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CRAIG E. TESCHKE

Craig E. Teschke, son of Edgar H. & Jane L. (Velzke) Teschke, was born on March 9, 1962 in Benson. After completing elementary education in Waseca, he grew into a 5'11" intelligent, athletic son, enjoying the competition of wrestling, track, and football during his high school days, graduating from Litchfield High School in 1980.

He made us proud again when chosen as a ROTC Navy Scholarship recipient at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1984 with a Civil Engineering Degree and a rank of Ensign in the Navy. He was commissioned as a Naval Officer in Newport, RI. After serving in the Navy in Charleston, SC, Jacksonville, FL, Dunoon, Scotland, the Persian Gulf, and Newport, RI, he retired from the service in 1992 as a Lieutenant.

Craig was now able to focus on his engineering skills working in Morris; Mobile, AL; Winsted; Norman, OK; and Sauk Rapids. On July 22, 1995, he married Kay Bakken in Bethel Lutheran Church, Herman and later they were divorced.

He died on November 9, 2013 in Aitkin County, MN while deer hunting with his friend. Visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 4-7 p.m. Interment and military rites will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. at assembly area 4.  Memorial service will be held at the Fort Snelling Chapel, St. Paul, on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 1 p.m.

Craig is survived by his parents; his brother, Daniel, Minneapolis; his sister, Paula (Bill) Hicks and nieces, Katie and Sarah, Eden Prairie; along with one uncle, Henry Roman, Conklin, MI and two aunts, Hilda Schafbuch, Faribault; and Ruth Poppe, Clay Center, KS, including his cousins.


 

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Name: Ron Baumgarner
Email: rbaumgarner@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday November 19, 2013

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I had the great pleasure of working with Craig in Norman, OK. I had much respect for Craig and found him to be a very competent engineer and a good friend. He will be missed.

Name: Jim & Val Snyder
Email: jsnyderlaw@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday November 13, 2013

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Dear Ed, Jane, Dan, Paula and family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Craig has been a constant in Jim's life since Jim & he met as undergraduates at the University of Minnesota. Jim and Craig had great adventures in college together with their mutual buddies. When we got married Jim wanted Craig to be in our wedding but he had shipped out and was in the middle of the Persian Gulf at the time. Jim was later a groomsman in Craig's wedding. Craig came to all of our get-togethers, especially Jim's annual St. Patrick's Day/birthday poker party. Craig even met up with us in Washington D.C. when we visited Ted Wackler and went to see the sights. Jim invited Craig to go deer hunting several years ago, when Craig tagged his first deer. This also became an annual event. Craig was never at a loss for words or ideas resulting in many long discussions about economics, politics, religion, self-reliance and other interesting topics. His discussions always included laughter from his quick wit. Craig was always ready to lend a helping hand whether it be a chauffer or lumberjack. Craig was a get up and go guy - always ready for the next adventure. We will miss Craig dearly. God must have needed a philosophizing engineer in heaven.

Name: Kay Hoernemann
Email:
Date: Wednesday November 13, 2013

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Thoughts and prayers to the family. I worked with Craig in Winsted. He always had a smile and kept us laughing. God Speed

Name: Jim Finnegan
Email: minnesotajf@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday November 13, 2013

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I will fondly and forever cherish my thoughts of Craig. Maybe some of my first impressions from early years stick with me the clearest. When Craig first showed at the door of “the house” at 1103 Fifth Street some 33 years ago for a scouting mission I recall being one of the first to meet him and telling the other guys…if we can get him, don’t room him with the other freshmen. This one seems less gangly, more cerebral and mature. + he’s a real Lutheran. No, his parents weren’t with him, so we’ve got a shot. I was a grad student, but instantly connected with the freshman. Anyone who came in contact with Craig did. His infectious smile instantly cemented relationships. Craig was blessed with the uncanny blend of brains, brawn & a sense of adventure…yet sensible. I think I may vaguely recall at one point the freshman guiding the grad student and tucking him in. Although rare, sometimes Craig’s toughness would get the better of sound judgment. “The cut is not that bad and the Health Center is probably closed at this hour. Stitch it up fella’s.” Whether his journeys took him far or he was close, there was always a connection. Craig was the guy we all lived vicariously through. With Craig, there was always the assumption that he will indeed do that someday. I will miss being able to pick up the phone and dial in Craig wherever he was…simply because I needed an instant pick me up. “Finney” he’d yell, and then we’d share our trials and tribulations. Craig, I’m in your area for a haircut. Meet at the Chili place? “Darn Tootin” he’d reply. You could always count on Craig to be helpful and decisive. Let’s call Craig. Craig won’t be hemming and hawing. Call him & that tree will be down in no time. He’ll know how to handle it. When I reach my next mountain-top, Craig, I’ll gaze up, and think of your smile. You will always be etched in our hearts. My blessings to your family. Pardon me… I mourn through my written musings. Jim Finnegan

Name: Ed & Jane Teschke
Email: westwood22@charter.net
Date: Wednesday November 13, 2013

