Laatsch, Todd D.
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Todd D. Laatsch, age 50 years, of Springville, TN (formerly of Marion) was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon, December 19, 2012 in Hollow Rock, Carroll County, Tennessee.
Todd was born on June 25, 1962 in Tigerton to Daniel E. and Judith C. (Krueger) Laatsch. He graduated from Marion High School in 1980 and then went on to Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. Todd was united in marriage on July 23, 1982 to Theresa Laux. He worked for some time at Marion Plywood, then was employed as a manager at Birdseye Veneer in Butternut, WI, and while in Tennessee worked at Bartar Construction. Todd is a former member of St. John Lutheran Church, Marion, and was currently a member of First Baptist Church, Huntingdon, TN. He was involved at church with the Men's Bible Group and he served with the Katrina Building Group. His other memberships included Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Assoc., and the National Wildlife Turkey Federation.
Todd talked about hunting and fishing with his friend Merritt Sasse whenever possible. He enjoyed making leatherworking projects with his father-in-law, Dick Laux. Some others that Todd enjoyed spending time with were: Ron & Amanda Reiter and their sons, Ben & Alex, Coy & Elaine Moore, George, Kirt, Tim, and hundreds of other friends.
Todd loved life in general. He loved God and keeping the faith and moving forward. His family was always first with him. Todd and Dana, who were planning to be married in the Spring of 2013, were preparing to come home to be with family for Christmas, instead Todd went to spend Christmas with Jesus and his grandparents in heaven. He loved NASCAR (Dale Earnhardt), going camping with Dana, their trip to the Cayman Islands last October, watching football and wrestling, game hunting, fishing, feeding the animals, and he especially liked riding his "Harley" with Dana on charity rides. He liked their rental cabin business and meeting new people. He loved planting his garden. He was known as the Good Samaritan as he was always helping others in need. His cell phone was part of his daily attire and he called his mom on a daily basis. He always joked about the Tennessee phone service. Todd loved children and he definitely loved Dana's grandchildren. He loved to cook and always had dinner ready for Dana when she came home from work at night. He leaves behind a lot of friends that he has gained over the years.
Survivors include his fiancee, Dana K. Emanuel of Springville, TN, his parents, Daniel and Judy Laatsch of Rhinelander, and his grandmother, Mabell Krueger of Marion. There are 5 siblings: Troy (Barbara) Laatsch of Marion, Tracy (Pearl) Laatsch of Shawano, Trent (Denise Arndt) Laatsch of Clintonville, Krystal (Peter) Beil of Marion, and Kimberly (Kenneth) Valeria of Eagle River. There are 13 nieces and nephews: Maria (Mark) Hafemeister, Katie (Mike Clauson) Laatsch, Kirstie Laatsch, MacKenzie Laatsch, Jovi Laatsch, Jade Laatsch, Julianna Beil, Annalise Beil, Liva Beil, Isabelle Valeria, Tristan Valeria, Danielle Gerritts, and Jamie Johnson. Todd is further survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He is also survived by Dana's family: her parents, Garvin & Karol Emanuel of Huntsville, AL, a daughter, Mellissa (Brad) Barrett, and a son, Trey (Jessica) Norton, both serving in the U.S. Army. There are four grandchildren, Addison & Reagon Barrett and Andrew & Wesley Norton. Further survivors include an uncle and aunt, Floyd & Greta Emanuel of Oklahoma City, OK, a brother, Rich (Renee) Emanuel of Prattville, AL, and nephews, Alex & Michael Emanuel of Prattville, AL.
Todd is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Chester Krueger, his paternal grandparents, Edwin & Esther Laatsch, and his future brother-in-law and best friend, Wes Emanuel.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27th at 11:00 AM at St. John's Lutheran Church, Marion. Rev. Bradley Dokken will officiate and inurnment will be at Greenleaf Cemetery, Marion. Friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 AM until time of service at the church.
Beil-Didier Funeral Home - Marion
207 S. Main Street P.O. Box 145
Marion, WI 54950
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Apr. 21, 2013