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John Nicholas Todroff

John Nicholas Todroff, 66, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 21, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Marion after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

John was born on November 10, 1953 in Gary, IN to John Paul and Rosemary (Kapas) Todroff. 

John enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, and volunteered to serve in Vietnam; however, his knowledge and talent in heavy equipment operation were better utilized in the United States Naval Construction Battalions (Seabees). After completing his military service, he owned and operated Todroff Equipment and later worked at Odum Concrete as Shop Manager for many years. He loved operating and working on heavy equipment, helping others solve mechanical problems, and most of all spending time with his family and friends. He was known for his kindness, optimism, unique sense of humor, and animated colloquialisms. John always enjoyed traveling to Colorado to visit his daughter and grandson, especially spending time in the Rocky Mountains.

Survivors include his daughter, Megan Rebecca Todroff and beloved grandson, Simon Brown, both of Grand Junction, Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Christine (Todroff) Hazel. 

John’s wishes were to be cremated.  A private service will be held for immediate family and friends.  Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements. The family would like to thank his wonderful friends for their love and care in the weeks leading up to his passing. 

Per John's wishes, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/PO Box 411/Marion, IL 62959

"Anything you want is out there, all you have to do is go get it." 

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Sorry to hear about your Dad. Nice obit (bet you wrote it). Take care dear girl. I have high admiration form you and think that that Simon is a cool little guy! Glad to see your post on Facebook and hope that you keep up with me on mine.

Mike Norrington Sep 22 2020 1:01 AM

Megan and Simon , John has been a good friend and customer throughout the 24 years we have been in business . He was very proud of you , Simon , and the new dragline he had recently purchased . John was always either in a hurry , or had time to visit . The last few months we had some really good visits . We will never forget him . You have our sympathy and prayers .

Eric and Debbie Harrison , S.I. Truck Parts Sep 21 2020 9:22 PM

Our family is so sorry for yours and Simon's loss. He raised such a beautiful soul and watch you grow to be such an amazing accomplished woman.

Alta Akers Sep 21 2020 9:02 PM