Theodore J. "Ted" Luetmer, 42

Theodore J. “Ted” Luetmer, age 42 of Alaska and formerly of Meire Grove, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Meire Grove with Rev. Omar Guanchez officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church in Meire Grove.

Theodore Joseph Luetmer was born September 18, 1969 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Aloysius and Maureen (Heinen) Luetmer. He was raised on a farm near Meire Grove, and graduated from Melrose High School in 1988.

Ted’s path in life took him to San Diego, CA where he worked as a designer in a printing shop, and ultimately to Alaska where he fell in love with the adventures of working in the fishing industry. He was employed by Icicle Seafoods, Inc., managing a crew on the Bering Star Ship in Dutch Harbor. This job allowed him to work with people from all over the world and he made many good friends. Ted was on his way home for a visit when he unexpectedly passed away from an unknown heart condition.

Ted was adventurous, and traveled near and far, including trips to the Ukraine, Germany and the Dominican Republic. He loved his work but loved his family and friends back home too and made the trip to Minnesota whenever possible. His positive attitude and constant smile were always welcomed by everyone especially his nieces and nephews, who loved him dearly.

Survivors include his parents, Al and Maureen Luetmer of Grey Eagle; sisters and brothers, Mary (Rod Danielson) Monroe of Los Angeles, CA, Rose Pawlenty of Monticello, MN, Robert “Bob” (Amy) Luetmer of Big Lake, MN, Marty (Linda) Luetmer of Jordan, MN, Tony (Sheri) Luetmer of Meire Grove, MN, Patricia “Pat” Luetmer of San Diego, CA and Lois Luetmer of Los Angeles, CA; 14 nieces and nephews, Joe, Maggie, Julia, Nick, Tony, Vincent, Josie, Isabella, Mandy, Tony, Emmett, Zak, Makiya and Alex; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Ted, we love you and will miss you always.

Serving as urn bearer will be Joe Pawlenty. Cross bearer will be Makiya Luetmer and scripture bearer will be Alexandra Luetmer. Gift bearers will be Josie Luetmer, Julia Danielson, and Vincent Luetmer. Readers will be Mandy Carlson and Nick Luetmer. The eulogy will be read by Mary Monroe Danielson and Ron Westermeyer. Music for the Mass will be by Steve Pawlenty, Robert Luetmer, Joan (Toenies) Elton, and Gary and Pat (Meyer) Zwack.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.