working with horses. Ted used these talents to serve his country during the Korean War, in which he served in the mule pack division, making rank as a corporal. Following his time in the military, Ted returned to Beaverhead County working at the Johnson Saddle Shop in Dillon. It was during this time that Ted met his wife of nearly 60 years, Joan Wenger. They married on Sept. 5, 1953. In 1955, Ted’s strong work ethic and pioneer spirit took him from the ranches of the Beaverhead to the timber of the Bitterroot Valley, where he, Joan, his daughter Maggie and son Jim started the Bass Creek Post and Pole Plant. The family eventually sold the post and pole plant to start another business in Bass Creek Logging. During his years as a logger, Ted’s family and crews learned from his example the value of honest, hard work as he oftentimes worked the longest and hardest hours on any job. (In addition to being an incredibly hard worker, Ted was a tremendous visionary, evident in the construction of one of the first de-limbing machines used in the logging industry.) Although Ted took pride in his work, he took greater pride in working alongside his family, which he was able to do for most of his life. He found great joy in a job well done and he found significant meaning in a job well done with family. The seemingly meaningless tasks of everyday life found meaning when they were done with or for his family. Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Annie McNinch; his brother, Dick; and his daughter, Maggie. He is survived by his wife, Joan; son, Jim (Kari); six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. A public visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Whitesitt Funeral Home. A celebration of Ted’s life will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will follow at the Riverside Cemetery and a reception for family and friends will follow at the Stevensville United Methodist Church.

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Ken Karlson
   Posted Fri February 21, 2014
Jim, Kari, & Joan.....Our deepest sympathies for your loss. We have some very fond memories and ultimate respect from haying with Ted at the Ruffato ranch through the years. Once again - Our thoughts & feelings....Ken & Ree

Stephanie Hoblitt
   Posted Fri February 21, 2014
To the McNinch Family: My sympathies are to all of you for the loss of Ted. The McNinch family was a stable part of our growing up days..kids going to school, fathers conferring over the events of the times, our mothers sharing recipes..whatever event was happening in the area, we could be assured that our neighbors, the McNinch's, would participate. How times change when we grow up. Be assured that those special times remain with us.

Tami & Chris
   Posted Sat February 22, 2014
Kari, Jim, and Family~
We are thinking of you, hoping you find comfort in happy memories, and so glad you have each other for support.

Best wishes

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