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Todd William Severtson

June 19, 1964July 9, 2018
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Todd Severtson, 54, passed away unexpectedly on July 9, 2018. Beloved and cherished husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Valerie (Ziklo) and daughter Olivia, siblings Linda (Scott) Larsen and Gary (Gail) Severtson, father and mother-in-law John and Shirley Ziklo, sister-in-law Mae Beth (Cindy) Brunsman, and brother-in-law Brian Ziklo. He is preceded in death by his parents, Don and Marvel (Hverven) Severtson, his aunt Margie Severtson, and sister-in-law Cathy Ziklo.

Todd is also survived by nieces and nephews, Melissa (Drew) Watters, Brad (Nicole) Larsen, Ben (Sarah) Severtson, Jill (Jeff) Groves, Lee (Jesseah) Severtson, William Ziklo, Kyle Ziklo, Jenny (Steven) Lachtrupp, Chris Taylor and fiancée Kristi Jones, Rob (Aisian) Taylor, and Katie Taylor. Great uncle to Sophia, Leila, Breanna, Bryn, Claire, Jacob, Leah, Cameron, Amelia, Kaylie, Aubrey, Izzy, Riley, and two babies on the way.

Todd graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School and went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering from from North Dakota State University and a Master's Degree from the University of Minnesota. He worked at Proctor & Gamble, started his own consulting company, and was instrumental in founding Making Everlasting Memories. He served in many roles at Church of the Saviour United Methodist and his former church, Lutheran Church of The Resurrection in Anderson.

Todd was a man of great faith, who lived his life in service to others. He is deeply missed by many family, friends, Church family, and co-workers.

A visitation for Todd will be held Friday, July 13, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242. On Saturday, July 14, a visitation will occur from 9:00 to 9:45 am with funeral service following at 10:00 am at Church of the Saviour United Methodist. Graveside service to follow at Hopewell Cemetery, 10205 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Memorial donations can be made in Todd's name to Wesley Chapel Mission Center P.O. Box 141031 Cincinnati, OH, 45250.


  • Visitation Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

Todd William Severtson

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John Wiener, OD

July 27, 2018

Todd was one of my favorite patients. I'm his optometrist. He was ALWAYS friendly, smiling and very courteous to everyone. WE always looked forward to seeing him. We miss him. We share your sorrow.

John A. Wiener, OD
Amy Bott, Tech

David Buddle

July 20, 2018

My deep sympathy to Valerie, Olivia and all Todd's family and friends. You've lost a dear one.

To me, Todd was friendly, courteous, humble. He was a great friend, an excellent listener. One of my faults is to talk-talk-talk and get all wrapped up in myself. As patient as he was, sometimes he would say, "I hate to be rude, but I need to go." His way of interrupting my blather was so polite. It was funny that he would call it rude because I was the rude one!

I'm edified that Todd endured chronic pain, but was not mean or bitter. God help me to be more like him! He was kind, thoughtful, a gentleman.

Someone we love has died. I ask myself: Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? Yes, absolutely it's better. Even though it hurts! This is grief: waves of sadness, tears. shock, anger, regret.

I am consoled when I think of Todd meeting Jesus face to face. I believe Todd died as a friend of our Lord. And that's something I can aspire to, like Todd's humility, politeness, and wry sense of humor.

Eternal rest grant unto Todd, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
Dave Buddle, Richfield Springs, NY

David Woeste

July 16, 2018

Todd was a very gentle soul with unmatched determination and zeal for life. His character was something to marvel. In the years I knew Todd he never complained nor showed others he was hurting. Instead he lived his life with great dignity and purpose. He always greeted you with a smile and embraced us with his unmistakable presence. He will be surely missed!

Scott Mindrum

July 14, 2018

As I sit in a distant airport missing this important day/week in Cincinnati, I cannot hide my tears, smiles and laugh-out-loud reactions to the messages/photos/video in Toddy's memorial. There is little I could add in my own feelings and observations on the man that hasn't already been noted here. A true gentleman with character and poise (even in in the most stressful of times) - along with his love for family and friends - has been, if anything, understated here. His life was family and his love for Valerie and Olivia had to be the strongest ever recorded in history.

Todd was the first one on board when MeM was born. His attention to detail and his dedication to launching the company left an everlasting impact on a place that makes a real difference in the world. He laughed at us (and at himself) and kept everything in perspective along the peaks and valleys we all endured in the journey. A true North Star that will live forever in our memory.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Toddy. Keep the lights on for us all.

With love, Mary Ellen, Scott and our whole family

Ron Gushulak

July 13, 2018

As a co-worker for many years, I will always remember Todd as a determined, intelligent, hard-working man with a big smile. A very good soul, who lived his life with passion, respect for his fellow man and a deep love for his family.

Mark Twain said: “Let us endeavor to live so that when we die, even the undertaker will be sorry.” I will always remember Todd for having lived his life in this manner.

My sincere sympathies to Valerie, Olivia and all those who loved him.

Jeff Grainger

July 13, 2018

A warm and ready smile, an open and giving heart. You were a blessing to any whose path you crossed and I count myself as fortunate to have known you and worked closely with you for several years. You leave this world a better place as your legacy will live on in the many whose lives you touched. Rest in Peace.
Jeff Grainger

Andrew Alexander

July 13, 2018

MeM is a blessing for the many customers we are fortunate to serve each day. Our staff in Evansville, IN honors the significant contributions Todd made to this great service that has positively affected so many, and will continue to do so for years to come.

Aaron Almanza

July 13, 2018

Todd Thank You for everything you've done through MEM to comfort other families during their time of sorrow. May God Bless you and your family. Wishing them an abundance of Peace and Comfort during this time. May they cherish your memory. -The Staff at Draper Mortuary Ontario Ca.

Jon Stevens

July 13, 2018

I have worked closely with Todd for the past 9+ years at MeM. Todd is part of the DNA of MeM. He always kept us on track and kept things moving – even the projects that no one got excited about. He had a genuine interest in other people’s wellbeing and went out of his way to make sure his coworkers were okay, never seeming to have a bad day himself. He enjoyed starting meetings with a bit of banter before getting to the topic at hand. I’ll never forget his smile, persistence or the way he called our lunch meetings to order by flicking the lights.

We shared many stories of home renovation projects, vacations and family life. He was a proud husband and father and adored his family. He was a positive presence who will be deeply missed.

Matt Brown

July 13, 2018

The things you learn about someone working with them for over a decade...
Todd was a genuinely happy individual. He loved life, and he loved being around people. He loved to hear about your day and was quick to ask about things like your vacation and family. He was the type of guy that you find yourself wanting to be like.
Todd didn't let anything get him down. He was an optimist and always chose to have a cheerful perspective on everything - whether it was work or personal. It was refreshing to talk to him because he would smile and encourage you no matter what you talked about. He was constantly gracious toward everyone in his life and did a wonderful job of showing God's love to those in his life.
Todd loved his family. You could feel the warmth in his voice whenever he talked about his wife or daughter. He was a family man, plain and simple. No guessing where his priorities were.
Todd was a dedicated worker. He was regularly the last one to leave the office, and whenever he left the office for lunch, he would always tell us, "I'm going to grab a quick lunch." He was always mindful of his responsibilities and that others were counting on him.
Todd was also a great friend of mine. I admired him and I will miss him greatly. His memory has already inspired me to live a life filled with compassion and joy. I pray for God's blessing and peace for his family as they remember his life. May all those whose lives he touched display the type of man he was.
Matt Brown