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Todd D. Laatsch, age 50 years, of Springville, Tenn., formerly of Ma­ri­on, was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon Dec. 19, 2012, in Hollow Rock, Carroll County, Tenn.

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, Wis., and while in Tennessee worked at Bartar Construction.

Todd was a former member of St. John Lutheran Church, Marion, and was currently a member of First Baptist Church, Huntingdon, Tenn. 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 Association 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 and Amanda Reiter and their sons, Ben and Alex, Coy and 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 fiancée, Dana K. Emanuel of Springfield, Tenn.; his parents, Daniel and Judy Laatsch of Rhinelander; and his grandmother, Mabell Krueger of Marion.

There are five 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 also is survived by Dana’s family; her parents, Garvin and Karol Emanuel of Huntsville, Ala.; a daughter, Mellissa (Brad) Barrett; and a son, Trey (Jessica) Norton, both serving in the U.S. Army.

There are four grandchildren, Addison and Reagon Barrett, and Andrew and Wesley Norton.

Further survivors include an uncle and aunt, Floyd and Greta Emanuel of Oklahoma City, Okla.; a brother, Rich (Renee) Emanuel of Prattville, Ala., and nephews, Alex and Michael Emanuel of Pratt­ville, Ala.

Todd was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Chester Krueger; his paternal grandparents, Edwin and Esther Laatsch; and his future brother-in-law and best friend, Wes Emanuel.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marion. The Rev. Bradley Dokken will officiate and inurnment will be at Greenleaf Cemetery, Marion.

Friends may call on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church.

Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Marion, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent via


Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:04 PM

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