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Tod Palmer

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Tod Alan Palmer age 48 of Fredericksburg, Iowa formerly of New Hampton died Thursday, February 28, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2013, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fredericksburg, with Pastor Ronnie Koch presiding.Janiece Kramer will be the organist leading the congregation in 'Amazing Grace' and 'How Great Thou Art'. 'God Be With You Until We Meet Again' will be sung by Brent Osborne. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Fredericksburg with Steve Koleno, Paul Brandenburg, Jerry Meiergerd, Dave Gorman, Brett Ohm and Rod Rodemaker serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Jay Speicher, Brian Westendorf, Nick Palmer, Tim Palmer, Bryan Palmer, Mike Olson, Jeff Olson, Brian Carberry, Brad Carberry, Bruce Carberry, Tracy Trevethan, Tammy Richards, Kari Osborne, and Ashley Sanders. Friends may greet the family 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Tod Alan Palmer was born August 11, 1964, in Waterloo, IA, the only son of Myron and Linda (Kautz) Palmer. He received part of his elementary education in Waterloo and in 1973, the family moved to New Hampton where he became a 1982 New Hampton High School graduate. After graduation, Tod attended Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo to become a diesel mechanic and truck driver. He was then employed by the Elk Run Truck Plaza for many years. On September 21, 1996, at Peace United Church of Christ in Fredericksburg, he married Dena Speicher. To this union, their son Zachary was born. Tod worked as a welder at Dura Automotive in West Union and later for Omega Cabinets. He also trained and became a certified EMT, working for the Chickasaw Ambulance Service. Tod was attending school for nursing when he was diagnosed with cancer on February 11, 2011. He battled and survived his first bout with cancer. His second bout with cancer lasted only the last 5 days of his life. He valiantly fought to stay with his family, but succumbed to Leukemia. Tod loved motorcycling, shooting his guns with his son, and working on his 1936 John Deere B Tractor. He followed the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers, and the Wisconsin Badgers. Tod enjoyed being Cubmaster of the Fredericksburg Cub Scout Pack #83 for 5 years. He also was a member of the Fredericksburg Antique Tractor Club. Tod will be remembered as a man who made many friends and treasured his precious time with his family. Tod is survived by his wife, Dena; one son, Zachary at home; his parents, Myron and Linda Palmer of New Hampton; one sister, Dawn (Rod) Rodemaker of Osage; his in-laws; Dean and Judy Speicher of Fredericksburg; brother-in-law, Jay (Tonya) Speicher of Fredericksburg, sister-in-law, Susan Collins of Waterloo; niece, Mercedez Speicher of Fredericksburg; nephews, Hunter Rodemaker of Osage, Zaine Speicher of Fredericksburg and Zade Collins of Waterloo; his aunts, Karen (Bob) Olson of Belle Vista, AR, Nancy Carberry of Chaska, MN and Billie Jo Tonn of Independence; uncles, Donald (Jane) Palmer of Hazleton, IA and Russell (Sue) Palmer of Independence. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ralph and Ada Kautz; paternal grandparents, Melvin and Edna Palmer; uncles, Arnold Palmer, Larry Carberry and Rich Tonn; one cousin, Kristen Palmer.

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  1. Dear Dena and Zachiery, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. heaven has two new angels to watch over us. Love , Lorraine, Debbie and Kathy

  2. To Tod’s Family, I hope your days will filled with special memories of Tod and your loss eased by those. Please know that many of us felt he was a special man, and were lucky to know him even for such a short time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will miss you my friend, Lisa Sherburne

  3. Llinda and family Nancy called to let us know about the loss of Tod. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. Please give our condolence to Dena and Zac. Wendy and Jim Kautz

  4. Linda and family, We just read of the loss of your son. So sorry to hear of this. Your family has our prayers and deepest sympathy. Leroy and Roselyn (Kress) Lappe

  5. Warm and caring thoughts to you and all your families today and in the days to come in hopes it will bring you some comfort. I will be remembering you in prayer.. Dawn

  6. May faith keep you strong at this very difficult time. Our deepest sympathy to your family. God Bless.

  7. Tod will always be in the memories of the Johns family – his selfless giving of his time to lead the Cub Scout program in Fredericksburg for those years are very much appreciated. Our sympathy to the family, Dena and Zach, may God Bless with comfort and peace. RIP TOD!

