Ward Franklin Twedt

July 24, 1945 - December 28, 2023

Service: Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Ward Franklin Twedt, age 78, died Thursday, December 28, 2023 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital, Canton, SD.  Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Ward was born on July 24, 1945 to Franklin and Lela (Lund) Twedt in Canton, SD.  He graduated from Canton High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree is Art from the University of South Dakota.   He was a lifetime member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.  He had the art studios of Northwind Welding Works, Dakota Arts and W. Franklin T. Studio, all where he made welded art designs.  He also farmed on the family farm south of Canton.  Welding, auto mechanics, race cars and motorcycles were his favorite pastimes.

He and his wife, Elizabeth, were married on April 1, 1990 at Lands Lutheran Church, Hudson, SD, and they lived in Canton, SD.

Ward is survived by his sister, Gail (Gerald) Fenske; step-daughter, Cathy (Blaine) Olseth; step-grandchildren, Serena Sterling, Isabel Sterling and Lincoln Olseth; niece, Tara (Jerry) Stubbe; nephew, Erik (Tamela VanKalsBeek) Scott; and his dog Ohlin along many relatives, cousins and friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Elizabeth Twedt.

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  1. Jim & Marlene Aasheim on December 29, 2023 said:

    Sorry for your loss. You have our sympathy.

  2. John Wenande on December 30, 2023 said:

    Ward was a college pledge brother and friend dating back to our first introduction in 1967. He was a kind, talented, smart, and very unique individual. We all have many wonderful memories of Ward and his always late arrival at gatherings and his keen observations on the world around us. Rest in peace with Liz by your side, good friend, and say hi to Blackie and Saukie too.

  3. Dana P Engelstad on December 30, 2023 said:

    Ward Twedt … Kind gentleman. Best Friend. True and honored Brother of Sigma Aloha Epsilon fraternity.

    I’ll miss you, Twedter … See you on the the other et side …


  4. Paul and Kim VDT on December 31, 2023 said:

    Prayers to all

  5. Kirk & Brenda Hanson on December 31, 2023 said:

    You have our deepest condolences

  6. Paul Nordlie on January 1, 2024 said:

    Ward was a unique individual and multi talented artist that made our conversations fun and informative on many levels.

    Although I lived a stone’s throw away I’ll admit that I didn’t know him well but had the privilege of working with him on a painting/stenciling project for our shop, the JFNordlie Co.

    In that short span of time one could certainly see his dedication towards arts, skill and craft.

    The community will morn the loss of a truly talented individual and I will miss the conversations we shared on Motorsport and art.

  7. Noreen Thorson Aadland on January 4, 2024 said:

    I was quite saddened to hear about Ward’s passing . He was a childhood friend and also in my Sunday school class and confirmation classes . Ward always made things fun with his bubbly personality and wit . One of my fondest memories was when Ward came to church with his Mohawk haircut , which I remember he did so without his parents knowledge ! The last time that I saw him , he had a long ponytail . I did not recognize him until he smiled and talked to me .So rest in peace , dear friend.

  8. Sherry Rorabaugh on March 24, 2024 said:

    Ward will always be my harvest/penpal 1965 and beyond happy memories of annual visits and memories of the swimming pool meet, Beatle boots, and “Sherry Baby” seranade and I still have the metal art windmill you made. Love and Peace to your family and friends. my heart is sad but blessed.