Leon Dale Toedtmann, 73, Hermann, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Frene Valley Health Center.|
Leon was born in Hermann Feb. 20, 1939, the son of the late Clarence W. Toedtmann and wife Olivia M., nee Meyer.
Leon attended Westminster College from 1957 to 1960 on a basketball scholarship. He then went to Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science, Dallas, Texas. Leon served his apprenticeship in Fulton. After he received his funeral directors and embalmers license, he moved to Hermann in 1963. Leon then established Toedtmann Funeral Home. In 1965 Landon Grosse joined him and together they co-owned the Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home until 2000.
Leon was the husband of Judith K. (Baker) Toedtmann. They were married June 28, 1959, in New Florence. Judy survives in Hermann.
Leon is also survived by his two sons, Jeffrey Toedtmann and wife Carol, St. Charles, and Barton Toedtmann and wife Kris, Hermann; daughter, Susan Cameron and husband John, Rhineland; sister, Marian Swisher, Macomb, Ill.; four grandsons, Tyler Grotewiel and wife Teresa, Rhineland, Wil Toedtmann, Springfield, Clinton and Collin Toedtmann, both of St. Charles; two granddaughters, Libby Grotewiel and Whitney Toedtmann, both of St. Louis; two step-grandchildren, Taylor and Madison Cameron, both of Rhineland; two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Tanner Grotewiel, both of Rhineland; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Grosse, Hermann, and Evelyn Baker, Union; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ralph, who died in infancy; and three brothers-in-law, Landon "Bud" Grosse, Dr. Donald Baker and J.D. Swisher.
Leon was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Hermann, where he served on the church council three terms between 1964 and 1990. He was active in Jaycees, where he served as president. In 1972 Leon received the distinguished service award. He later joined the Lions Club, where he received his 40-year pin. Leon served on the Gasconade County R-1 Board of Education from 1979 to 1985. He served on the Peoples Savings Bank board from 1996 to 2006, and he was a member of the Loutre Shore Country Club, where he served on the board for several years.
Leon was a very avid golfer and big supporter of Loutre Shore Country Club. He was always trying to get new members and local support. Hunting was Leon's second loved hobby. He was always trying to find new places to quail hunt with local farmers. Leon also loved to fish, which he did most of out of state in places like Canada, usually with a group of friends and family.
One of Leon's greatest accomplishments was holding the single-game scoring record of 37 points while playing basketball at Hermann High School in 1957. He held that record for several years until Duane Kraettli tied him in 1970. Together they held that for many years.
Visitation was held Friday, Jan. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home, Hermann.
Funeral services were held at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Hermann, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, with the Rev. Rick Riedel officiating.
Burial was in Oak Haven Memorial Gardens, Hermann.
Memorials may be given to St. Paul U.C.C. or the American Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
The family was served by Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home, Hermann.
Published in The Missourian on Jan. 16, 2013