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Todd Goodhart

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Dec. 4, 1965-April 22, 2009

Former Detroit Lakes resident Todd L. Goodhart, 43, of Milbank, S.D., died on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, in Milbank.

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Todd Luverne Goodhart was born to James and Shirley (Anderson) Goodhart on December 4, 1965, in Ortonville. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in Ortonville. Todd attended school in Big Stone City, S.D., until the eighth grade, when he transferred to Ortonville schools, and graduated from there in 1984. After high school, Todd attended Detroit Lakes Area Technical Institute for two years, earning a degree in business.

In 1986, Todd and his father, Jim, started Milbank Auto Sales in Milbank. After Jim's death in 1990, Todd continued to own and operate the business. On Dec. 16, 1995, Todd married Karen Jeral at Lysne Lutheran Church in rural Hawley. This union was blessed with two daughters, Katrina and Beth.

Todd had a love of the outdoors; he liked to spend time pheasant hunting and fishing. He would travel near and far, including Dallas, Texas, and Milwaukee, Ill., to attend car auctions. He made many friends on these trips, and during the auctions, if two people wanted to bid on the same car, they would "flip" for it.

Todd thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his girls, feeding ducks and spending time at the cabin. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and patiently waited years to purchase a Harley Davidson motorcycle, finally purchasing one in 1995. He also loved animals, especially his pet cat, Chico, who was a part of the family for 17 years, and his current pet cat, Jasper; he loved to hear people's reactions to the picture he had on his desk: "You didn't get him from around here."

Surviving Todd are his wife Karen, of Milbank; daughters, Katrina and Beth Goodhart, also of Milbank; brother Scott (Becky) Goodhart of Detroit Lakes; mother-in-law, Juanita Jeral of Hawley; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Duane and Kim Jeral of rural Hawley; three nephews; one step-niece; one step-nephew; many aunts, uncles and cousins; special friends Monica, Mike and Stephanie Gruba and many other friends.

Preceding Todd in death were his parents, James and Shirley Goodhart; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, April 27 at First English Lutheran Church in Ortonville, with the Rev. Marlene Elmstrom officiating.

Pallbearers for the service will be Nolan Jeral, Dustin Hills, Donavon Loeschke, Dereck Loeschke, Blake DeCamp, Clark DeCamp, James, DeCamp, and Dan Goergen. Honorary pallbearers will be Monica, Mike and Stephine Gruba, Terry Rheault, Brian Domine, Greg Gorke, Gary Rethke, Dale Johnson, Larry Hills, John Veglahn, and all of the many friends he had acquired from the auto auctions.

Burial will be at Mound Cemetery in Ortonville. Larson Funeral Home in Ortonville is handling the arrangements. To send condolences to the family online, visit the funeral home's Web site at www.larsonfuneral.com.

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