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Todd G. Schonfeldt Sr.
November 13, 1961 ~ September 23, 2023 (age 61) 61 Years Old
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Todd G. Schonfeldt Sr., age 61, of Marshfield, WI passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at the Marshfield Medical Center MICU with family by his side.
Todd was born on November 13, 1961 to Melvin and Virginia (Stangl) Schonfeldt in Marshfield, WI. He attended Marshfield Senior High School.
From his youth, Todd helped with his parent’s farm and learned a lot of characteristics and skills from his father Mel. One of Todd’s favorite childhood activities was operating amature radios communicating with his friends and his cousins. Throughout his life he told many stories about the animals and his experiences growing up with friends and neighbors.
Commonly known as Soddly of Shifty, Todd had a dream of driving truck from a young age as he watched brightly lit semis travel down Central Avenue from the upstairs window of Schirpke’s Bar.
In his early years Todd drove for Ed Brock and Edelweiss Cheese, his friend Gordy Reinwand helped him get his start with J&R Schugel of New Ulm, MN around 1985. About 2 years later, Shifty purchased his 1983 Peterbilt Cabover. He continued to drive for J&R and purchased his 1989 Peterbilt 379 new from Peterbilt of Wisconsin-Madison. He still talked about the impression Chuck Jorgensen made by shaking his hand that day. In 1995 Todd started his own authority, Red Hawk Transport in Marshfield. He drove his 1998 Peterbilt 379 3.2 million miles right up to his passing.
On November 14, 1992 at Saint John’s Catholic Church, Todd married Julie LeMahieu in Marshfield, WI. Together they had one son, Todd Jr. Thereafter they divorced.
Todd is survived by his long-time partner Linda Herwald of Marshfield, son Todd (Britni) Schonfeldt Jr., Linda’s sons, Gary (Michelle), Brian (Joanne), and Chris (Charesse) Popp. Grandchildren Allie and Kaysen Schonfeldt, Boston and Presley, Kenny, Britney Popp, and Ethan and Even (Taylor) Ensign. He is further survived by some of his maternal aunts and uncles, as well as many cousins, friends, and fellow truckers. His lifelong pal, Al Zahn, stood by his side to the end. Todd was preceded in death by his parents, Mel and Virg, and multiple aunts, uncles, and other relatives.
Memorial Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, October 7, 2023 at Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home (1010 E. Veterans Parkway) in Marshfield. Pastor Mark Krueger officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the time of service on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Make-A-Wish Truck Convoy of Neillsville, WI. Todd was a long-time supporter and participant in the Convoy. Please reach out to Todd Jr. or call Punk Montgomery at (715) 238-7797 with questions on the convoy.
Rest easy Driver, we’ve got the load covered from here.