Todd Allen Tegtmeier was born on June 8, 1971 in Pawnee City, Nebraska to Ronald D. and Lois A. (Svanda) Tegtmeier. He grew up on the family farm west of Burchard and his love for farming was apparent from an early age. He attended Lewiston Consolidated High School, graduating with the class of 1989.
Following high school, Todd attended Southeast Community College – Milford. He started out in the auto mechanics program, but quickly learned that was not for him, and switched to the John Deere program instead.
Todd spent the majority of his professional life as a salesman at Oregon Trail Equipment (now LandMark Implement) in Marysville, Kansas. He also worked for Dummermuth’s Implement and Marshall County Equipment in Marysville, and for a brief time at John Deere in Tecumseh, Nebraska.
However, in 2016, Todd made the decision to do what he loved full time. He loved nothing more than to spend full days in the field, planting and harvesting. Todd spent numerous hours tending to cattle and row crop with his mom and dad. He had a passion for conservation work and was committed to being a good steward of the land. If there was anything Todd liked, it was to keep busy. In addition to the farm work, Todd enjoyed hauling various kinds of equipment across Nebraska and the Midwest. He also did a number of odd jobs for others for “grocery money”.
Never one at a loss for words, Todd had a story for everything and always knew how to turn a phrase. He had a great sense of humor and never failed at making people laugh. He was, at all times, a man of his word. Todd will be missed by all who knew him.
On February 7, 2014, he married Sandy (Burton) Botkin in Marysville, Kansas.
Todd passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at his farmstead that he loved and purchased when he was 19 years old.
Preceding him in death are his grandparents, Clarence and Doris Tegtmeier and Joe and Blanche Svanda; and uncle, Roger Tegtmeier.
Todd is survived by his wife Sandy, parents, Ron and Lois Tegtmeier of Burchard, brother, Trent Tegtmeier of Lincoln, sister, Shawn Tegtmeier, of Norwalk, Connecticut; step-children, Quincie (Zach) Olberding, Prairie Village, KS, Gentry (Mark) Howell, Blue Rapids, KS, and Haden Botkin, Manhattan, KS; uncles, Russell Tegtmeier, of Burchard and Kermit (Sue) Svanda, of Nehawka, aunts, Clarice Tegtmeier of Lewiston, Julie Tegtmeier of Burchard, Donna (Bob Stepanek) Svanda, of DuBois, and Janet (John) Vetrovsky, of Pawnee City, nephew, Kobe Hicks; niece, Kylie Tegtmeier; as well as many other cousins, relatives, and good friends.
To respect Todd’s final wishes, cremation is planned and there will be no services at this time.
Arrangements are entrusted to Wherry Mortuary, Pawnee City, Nebraska.
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