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Mothers and fathers will always remember the birth of their children. Craig's birth was marked with anxiety and survival doubt, also a month later. And now his shortened life by what Scripture quotes, three score and ten, was marked with anxiety but no doubts that he will be remembered with fondness and love. We loved to hear him chuckle while expounding on his views, and if I, his mother, didn't hear those chuckles, I became concerned. Yes, I was concerned when we last visited him at WFSI on October 13 and showed us his new employment facilities. I saw tired eyes, not the sparkle I saw in July, but I knew he loved his work and always put in 110% no matter where he was employed. He called us on Thursday, November 7, and I didn't hear the chuckles again. I sent a last-minute e-mail to him on Friday, November 8, to thank him again for caring and sharing, telling him he had a caring heart and to bring home a steak for us. But he was brought home instead for us to remember that he was baptized in Christ and buried in our hearts. My last words on the phone were, "Love you, Craig", and he said, "Yup." We want to thank you for all your expressions of LOVE...Ed & Jane

Name: Tom Wilkowske
Email: tomwilkowske@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday November 12, 2013

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I amd sad to hear of Craig's passing ... hopefully there's some comfort in knowing he was doing something out in nature when he passed. We were close neighborhood buddies in those early years, and I was so sad to have to move away (although the timing is foggy now -- can't remember if the Teschkes moved before we moved to Morristown) ... There are too many memories to list here from those long-ago Waseca days -- from climbing trees and hiking in "the Second Woods" (by the railroad tracks) to Cub Scout projects and den meetings, go-karts, bikes with cards in the spokes, close calls with tornadoes, hot summer days and winter snow forts on 3rd Avenue S.E. God Bless you, Craig, your wife and the Teschke clan.

Name: Dichelle Happke
Email: dhappke@scarince.com
Date: Tuesday November 12, 2013

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I have only gotten the pleasure to have known Craig for a short time. He and I worked together at WFSI. But in that short while I learned that Craig loved his job and his work, he was a very dedicated employee. It was apparent that he genuinely cared about his work which was motivational. And in his conversation you could always find a complicated word that most people couldn't define. His intelligence showed and we respected him for that. Many evenings and weekends you could always find Craig in his office working diligently to get a project done. Very few times did he beat me out the door. I found myself at work late this evening and felt an overwhelming loneliness. I realized that Craig was gone; no goodbye or conversation about who would lock up and close up shop. On my way out I stopped in his office for memory sake and could still sense his presence. My thoughts and prayers are with Craig's family and friends to whom I have never met. I hope that if you have moments of overwhelming loneliness that you feel Craig's presence and God's grace, then and always. God Bless.

Name: Sheila Windingstad
Email: windinsj@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday November 12, 2013

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We are so saddened to hear of your loss. I worked with Craig at Kleespie Tank in Morris, MN years ago and enjoyed his sense of humor. I happened to run into him within the past couple of years and was happy to see he still had the same wit he had when we worked together. Know that you are in my prayers for comfort and peace.

Name: Sandra Ballenthin Van Erp
Email: sbvanerp@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday November 12, 2013

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Dear Jane and Ed, I share the prayer, pain, shock and sadness your family and friends have begun to share on this wonderful site. Gone too young, too soon. My daughters and I will hold you all close to our hearts and especially, our prayers. Love, Sandy

Name: Jean White Ludeman
Email: jludeman@mac.com
Date: Tuesday November 12, 2013

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Dear Jane and Edgar, I can't imagine the pain and sorrow you are experiencing at this time. My love and sympathy to you and your family. I think of the rides to Mankato with you, Jane often. I pray the Holy Spirit will give you comfort and His peace at this troublesome time. His love is with you as well as my prayers, God Bless Jean Ludeman

Name: Arlette Hogan
Email: jonlet9394@sbcglobal.net
Date: Monday November 11, 2013

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Dear Ed & Jane & family: My heart aches for you all.......What a shock........What should have been a fun time turned into a heart breaking ordeal & losing a family member, to young to soon. We at least know he he's gone on to be in the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ.....He will be rejoicing with all of his relatives who have gone on before him and now he will be watching over all of his own family.......Ed & I were in the same class at Morristown, Mn.........and we knew the Velske families as well........expressing our deepest sympathy to one & all, relatives & friends until we all meet together when the Resurrection claims us all to come to heaven.....Love & Prayers John & Arlette (Mensing) Hogan

Name: Ruth Hansa Birch
Email: birchruth7@gmail.com
Date: Monday November 11, 2013

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Dear dear Uncle Ed, Aunt Jane Dan, Paula, Bill, Katie and Sarah, ..I have in the past many years recalled moments of Craig's amazing dry humor,,,any time I was around him there would be at least one quip that made me laugh until I cried...we glimpsed it early, on the cousin train trip to visit in Montevideo.Craig and his new shoes. Of course Linda Marilynn and I could not stop laughing at his antics as he pushed his fingers up his nostrils and blew out. This at the dinner table. Aunt Jane turned his high chair around so he was facing away from the table. This did not stop Craig. He turned around in the chair and continued to entertain us Fortunately for all of us his humor and our appreciation matured over the years, although that first encounter will always make me smile. His bright wit and contagious laugh will be in my heart forever. Thank you for giving Craig to the world. He left us too soon, but I am sure he and Uncle Jim are sharing some laughs and he has been welcomedto eternity with open arms... You are in my thoughts and prayers........Ruthie