Theodore Gathman, age 83, of New Rockford, ND, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018, surrounded by his family at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford.
Theodore Gathman, age 83, of New Rockford, ND, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018, surrounded by his family at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 8 from 1 - 5 p.m. in Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford and continuing from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Church. Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. with Vigil at 7 p.m. all in St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford. Funeral Service will be Monday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. in St. John’s Catholic Church. Burial in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford. Theodore Franklin Gathman was born on June 26, 1934, in White Earth, ND, the son of Theodore and Bernice (Zimmerman) Gathman. He grew up in Berthold, ND, and attended school there until his graduation in 1952. Theodore met the love of his life Patricia Leintz in Anamoose, ND and was united in marriage on Nov. 10, 1957, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Berthold, ND. Together, they made their life in Berthold for two years. During that time they had two sons, Rodney and Kevin. They then moved to Warwick, ND, where they had a son, David. In 1967, the family moved to New Rockford where they had their daughter, Lisa. In Dec. of 1974, they moved to Minot, ND, and in 1978, they moved to Conrad, MT; four months later they moved back to New Rockford, where they have resided since. Ted worked for a few different elevators throughout his lifetime. He managed the Farmers Elevator in Warwick and was manager at Peavey Elevator Co. in three different locations. He then purchased Peavey Elevator in New Rockford which was operated under G&R Grain and Feed and retired in 1997. Ted enjoyed fishing, sporting events, music, and any thing that kept him outdoors. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was known for sharing his love of ice cream with anyone that he encountered. He will be remembered for his gift of conversation. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia, New Rockford; his sons, Rodney (Myrna), Minot, Kevin (Lisa), Devils Lake and David (Deneen), Bismarck, ND; his daughter, Lisa (Lonnie) Thompson, New Rockford; 12 grandchildren, Derek (Megan) Gathman, Alyssa (Josh) Worrall, Shane (Keshia) Gathman, Andrea (Tyler) Mund, Devin Gathman, Courtney Gathman, Katelyn Thompson, Ashley Gathman, Alexa Gathman, Jacob (Mikki Erstad) Gathman, Amber Gathman, Hunter Thompson; five great-grandchildren, Rhett, Colter, Benson, Kyson and Thea with two more great-grandchildren on the way. Theodore is also survived by his siblings, George, Jean (Francis) Hennessey, Judy (Bob) Schwehr, Kenny (Ardyce), Jim (Teresa), Gary (Laurie), Steve (Kim), Mary Kurtz; sister-in-law, Virginia Gathman; brothers-in-law, Vergil Mosser and Galen Leintz and many nieces and nephews. Theodore was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathy Mosser; brother, Frank Gathman; sisters-in- law, Marian Miller, Louise Leintz, Joyce Leintz, Patricia L. Gathman, Francis Leintz; brothers-in- law, Lloyd Miller and Marvin Leintz. Online condolences may be sent at www.EvansFuneralHomeND.com.