Dennis R. Todd

imageA Celebration of Life service for Dennis Todd will be held at the Appleton City park building on October 26 at 2 pm. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Cameron Todd Educational Trust Fund at the Community First Banks in Butler and Appleton City Mo.

Dennis Ray Todd of Appleton City MO. & The Gunflint Trail MN. died as a result of a boating accident on Nothern Light Lake in Canada on September 12, 2013. Dennis and a friend were enjoying a day of fishing when the accident happened.  It is not completely clear of what happened but they were both ejected from the boat.  The passenger was wearing a life jacket and was able to make it to shore.  Unfortunately Dennis was not and in an apparent attempt to retrieve the boat he succumb to the cold waters and drowned in Traflagar Bay.

Dennis was a graduate of Appleton City High School.  After serving his country in the United States Army he worked various jobs in Kansas City before finding his true calling.  Dennis has been employed with Gunflint Lodge for the past 25 years as a fishing guide.  It was apparent to many repeat customers that Dennis had a true passion, he loved to fish. “Bobber down” was soon echoed throughout the Midwest from those who were fortunate enough to go north fishing with the “Walleye Jedi”.

Friends and family alike enjoyed fish fries at Dennis’ and he was always able to provide someone with fresh fish. Dennis was quick with a joke or story and always had a helping hand for anyone that was in need of one.

Dennis was born to Raymond and Betty (Harris) Todd on February 12, 1954 in Appleton City, Mo. He was proceeded in death by his father Raymond and an infant sister Janet.

Dennis is survived by his son Cameron and step-daughter Laura (Scott) Campbell, his mother Betty Todd of Appleton City, sister Judy (Steve) Adams Bloomfield IA, brother Dave (Lisa) Todd Butler, nephews Matt Brownsberger, Brian and Kyle Todd, and four grandchildren. Many cousins and friends as well.

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5 thoughts on “Dennis R. Todd

  1. Dennis will be missed by many!! I have been an annual guest of Gunflint Lodge for the past 16 years and always enjoyed seeing him to hear the latest Cameron adventure stories and what Dennis was up to over the summer! He took our group on many adventures and made a mean shore lunch!! Our visits were always filled with laughter and a few cocktails! He was a good person through and through and he will be missed. My thoughts & prayers are with all of Dennis’s family and friends at this difficult time. Teresa Tuschl from the Always An Adventure group.

  2. So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories growing up with Dennis. Always had his mischievous grin on his face that told me something fun was about to happen. Even though we were pretty young I’ll never forget our ride on the ski lift. Unfortunately we won’t be able to make it to his memorial service but know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Larry & Karla Kelly

  3. Dennis will be missed by our entire family. Dennis was an important part of the annual Gunflint experience which we have anticipated
    and enjoyed for the past several years. Dennis was an outstanding guide and fisherman. His upbeat personality entertained both
    young and old and he will be greatly missed. Our prayers and sympathy to Cameron and others in the family.

  4. I had not seen Dennis since our last trip to Gunflint Lodge in 2009 but i had hoped to see him again this summer. i was so saddened by the news of his death. Dennis was a joy to be with and a marvelous guide. He will be missed.

  5. I was very sorry to learn of Dennis passing. My family and I will truly miss Dennis. I met him almost 25 years ago. I had pleasure of fishing with him, once again, last summer and looked forward to again this year. I had a great time each time we went out, whether the fish were biting or not. Just sharing about our lives and families over the years, telling jokes and stories, and if we caught fish, well all the better. Just thinking of him and those times, I won’t forget, and it brings a smile. My sympathy and prayers to his family.

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