Todd Robert Taeger, 45, of Burlington, died at 6:13 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2012, at his home of natural causes.
Born October 13, 1966 in Burlington, he was the son of Bud and Sharon Zang Taeger.
Todd was a 1985 graduate of Burlington High School and was a welder at a local manufacturing plant for 25 years.
He was a motocross and sprint car driver for sprint car 7A. He also was a self taught culinary artist, loved all rock and heavy metal music, attending live concerts and was an avid sports fan, especially of the New York Yankees and Giants and Los Angeles Lakers. Todd adored his granddaughter, "Doodle Bug".
Todd is survived by his son, Alec Taeger (Kylie Wehrle) of Burlington and Alec's mother, Susie Dahl; son, Dez Broeg of Buena Vista; special friend and companion, Stephanie Mowray of Burlington; granddaughter, Laila Taeger; mother, Sharon Taeger of rural Burlington; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Todd was preceded in death by his father, Bud Taeger and his grandparents.
Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 25th, in Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.
The memorial funeral service for Todd will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 25th, with the Rev. Cindy Johnson officiating. Private inurnment will be at a later date in Prairie Grove Cemetery.
Todd gave the gift of life through the Iowa Donor Network.
A memorial has been established in Todd's memory.
Everyone knew you as the motor cross guy and the driver of sprint car 7a. I knew you as just Todd! The sweetest guy I ever met. Your infectious smile and your loving brown eyes.I will cherish the short time we were together,for the rest of my life.I love you with all my heart Todd. I will never forget you sweetheart! Love, Stephanie!
Todd was my moms best friend but from what i know he left an impact on everyone
Todd will be greatly missed. I spent many wonderful times with him. Love you Todd!
Sending prayers your way. I have known Todd since we started school. What a great guy, he always had a huge smile on his face no matter what. He will be missed greatly.
Thoughts and prayers to Sharon and Alec. Todd was a great guy. His infectious smile was really something that could make your bad day seem to turn. We were always going to get together and cook a meal(Man he lived to cook), I think he was challenging me in a friendly way. I know that it would have been a great feed!!.... Gone WAY TOO soon. You will be missed. R.I.P. buddy!!
Dear Sharon and Alec: My heart is broken and I just keep having memories flood forward of all the fun times we had going to Jacksonville and Farmington racing. Those were the days. Please know that you both are in my thoughts and prayers.Take comfort that he is with Bud in a much better place. Love Rusty
I have known Todd my whole life. He always had a smile on his face no matter if he was having a good day or bad. Loved going and watching him, Ryan and Matt battle it out on the race track. You will be greatly missed. RIP Todd.
Blessed to have known you. You had a heart of gold. Happy to have called you a friend. My prayers are with you and your family.
One of my best buddy's. I'll miss you. My condolence's to the family. Love you all.
My heart goes out to the family. Todd was a great guy. He is going to be missed by the whole racing community and everyone who got the chance to meet him. Say hi to Bud for me Todd.
Our family has known Todd and his family for many years. He was a fun person and always kind. Please know that we are all thinking about your family at this difficult time. The Neff family Allen, Margie, Greg and Miranda
Words can not express how much I will miss Todd. We grew up together riding mini bikes, going to motor cross races, SCC basketball games & swimming in the pool. You were like a little brother to me. I have such fond memories of these good times. You were so talented at motorcross racing. I loved watching you race and then in later years driving race cars. You definetly had a need for speed. You always had a infectious smile and laugh, never a dull moment with you around. I hope you know how much I loved you. Rest in peace little brother, say hi to your Dad and my Mom for me, they will keep you company now. My deepest sympathy to you Sharon, Susan and Alec. May God be with you all. Tina
I've been at a dirt track since I was born and there are just some guys you will never forget. I will always remember that yellow and blue 7a coming down to Farmington. Todd was an awesome driver and an even better person. He will be missed in may circles and that 7a will always race in our memories
Toddy, Thru the years we raised our babies together the good and the bad :) You were always there to help mom and dad out and ANYONE else for that matter. They loved you like a son and we loved you like a brother. May you finally rest in peace with your dad and know that your beautiful spirt will live on forever thru doodlebug. You were one of a kind :)
Todd was one hell of a guy. He was the type of friend who would give his shirt off his back if you needed it. Thoughts and prayers to the Taeger family. R.I.P Todd love ya brother.
To the Taeger family, our heart and prayers go out to you. Todd was a great guy and my son spent many years hanging at his house with Alec and I never worried about him even when Todd took him out of town. He always welcomed the fellas at his home and they enjoyed theirselves when spending time with him. I know it is very painful right now but his spirit will always live on in those who knew him. May you find comfort and peace within because he will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Todd always had a great big smile and and wave when I would see him at the races, even years after he retired from driving, he still loved strolling through the pits at sprint car races. RIP Todd, may your family hold your memory forever in their hearts as so many of us will as well. Prayers and condolences to the entire family.
Todd you will be missed,you were a buddy of mine and my dad( John Crear) and were there for me like several others when i lost my dad, Thank u!!! Love Always Crear 36
Our hearts go out to your entire family. We will be thinking of you all.
My deepest sympathy's to you all at this time of your loss.
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