  8. Dena,Zach, Linda, Myron and Dawn and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. . We extend our sympathy to everyone. Tod was always very friendly and would always stop and say hi whenever he would see either Howard or I. He will be missed by many people. God will give you the strength you need today and forever. God be with you all

  9. I haven’t seen Todd since high school but he was a good friend back then. My deepest sympathys to the family.

  10. To My Cousin Tod I am so glad we got to be close the last several yearsyou Dena and Zach coming to all the kids games and the gt together lunches we had. I want to Thank you for the times you let me help you get ready for your EMT you didnt need it you knew the stuff better than i did (LOL). You will be greatly missed I will miss the Weather spotting classes we would go to and the EMS training that we got to do. Most of all i willl miss the times we would just shoot the breeze and laugh. Dena and Zach i will always be there for you Love you all. Tim Palmer

  11. The pain is over for Tod, he certainly fought a great fight to the end and you should be so proud, Dena because you never left his side.now you can rest because I believe Mother will take care of him from now on.we love you all and will be there for you if you need us. Denny and Connie

  12. Dena, Zac & family ~ My deepest sympathy to you at the loss of Tod. I will always remember his wonderful smile and caring ways. I will miss his friendship so very much. He was a fighter to the end and always with grace and the most positive attitude. He is a true inspiration to me and I thank him for that. Tod ~ I will miss you, dear friend! Thank you for your friendship! Please watch over all of us….until we see each other again. Rest in Peace dear friend. Shelley

  13. Dena, Zac & family, Our hearts are breaking for you. Tod proved what true bravery and devotion was. He never gave up and fought so hard for you. We hope knowing how many lives he touched and all the kind words will make this difficult time easier for you. You have lots of family and friends to help you through this and please know we are here for you, ALWAYS! All our love, Lynne, Klel, Kari, Todd & Trevor Harris

  14. Palmer Family, It was a pleasure to get to know you and Tod during the last couple of years. I always enjoyed talking with you both. Tod always had a smile and a great positive attitude, no matter what the situation was!! Take care, and know that you are in many of our thoughts and prayers. Diane VanErsvelde, PA- UIHC Cancer clinic

  15. Dena and Zac, So many memories: The three of you and all your excitement and treasures to show when returning home from your many adventures experiencing our American history. Teaching Zac to be patriotic while having fun as an all-American family. Oh, yes, the day the partridge strolled across the porch! The ball games and school programs. Thank you so much for those memories. You were always there for Tod and to the very end, respectful and caring. To the entire family, All of you struggled through a very long and difficult journey. The ups and downs, the news of hope and than the let down. So hard to let go. Tod was a fine example of bravery, endurance, humor and kindness. All of us were blessed to have known him. He is our loss and heaven’s gain. With great respect.

  16. Palmer family, I had the pleasure of working with Tod at NH Metal Fab. He was a great guy, always ready with a smile and just made my day. You have my deepest sympathy.

  17. Dena and Zac, praying for your family. Tod is at peace and smiling from Heaven. With sadness and sympathy to your families. Dayl, Laure, Bridget and Lindsey Bouska

  18. Dena, Zac and Palmer Family, sending lots of love and hugs your way! Tad is such an awsome man, he always had that million dollar smile and alway knew how to make everyone smile with him! Such a live spirit, he will be greatly missed by many, he loved everyone unconditionally! He put up such a great battle! He truely will be an awsome ANGEL! I know he will be watching over all of us! Rest in Peace my dear friend till we meet again! Love Always, Brenda Panoch and Mitchell Crema!

  19. Dena and Zac, lots of of love and hugs..Tod was such a great husband, father, brother in law and especially uncle! Love you guys, Susan & Zade

  20. Not everyone knows this but Tod and I watched Top Gun so many times that we would say the words before they happened. I no longer have one of by Best Friends to say That’s right Iceman or you know the finger, I know the finger Goose. I will miss him walking into the shop in Fredericksburg, driving around and just talking about life in general. He will be missed but I know he’s in a better place. Loved you like a Brother.

  21. My deepest sympathy to the Speicher and Palmer family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Merilee Pleggenkuhle

  22. Thanks for all the good times….you will be greatly missed. Many thoughts and prayers to the Speicher and Palmer families. Brad Rahlf

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