Ted Fisher Kreider, 69

December 17, 2023

Ted Fisher Kreider was born on December 1, 1954 & passed away on December 17,2023 at the age of 69 from pancreatic cancer! Ted grew up in Southern Lancaster County, son of Mary & Robert Kreider. The family moved to Clearwater Beach, Florida for Robert’s health but traveled back & forth to PA over the course of the next several years, returning permanently to PA when Ted was 12 or 13 years old! He graduated from Penn Manor high school, class of 1971 on a Friday and immediately went to work on Monday!

Ted worked for Charlie Kaufman as a carpenter where he honed his woodworking skills! He moved on to PPL working in various positions, including lineman, lineman leader, foreman and eventually supervisor! Ted was exceptional at his job, especially since he is a perfectionist! Eventually, the guys who worked for him, tried to live up to his expectations which they lovingly called TSA~ Teddy’s Seal of Approval!!!

Ted retired from PPL at the age of 59 1/2 in March 2014 after working there 35 years!

In his 20’s Ted played fast pitch softball for the Southern End Church League. He also loved to ski and was an avid hunter~Spring cobbler season was his favorite!

Upon arriving home from school one rainy afternoon, Ted told Carol he had something he wanted to talk to her about! He proceeded to say he did not want to upset her …. and by now had her full attention! He announced he wanted to start doing triathlons at the ripe young age of 60! He was not a strong swimmer, and with the help from a friend starting swimming laps in the pool at CCHS! He then went on YouTube and was intrigued by the TI (total immersion) style of swimming! , Ted perfected this and went on to complete in five sprint triathlons over the course of the next five years!

Ted excelled at everything he touched! His work/life philosophy was “it’s not knowing how to do something but wanting to do it” & then completing it to the satisfaction of perfection! There was nothing Ted couldn’t do once he decided on a specific endeavor! For example, when we decided to change our pool from a chlorine to a saltwater pool, Ted went on YouTube watched the video several times & saved us thousands of dollars and again performing this skill to perfection! When our TV capacitor went out~ Ted found this to be a challenge & after purchasing the tiny component that cost less than two dollars, he proceeded to dismantle the motherboard, solder the little piece in place then reassembled it. That TV worked for several more years! Again, it’s not knowing how to do something, but wanting to do it was his philosophy!

When we renovated our last home, the contractor allowed Ted to work with him side-by-side! Ted completed projects such as laying the wood floors on the entire first level all within one weekend to fit into the contractor’s schedule! When it came time to renovate the kitchen, he tiled the backsplash, dropped the new stove in and vented it to code! Ted continued to teach himself the art of tiling to complete our master bathroom! He installed the Italian tile and heated Italian tile floors again to perfection! By that time, our contractor wanted to hire him!

As recent as last year, we began renovating our condo at Lake Norman. Ted masterfully took out the old fireplace ~ tiled the wall and put in an electric fireplace ~ all to perfection… all in one weeks’ time ~ while he was fighting Covid! Again, there is nothing Ted could not do!

Ted had several other hobbies that included wood carving, pottery, kayaking, painting, tiling, and building beautiful live edge tables to name a few! While carving a bass fish for a close friend~ he started with a chunk of bass wood~ and as he put it, “the next thing I knew I had a fish in my hands!” Once he mastered any project to his satisfaction, he would look for the next challenge!

Ted loved boats & being on the water! He was an amateur bass fisherman! He loved to travel to North Carolina to our condo on Lake Norman as well as Topsail Island, & other destinations which included the ocean, gulf or any area with a body of water!

Ted was a humble man~ a generous man~ a God fearing/loving man! Although he & Carol chose not to have children, they had fur babies! Ted loved all of their fur babies but Sullivan, Sully is/was his favorite~ to the point when Ted would walk in from work or wherever he’d been~ he’d kiss/love his boy, Sully…then Carol! When Sully passes, his ashes will join Ted’s in his urn!

Ted & Carol would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in June!

He is survived by his wife, Carol (Lititz); his brother, Robert Kreider ( wife, Sue) Conestoga, PA, Jack Jones, brother-in-law, Moscow, PA; Nancy Schwenk, sister-in-law (Husband~ Ray) Elmhurst, PA; Bonnie, sister-in-law (Dave~ partner) Harrisburg, PA as well as numerous nephews and a niece, & great niece and nephews!

