Todd Bakeberg

Todd Bakeberg

February 26, 1965 - March 15, 2020
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Our loved Todd Charles Bakeberg, 55, of Spearfish, SD, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 15, 2020, in a motor vehicle accident.
Todd was born in Gettysburg, SD, to Leo and Patience (Pat) Bakeberg on February 26, 1965. He attended his early schooling in Dupree, SD. After the sixth grade, his family moved to Spearfish, SD, where he completed school. He obtained twice the friends as he was technically a part of the Spearfish High School class of 1983 and 1984 having taken a year off before obtaining his diploma. He began working at the Spearfish Safeway in 1983 as a carryout – 37 years later, he was still working at Safeway as the meat department manager since 2004.
He married the love of his life, Billie Jo (Keckler) Bakeberg, on June 11, 1988, in Eagle Butte, SD. Todd and Billie Jo became parents in 1993 to Janesa JoRae and again in 1998 to Jacksyn Todd.
Todd was an active member of the Spearfish community, competing in recreational pool and softball leagues and cheering on his children’s extracurricular activities. He worked tirelessly to improve others’ lives, whether mowing the neighbor’s lawn, helping extended family during calving season, or standing up for his coworkers. His legacy is particularly profound on the entire Spearfish Safeway family, whose union-negotiated benefits are largely due to his organizing efforts and advocacy.
Todd is survived by his beautiful wife, Billie Jo Bakeberg; his children, Janesa & Kyle Ryan, and Jacksyn Bakeberg & fiancée Elizabeth Amiotte; his siblings (and their spouses), Ruth (David), August (Nancy), Leo, Jr. (Mona), Donald, Mary Jo, Alan (Deb), John (Janet), and Shelly (Nort); his father, Leo Bakeberg, Sr.; his mother-in-law, Patti Jo Keckler; and his brother-in-law, J.R. Keckler and his family.
Todd was preceded in death by his mother, Pat Bakeberg; his sister, Deb Grueb; his grandparents; and his father-in-law, Jack Keckler.
Simply put - Todd was the favorite. He was everyone’s favorite.
Visitation will be 5:00-6:00 p.m., with a memorial service from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Countryside Church in Spearfish with Stephan Carson of Connection Church officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish.
The family of Todd Bakeberg wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all for the condolences and sharing of their love for Todd.
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  • Visitation

    March 20, 2020 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    March 20, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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    Prayer Service from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Funeral Service

    March 21, 2020 | 10:00am
    March 21, 2020 10:00am
    Countryside Church
    625 Woodland Drive
    Spearfish, SD 57783
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    Pastor Stephen Carson
  • Interment

    March 21, 2020 | 11:30am
    March 21, 2020 11:30am
    Spearfish Rose Hill Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Spearfish, SD 57783
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Larry Deibert

Posted at 08:38am
Todd was like a younger brother to me after working side by side for over 20 years this was a terrible shock my deepest sympathies to you all Larry Deibert and family

David Ruediger

Posted at 09:28pm
Sorry for your loss of Todd. He was a great friend that I got to enjoy at work and playing softball with.
David Ruediger

Connie Auer

Posted at 12:17pm
We are so shocked & saddened to learn of Todd’s death. He was such a special person. He, Billie Jo, and the children such a precious family. Our prayers & thoughts are with you all.

Rose Abernathy

Posted at 02:26pm
We are so sorry about Todd. Billie, Steve and I send you and your family heart felt sympathy. He was such a good man.

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Posted at 02:13pm
Love John and Trudy, Amy and Jaron, Leo, Mandi and kids, Alan and kids
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