Ted passed away on the morning of Oct. 8, 2017. Ted was with his five children when he passed, he was 82 years old. Theodore (Ted) Birkland was born in Billings on May 13, 1935. He was the second child, and the first son, of Dorthy and Thelmor Birkland.
He grew up in Silesia Montana and attended Laurel High School. He served in both the Navy and the Air Force. Ted and Shirley were married and had 5 children. They farmed south of Laurel until the early 80’s. Ted moved to Peerless, Montana, where he was a pillar in the local community working for the local schools for more than 30 years. Ted enjoyed the outdoors and loved hunting and fishing. His best bud was his cat Dude.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sisters June Hood and Trudy McArthur, and brother Noel Birkland; his children Janet Erb, Debbie Schreiner, Wayne Birkland, Darryl Birkland, Mike Birkland; his grandchildren Amanda Bouma, Alex Schreiner, Adam Schreiner, Alli Birkland, and Ted Birkland.
A memorial service celebrating Ted’s life will be held on Oct. 16, at 11 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Laurel. Following the service, Ted will be buried with Military Honors at the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Ted.