Joseph Edward Tondreau, age 71 of Berwyn, passed away in his home Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. Joseph was born Dec. 19, 1940, at the family home in Mason City, to Lewis J. and Marjorie Ruth (Cox) Tondreau. He grew up in the Mason City area and attended Hopewell Grade School then went on to later graduate from Mason City High School in 1959.
He was well known by a couple different names, depending on where he was at the time. Some know him as Joe while others know him as Ed, however, knowing him and his sense of humor, he was probably known by several other names as well.
In 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Gwendolyn Jeanne Ryan. They made their home in Broken Bow and Ed worked at Becton Dickenson. To this union, two children were born; Gail Lynne and Richard Lewis.
In 1969, he married Sandra J. Stenzel. Not only did he gain a loving spouse, but two daughters as well, Tracie Dawn and Krysti Anne, to add to his growing family. To this union three more children were born; Jode Lee, Jerry Edward and Rita Louise. Both Rita and Jerry died in infancy.
Ed and Sandy resided in Scottsbluff while Ed drove a truck for Schwartzkopf Meats. Later they moved to Kearney where he worked at Eaton Corporation for 19 years until he retired in 1989. During the last years of being employed by Eaton, he also started his own trucking business, J.E. Tondreau Trucking. After leaving Eaton he drove a truck full time for another 15 years, retiring for good in 2004.
During his retired years he was able to take his fifth-wheel camper and spend one summer in Alaska and two winters in Arizona. Another highlight of his retirement was collecting and restoring John Deere Tractors. He enjoyed taking his tractors around to area tractor pulls, some he won and some he just enjoyed participating in. This last summer he was able to have a tractor parade in Berwyn with all of his tractors, children and grand-children. It was a day filled with pride and joy for him and enjoyed by all involved, creating many wonderful memories for everyone.
Joseph Edward was preceded in death by both his parents, Lewis and Ruth, and his only sibling, brother Richard, as well as two children, Jerry and Rita. He is survived by his children, Tracie and husband Steve Simpson of Lincoln, Gail and husband Kevin Kline of Delphos, Kan., Krysti and husband Greg Michl of Lincoln, Richard and wife Debbie (Klinkman) Tondreau of Broken Bow, Jode and husband Patrick Weidmann of Englewood, Colo.; grandchildren, Brittney, Hannah and Shelbie Simpson, Taylor, Sydney and Krysten Kline, Kasi, Nathan and Jared Michl, Joshua, Katie and Jacob Tondreau, and Austin and Logan Weidmann
Funeral services will be Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Broken Bow, with interment to follow at the Mason City Cemetery. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 8, 2012