Theodore “Ted” Mellema, age 75, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, surrounded by family.
Ted was born on April 25, 1945, in Artesia, California, to Andrew and Gertrude (Kooi) Mellema. He graduated in 1963 from Lynden Christian High School where he enjoyed playing basketball and baseball.
On April 12, 1966, Ted married his high school sweetheart, Clarice Ann Dykstra. Together they bought a dairy farm near Sumas, where they milked Holsteins and raised their five children. After 25 years of farming, they purchased a home in Lynden. It was then that Ted started working for Ferndale Ready Mix and excelled in sales and service for over 20 years. In his off time, Ted would help at Gillies Funeral Home when needed.
Ted was outgoing, a friend to everyone he met, and he looked forward to coffee time with his buddies and siblings. He was mischievous and stubborn, yet very caring. A particular passion of Ted’s was playing fastpitch softball. The family has many fond memories of weekend tournaments during the summer.
Ted loved his family. He enjoyed attending all of Lynden Christian’s sporting events and watching his children and grandchildren compete in their activities. He missed his beloved Clarice after her death in 2004.
Ted was preceded in death by his wife, Clarice; his parents; brothers-in-law Richard Schweigert, Fred Bierlink and Doc Zylstra; sisters-in-law Shirley Maxwell and Doris Vander Haak; and infant granddaughter Erica Kay Mellema.
Ted is survived by his children: Melinda and Dan Kaemingk and sons Cody, Jordan and Dylan; Rick and Jennifer Mellema and children Taylor, Jade, Abby, Luke, Emily, Sam and Blakely; Mark and Christina Mellema and children Max and Talia; T.J. and Shannon Mellema and children Blake (Kenzie), Courtney, Alivia and Mayson; and Joey and Angela Mellema and children Madison, Kayden, Mikayla, Kaleb, Ellie and Bentley. He will be greatly missed by siblings Shirley Bierlink, Betty Schweigert, Joyce Zylstra, Dick (Esther) Mellema, Tony (Cindy) Mellema, Andrew Jr. (Barb) Mellema and Barb (Bob) Iaconetti; brother-in-law Dale Dykstra; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
You are invited to Sumas Christian Reformed Church for Ted’s memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. A private family graveside service will precede at Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lynden Christian Schools.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.