There aren’t words to describe this loss! If you knew Ted you are lucky & are aware of the gift Heaven has gained! Ted knew the path he would take to Heaven; he courageously was at peace from the beginning of his journey!

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the Kreider’s would ask you make a donation to ABBCI, who provided exceptional care & comfort to Ted & Carol! Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, or The Lancaster General Health Foundation, 2110 Harrisburg Pike, Suite 205, Lancaster, PA 17601 – or to the Humane League of Lancaster County,, in honor of Ted Kreider ~

Ted now rests in peace, having joined his parents, former fur babies, and close friends whom preceded him in death!

A Celebration of Ted’s Life will be held at 4PM on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at the Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. Family and friends will be received from 2PM until the time of service.

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January 03, 2024

   We are sad to hear of Ted’s passing but are greatful to have been able to follow you both on CarinigBridge.  God bless you in this time of sorrow.  Connie and Don Kreider

January 03, 2024

I was so sorry to learn of the loss of Ted. We knew each other from working together at Holtwood and the Lancaster Service Center. I felt fortunate to know and work with Ted. God Bless you in this time of sorrow.
Ken Houck

January 02, 2024

Dear Carol, 
I am so,so sorry for your loss. Teddy and I worked together. We spent time together hunting and snowmobiling. I lost track of Teddy after I retired in ’03 and moved to Lewes De anf finally to St James City Florida in 2022. Teddy lived life to the fullest.  He will be solely missed by many.
May he rest in peace 
Bert and Penny Long 

December 31, 2023

I was so sorry to hear about Ted’s death. I was so fortunate to have cared for him. He was a delight.  I send my sincerest sympathy to you for this profound loss.
Stephanie Mackey

December 27, 2023

So very sorry for your loss. Ted did live life to the absolute fullest- thank you for sharing his true love of life. Wishing Carol, Sully and your families God’s wonderful love, peace and comfort always- As you will miss Ted always. Love, Karen and Jim Ober

December 26, 2023

So sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. Pancreatic cancer is awful and it sounds like he fought for a long time. What a fabulous full life. Peace to you Carol. 
April Norman

December 23, 2023

i was so sorry to hear of your loss. I didn’t know you, but I always noticed the 2 of you when you were shopping. I thought how amazing the  2 of you looked together. What a beautiful tribute written about him. May his love for life continue to shine through you God Bless Carol Ziegler

December 23, 2023

In this sorrowful time, we wound like to extend to you our heartfelt condolences… May our Lord comfort you…
Dottie, Gia, Beth and Wade

December 22, 2023

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I don’t know what to say, but just know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. The world was a better place for having your husband in it. 
Sue Weiser

December 22, 2023

Carol, we were both sad to hear about this. We have had good times and lots of laughs when we have met together. Frank and Debi Cerynik

December 21, 2023

Oh, Carol…I am so very sorry to hear about Ted!  You two were so happy everytime I saw you!  I know how much you loved each other just by seeing you together.  I used to run into you both with Karen Hampton at Scooters.  Heaven definitely gained another wonderful soul.   Anitra Hampton

December 21, 2023

Carol, I can’t begin to imagine how you are feeling but I do know that you were a terrific couple with a seemingly wonderful life together. Charlie and I always enjoyed Ted’s company , a truly genuinely nice man. This might be weird but the thing that always stood out to me was that he had the nicest feet of any man I’d ever seen. He’d laugh when I’d tell him that, and I told him quite a few times. He might have thought I was wacko , who knows? But it was true! He was amazing Carol and I’m wondering who is going to cook for you? He really could do it all! I love you Carol. Your faith and zest for life spirit will help get you through this. He was loved and you showed him that. Ted will be missed. We will get together one of these days. Take care .
Love Wendy and Charlie

December 21, 2023

Carol, I know you are shattered by the loss of the love of your life. I am sorry is such an inadequate way to describe how I feel for you at this time. To know Ted was really an honor and he will be missed by so many people. The above obituary is a wonderful tribute to a truly kind and gentle man, who put other before himself. I will forever be so touched and humble by the love and prayers you gave my grandson, Chase. Love you both 🧡 Julie Sultzbach

December 21, 2023

Carol and family,
Our condolences and prayers are with you on Ted’s passing. We were fortunate to meet and enjoy some time with Ted and Carol. He will be missed but he enjoyed a wonderful life. Tom and Sharon Kennedy.

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Lititz, PA 17543
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