The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


September 10, 2013

Todd Lee Near

Todd Lee Near

Feb. 9, 1963 - Sept. 7, 2013

FULTON, Ill. — Todd Lee Near, 50, of Fulton, died Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. There will be no visitaiton. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Fulton chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to St. Judes Children Hospital.

Todd was born February 9, 1963, in Morrison, IL, to Harry A. and Lois N. (Latimer) Near.

He was educated in the Fulton, IL grade school and graduated from Fulton High School, Fulton, IL in 1981. Todd graduated from a Tool and Die school in Sterling, IL.

He worked for Jack Hamilton Construction and Ray Wiebenga Construction in Fulton, IL. He also was employed at Sterling Wire Mill in Sterling, IL. Todd was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as an engineer.

Todd was very active in wrestling and football in high school. Todd enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. Todd was a very devoted family man enjoying the time he spent with them. Todd was a member of the NRA and Ducks Unlimited. He was also member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainman Division 125.

Survivors include a fiancee, Thipwipha “Kat” Arjjumpa, Bangkok, Thailand; mother, Lois N. Near, Fulton, IL; one sister, Jill Near-Knorr, Platteville, WI; three brothers, Garry Near, Muscatine, IA, Larry “Moe” (Kim) Near, Fulton, IL, Terry (Laurae) Near, Clinton, IA; five nieces, Jessica (Brian) Hildebrant, Marissa (Brian) Schultz, Jasmyne Near, Hannah Near, Emma Near; eight nephews, Virgil L. (Poi) Richardson, Joshua (Kim) Near, Justin (Tara) Near, Jordan Near, Logan Near, Landon Near, Tanner Near, Lane Near; and many dear friends and railroad buddies.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry A. Near; sister-in-law, Phyllis Near; paternal grandparents; and maternal grandparents.

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Death date: Sept. 7, 2013

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