Theodore “Bud” Untiedt, 87, Fillmore, California, died in Fillmore Jan. 3, 2016, as the result of a stroke.
The family will gather in mid-March for a celebration of his life.
Theodore Untiedt was born June 6, 1928, to Harry William and Gertrude Untiedt in Luverne. He graduated from Hills High School in 1946. He first worked at Gurensey Dairy until he joined the U.S. Navy in April 1948. He served in Guam and in the Korean War until 1952.
After his years in the Navy, he joined a television school and pursued a career in TV engineering for more than 45 years. His first position was at KCET in Santa Barbara, California. A year later he took a job in Burbank, California, working in a Kiniscope recording field. For many years he worked the Academy Awards. He married Pat Cheney in 1978.
He received many prestigious awards including an Emmy for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. He medically retired from ABC in 1985.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Untiedt, Fillmore, California; a son, Bruce (Jennifer) Untiedt and their son Tanner, Canyon Country; a daughter, Judy (wife Cate) Untiedt, Tucson, Arizona; a stepson, Bob (Vicki) Cheney, Moorpark, California; a granddaughter, Jackie (Victor) Gurrola, Fillmore, California; a grandson, Scott Cheney, Blythe, California; several great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; many nieces, nephews and cousins from the Minneapolis area; two estranged daughters, Karen Untiedt and Susan Fischmann and two granddaughters.
Memorials are preferred to Santa Paula Animal Rescue at 705 E. Santa Barbara St., Santa Paula, CA 93060, or to a charity of choice.