Dec 22nd 2013
Tedd Childers of Portage passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2013. Age 47. Tedd was born in Urbana, IL on August 16, 1966, the son of the late Darrell Wayne and Amelia Ann (Watts) Childers. He graduated from Jamaica High School in Sidell, IL and then attended the University of Illinois, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Microbiology and Immunology. While at the University of Illinois, he belonged to the Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity. He worked as a Lab Manager at Pylon Tech (North Carolina State University Veterinary School) and as Principal Scientist for Zoetis. He was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer, who enjoyed making his own clubs and enjoyed hunting. He was married to Jane (Korzekwinski) Childers on August 26, 1995; she survives him. He is also survived by six children, Gabriella, Annabel, Zachary, Alexander, Benjamin and Joshua Childers, all of Portage; two brothers and one sister, Todd (Kathy) Childers of Monticello, IL, Tammy (Donald) Hodgson of Homer, IL and Tim (Jeannine) Robinson of St. Joe, IL; two nephews, three nieces and one great-nephew. Friends may visit with the family from 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, where a Rosary service will be held at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Friday, December 27, 2013 at St. Monica Catholic Church, 534 W. Kilgore Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49008. Private interment will be in Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park - North. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a trust to be established later for Tedd's children.