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

    You have our deepest condolences

  4. 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.