Edwin T. “Ted” Countryman, 83, of rural Annawan, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at his home. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Mineral United Methodist Church. The Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate. A visitation will be one hour (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) prior to the memorial service at the church. Private inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials may be left to the Ted Countryman Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Edwin T. “Ted” Countryman, 83, of rural Annawan, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at his home. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Mineral United Methodist Church. The Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate. A visitation will be one hour (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) prior to the memorial service at the church. Private inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials may be left to the Ted Countryman Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Ted was born Aug. 27, 1934, in Casey, Iowa, the son of Clarence and Martha Mae (Johnson) Countryman. He married Karen Bengston Gilbraith. Ted worked for the former Boar Power Company, in Annawan, as site manager and sales man for more than 30 years, from which he retired. He raised Coon River Blueticks and Beagle dogs for showing and hunting for many years, and enjoyed spending time outdoors. Ted was a member of the hunting club, Coon River Blueticks, that would travel through Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin participating in various raccoon hunting competitions and pelt trading. Ted loved spending time with his friends and family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Karen; sons, Edwin Starr Countryman, of Georgia; David (Michelle) Countryman, of Florida; and Jason (Erin) Gilbraith, of Illinois; and his daughters, LuAnn (Brian) Burton, of Florida; and Diane (Robert) Catton, of Illinois. He also is survived by his 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Martha Mae; daughter, Cheri Gilbraith; two sisters and a brother.