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Emerson H. Teveit

July 18, 1932 — December 1, 2023


Emerson H. Teveit, 91 of Canton, stepped onto shore and found his eternal home, Friday, December 1, 2023 at his daughter's home.

He was born July 18, 1932 in Lake City, MI, the son of Harry and Bertha Travers Teveit. He married Betty Jean Doll on August 18, 1950 in Muskegon, MI at the Church of the Nazarene and she preceded him in death on January 31, 2004.

Three children survive him; a son Kenneth (Pamela) Teveit of Swartz Creek, Mi and their daughters Jennifer (Jason) Luchenbill and Kristina Teveit and their grandchildren Devon, Jessica and Christian; a son Brenton (Sandie Griffith) Teveit of Brentwood, TN and their daughters Morgan (Will) Stanley and Ashton Teveit and their granddaughter Lyla; a daughter Janice (Kevin) Van Tine of Canton and their daughters Alicia (Kyle) Bloyd, Ashley Phillips, and Abbie (Stephen) Colwell and their grandchildren Camri, Micah, Zion, Emerson, Rawlings, Noelle and Truman; his sister Ellen Kring of North Carolina and her children Jay and Mark; his sister-in-law Veronica Doll and her children Susan, Adrian, and Martin; He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a brother in infancy Devere, a sister-in-law Gloria, two brothers-in-law Thomas Kring and Harold Doll and a nephew Timothy Kring.

Emerson graduated from Owosso Bible School in 1950, where he met the love of his life, Betty Jean Doll. After graduating high school, he attended Olivet Nazarene University. Emerson held positions at different Hospitals in the financial and computer sectors. He was the Financial Director for Pekin and both the Financial Director and later the Administrator of Mason District Hospital, and later retired from Tampa Memorial Hospital. Emerson was born and raised in Michigan and later lived in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, and Illinois. Outside of work, he loved flipping houses and spending hours manicuring his yard. Music played an integral role in Emerson's life. He was a talented organist, who loved playing at each church he attended. He and his wife were co-owners of The Cinnamon Tree restaurant in Canton, IL, with their daughter in the early 1980s. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing cards, especially Rook or Hand and Foot. Emerson's father, Harry Teveit or Hakkon Tveit, was a Norwegian immigrant. Later in life, Emerson had the opportunity to travel to Norway and reconnected with family by visiting Tveit Mountain, a lifelong dream. Those who loved him the most will never forget his contagious smile, silky ties, orange- scented air freshener and sweet tooth.

In honor of Emerson's wishes cremation rites have been accorded and a private graveside service with burial will take place next to his wife in the Brooksville Cemetery in Florida at a later date. Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown has the honor of handling the arrangements.

Memorials have been suggested to Serenity Point Hospice 762 East Chestnut., Canton, IL 61520. Condolences may be left online at or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home.

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