Todd John “TJ” Uecker, Jr., age 28, of Cokato, formerly of Hutchinson and Stewart, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at the Hutchinson Health Hospital.
He was born Oct. 18, 1991, in Hutchinson, the son of Todd John Sr. and Helen Marie (Kohlbacher) Uecker. TJ was baptized as an infant Nov. 10, 1991, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, and was confirmed in his faith as a youth at the same church.
He received his education in Stewart and Hutchinson.
TJ grew up in Stewart and Hutchinson, and recently lived in Cokato. He was employed at Spectralytics in Dassel, where he worked in production.
He enjoyed gaming online with friends, construction, remodeling, and had a special interest in cars. TJ especially enjoyed spending time with his family, nephews, and friends.
He is survived by his mother, Helen Kohlbacher of Cokato; father, Todd Uecker Sr. and his wife, Jodi, of Stewart; siblings, Felesha Pagel and her husband, John, of Gibbon, Jaden Uecker of Hutchinson, Micah Uecker, and Jordyn Uecker, both of Stewart; nephews Milo and Peyton Pagel; grandparents, George and Rita Nelson of Litchfield, Dennis and Diana Klingbile of Ivanhoe, and Robert Uecker of Buffalo Lake; great-grandmother Gladys Markgraf of Buffalo Lake; step grandparents James and Terri Sangren of Dassel; and many other relatives and friends.
TJ was preceded in death by his grandma Darlene Nelson; grandpa David Kohlbacher; great-grandparents John and Lucille Stark, and Nick and Johanna Grengs; uncle, Chad Uecker; great uncle, John Stark; and cousin, Christopher Ziemann.
TJ’s funeral service took place Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with Pastor Paulus Pilgrim officiating. The organist was Sharon Barton. Congregational hymns included “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Amazing Grace,” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment was in the Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Casket bearers were Brandon Bonnema, Kevin Halloff, JT Coughlin, Gavin Pendleton, Micah Uecker, and Dan Nason.
TJ’s nephews, Milo and Peyton Pagel were honorary casket bearers.
There was visitation Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson, continuing Thursday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Obituary and guestbook can be found at www.hantge.com.