Ted Birdsell Obituary – The Arizona Republic

Ted Paul Birdsell was a devoted husband for 64 years, loving father of eight children, grandfather of 23 and great grandfather of 25. Ted was born on April 22, 1931 in Topeka, KS. He died on August 9, 2022 surrounded by his family in Arizona where he lived the last 50 years of his life. As an energetic and driven young man, he made his way to Washburn University where he met and married the love of his life, Mildred “Mitzi” Wanstrath. Their marriage on June 12, 1954 began a lifetime of loving commitment to each other and to their family. Ted was impressed all his life that this wonderful lady fell in love with him and married him. He was a devoted Catholic father and husband who supported his family as an officer in the United States Air Force. He flew many critical missions during the most dangerous years of the Cold War, logging thousands of flight hours in defense of our nation. Ted spent a long year serving in Thailand away from his family during the Vietnam War. The last 10 years of his career were spent in leadership positions at Luke Air Force Base. He retired in 1981 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and settled his family in Glendale, AZ. He is sadly missed and is survived by his children Diana Burkhardt (Ed), Larry Birdsell (Beth), Sharon Ricci (Mike), Steve Birdsell (Kay), Nancy Wetzel, Brad Birdsell (Ninie), Janice Busch (Butch), Michael Birdsell (Jen) and 48 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Mitzi Birdsell, his father Darrell Birdsell, his mother Nona Wagner and his sister Jerry Artzer. Funeral Rosary will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. followed by Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Louis the King Catholic Church, 4331 W Maryland Ave, Glendale, AZ on Tuesday, August 16. Interment will follow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, 23015 N Cave Creek Road, Phoenix at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be sent to Hospice of the Valley (hov.org) in Ted’s name.

Posted August 12, 2022

Posted in The Arizona Republic