"https://youtu.be/VEi_POQcwzI?si=z6CxBGYdKvnCBols There were some beautiful things said about Todd @ his service. He was a hard worker that loved to laugh & he was a practical joker. He was an awesome cook & sportsman. He had a big heart & a kind soul. As his family stood to speak,they were having a hard time. I thought about what I?d have said if I?d have had the strength. My son asked me the other day why I fell in love with his dad. I answered & I?ve been thinking about his question ever since. What would I want the world to know about Todd? Todd was all the things his family said he was & he was so much more. Todd loved to talk about history. He was a would be inventor & entrepreneur, always talking about his next big idea & how people would love that. (The rubber duck race for the shelter was his idea that I talked about but never did. He was right!) He loved to dance & the song below was one of his favorites to twirl me around as we?d lap the dance floor until exhausted. Some of the best times. He also loved ?Bad to The Bone? by George Throoughgood & anything by Steppenwolf or The Cars. Todd loved to watch Deadliest Catch & True Crime Mysteries on TV?I used to tease him that the outcome was the same, you know somebody dies?He loved kids & was particularly phenomenal about going out of his way for other people?s kids?I can still hear him talking about Zack Waldvogel & his Mallorie Kaputz in particular?Todd would go out of his way to watch a little one smile. He loved to play games & tricks He always wanted 5 kids & particularly a little girl. Well we outdid that, raising 6 in all w 2 girls 16yrs apart that loved to be outdoors & loved him, a dream come true for him. Todd?s gentle encouragement helped me to wrap up my last year in college when I was too tired to drive & just wanted to be done. He?d have dinner waiting for me & was my reward of fun at the end of a stressful week. I will never forget his words that got me across that finish line. He also had me climbing trees to hunt & sitting for hours on a bucket in the middle of frozen lakes to catch dinner. I learned things about myself & nature that I never would have known without his encouragement. They are still popping out of my mouth when I least expect it to the surprise of those around me. I leaned to process deer & to cook more than pasta! He will be with me forever in the kitchen & as I look at nature. He made me want to be a wife & mother more than anything. Todd adored his mother & they were close. I watched how he treated her & the closeness they had (he was one of her self admitted favorites). He would see her in a light no one else would, pay attention to what interest her & grow that for her (he bought the ducks she loved to feed) Thankfully, Todd?s sons & I have that same kind of dynamic & I am grateful for it everyday. Todd loved to talk to people & to listen to their stories. He could walk into any venue & make a friend. He carried himself w style & could carry conversation with the best of them. Todd idolized his older brother Bobby who he lost when he was about 9. He grieved for him his whole life & dreamed about what might have been had Bobby lived. Todd used his experience w loss to bring me back to life after multiple devastating losses in my own life. His patience & gentle presence literally picking me up off of the floor & catching me so as not to fall saved me more than once. Thank God he was there with me. He was one of the most forgiving people I ever met. People would take advantage of him & he would chalk it up to circumstance & that they were doing their best, offer another chance. He was an excellent bonus dad, showing up in ways for our niece & nephew that were beautiful & thoughtful & giving. He loved them as his own & accepted them completely into our daily family life. He loved to talk & visit & our poor kids were lucky to get through a store without him bumping into someone. He was the kind of guy that just made you feel good when you saw him. Todd had deep anxiety & hurts he would not discuss with anyone that he dealt with in his own way. His kids & I could not fix it with our love & heaven knows we tried. We loved him until the day he died & we will love him forever. He will be with us always. We will honor the lessons & teach them to the next generation as Father said. "