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Todd Merfeld

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Todd Merfeld age 35 of Nashua, IA, died Sunday, December 31, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2018, at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, with Rev. Denny Hanson presiding. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church in Cedar Falls on Friday. Todd Steven Merfeld was born August 13, 1982, in Cedar Falls, IA, the son of Bruce and Peggy (Edwards) Merfeld. He attended Cedar Falls Elementary and middle school, and was a graduate of Cedar Falls High School in 2001. Todd was extremely active in Boy Scouts during high school and college. Todd became an Eagle Scout and spent several summers working at Camp Ingawanis near Waverly. He was a vigil honor member of the Order of the Arrow. Todd attended Hawkeye Community College. He began working for Sherwin Williams and spent 13 years with the company. Todd decided to return to school and received his degree from Le Cordon Bleu in St. Paul, MN. He completed his internship at the Prairie Club in Valentine, NE, where he met Shayla Krisher. The couple married June 18, 2016, at Camp Ingawanis near Waverly. The couple raised three children together. They moved to Nashua and owned and operated the TownHouse Bar & Restaurant in Nashua, for two years. Todd currently worked as the Food Service Manager at the Bremer County Jail. Todd enjoyed camping, the boy scouts, cooking, and taking walks. Todd and Shayla in their free time would enjoy going somewhere new together. Spending time with his family and friends was especially important to Todd. Todd is survived by his wife, Shayla; two sons, Justice Palmier and Hunter Star Boy of Nashua, IA; daughter, Hayden Star Boy of Nashua, IA; parents, Bruce and Peggy Merfeld of Cedar Falls, IA; one sister, April (Sam) Miller of Cedar Falls, IA; niece and nephew, Mya and Asher Miller of Cedar Falls, IA; paternal grandfather, C.J. "Skip" Merfeld of Sun City, AZ; maternal grandmother, Mary Wanderscheid of Waverly, IA. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Alice Merfeld; maternal grandfather, Kenneth Edwards.

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  1. Sorry to learn of your loss. May God give you peace during this most difficult time. You are such a caring individual

  2. I’m so sorry for all of you… please let us know other can do anything… someone to listen go ant of u or cook for y’all or just don’t wanna be alone… We are so grateful to all of you including Todd when y’all helped us not that long ago… we love all of you.. we r just a block away…

  3. I’m so sorry to the whole family. Todd was like a brother to me. I can’t stop the memories going over and over in my head. We sure caused a bit of trouble back in the day. He was a great dad, son, brother, friend, Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member. I’ll miss you brother. -Bullfrog

  4. I remember the first time I met Todd while he was working at the casino in Salamanca, NY. He always was eager to learn, hard worker and an all around great guy and could always make you laugh. You truly will be missed my friend.

  5. I will miss my Irish friend! He had a heart of gold and always talked about visiting Ireland with me. He always made me laugh and try some really different brews!!! His love for his family was beyond measure. Shayla was the love of his life and they made such a great couple,,,,always expressing their love by actions, words and deeds. He was so proud of Justice, Hunter and Hayden and actually gloated when they cooked with him!! Words cannot express the loss to all of his family, friends and the Nashua community. Fly high Irish Angel !!

  6. A gentle man with a huge heart and of course a deep voice.
    God got a great Eagle Scout, a husband and father.
    May all his family find peace in knowing Todd is enjoying heaven and maybe even doing some cooking.
    RIP Todd.

  7. Todd was a former student of mine and classmate of my youngest son Sean. We are so sorry for the loss of such a warm, kind young man. Prayers to your whole family. Todd was a joy to be around and brought a smile wherever he went. May many good memories help to comfort you all in the days ahead! Deb (formerly Klenk) and Steve Eschweiler

  8. I met Todd working in Nashua and he was a very passionate person who put everything into his work. He had an awesome personality and very interesting to talk to and he will be missed by all those who knew him. His support to the community and veterans will never be forgotten. Keep his memories with you. Shayla and your family is in my thoughts and prayers that God give you the peace during this difficult time.
    Kendra Deike

  9. Peg and April, I send a warm hug from Arizona. My heart aches for you for your loss. I’ll be praying for your strength and healing as you face one of the most difficult times of your lives. God will be there with you for every step. He lost His son, too. Karen Mills

  10. I will always treasure the memories. Todd’s love of life and the joy he brought others will always be remembered. It’s hard to put all these memories into words, there are so many. At camp when he and “the group” were together, you always knew “something” was up and we would just sit back and wait. It was usually worth it. Watching him develop into a leader and teacher in the OA was an inspiration to those around him. As an adult and parent he just kept getting better and better. Love ya always Todd.

    “Jerry”, (Ghost Writer) – Steve Olsen

  11. Bruce and Peggy,
    Our sincere sympathy for the loss of Todd. He was just a sweet little guy when we had our convenience store in Cedar Falls. You were great examples for him.
    Karl, Jan and Erik Moe

  12. So sorry for your loss, we always enjoyed when Todd came to our house, always a good friend to Matt and nice and polite even we he broke his arm coming to our house. Prays of comfort during this time. The Fitkins

  13. i worked with Todd many years ago at the Cedar Falls Hy-Vee. A gentle soul and wonderful person. So very sorry for your loss. Barb Chapman

  14. Scouting will miss Todd’s tenacious volunteerism. He worked hard at being a volunteer and was feisty about those who did not share his time, dedication and passion. (Feisty is polite). He had a total disregard for politics, bureaucracy, rules and policies and that is what I admired most about him. He simply just wanted to get “schtuff” done! We fought like cats a dogs in public but secretly got together every couple months to drink shots and beers and share ideas on camp and cooking as we both had a passion for culinary. We shared the name Todd and that was special. It’s not like Jim, Bob or John. One time our name tags got screwed up at Klondike and he was named Scout Executive. So I took the Scout Executive patch off my Uniform and gave it to him. He loved that and flaunted it around. That is a fond memory.
    Scouting has many wonderful volunteers but I never met somebody who could mix anger with passion for helping young people. He was unique in this regard.
    Go with God Todd. You are already missed.
    Todd Wordel

  15. Peg and Bruce – I am so very sorry for your loss! I never knew your son, but from what I have read, he certainly was shaped and enhanced by your love and dedication to scouting. Please know that I am thinking of you and will pray for you and for his family in the difficult days ahead.

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