Ed Tietgens passed away on Sept. 1, 2021. He was preceded by his loving wife of 51 years, Ilo Tietgens. He is survived by his sons; Todd Tietgens and wife, Tracy of Lewisburg, Mark Tietgens and wife, Laurie of Brentwood, Jeff Tietgens and wife, Delia of Mount Pleasant; grandchildren, Ryan Tietgens and wife, Mareesa, Eric Tietgens and wife, Shelby, Megan Tietgens, Ashby Viertel and husband, Adam, Sarah Beasley and husband, Cameron, Tyler Tietgens and Lexie Tietgens; great-grandchildren, Bella Tietgens, Emmerson Ilo Tietgens, Finley Tietgens, Huntleigh Tietgens, Bonnie Tietgens and Drew Avery Viertel; brother, Bill Tietgens of Amarillo, Texas, and fiancé, Ms. Marilyn Martin of Brentwood.
A longtime member of the Brentwood United Methodist Church, Ed was also a member of the Wesley Forum Class. Ed was Founder and President of Tietgens Enterprises, Inc. for 45 years and was also VP of C.B. Ragland Wholesalers. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Wholesale Grocers Association, Ed was instrumental in negotiating a merger of that entity with the Tennessee Grocers Association in 1995, a move that elevated TGA as an advocate for all tiers of Tennessee’s food industry. He subsequently served on TGA’s Board of Directors.
Ed loved the Lord and was a caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather for his family. He had a brilliant business mind and a work ethic that was unparalleled. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Dr. Davis Chappell will conduct a service to celebrate Ed’s life on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Brentwood United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends that day from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the church.
Honorary pallbearers are the Wesley Forum Sunday School Class, employees of Tietgens Enterprises, Bill Tietgens, Dean Sladek, Wayne Drewry, Don Kerr, Ken Strange, Floyd Dean, Lawrence Mitchel, Max Hurst, Bob Maier.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Ed and Ilo Tietgens Memorial Scholarship Fund, 414 Union Street, Suite 1900, Nashville, TN 37219, or at www.tgefonline.org/memorials
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