Todd J. Harding, 50
Shakopee Todd James Harding, of Shakopee (formerly of Owatonna and Jordan) passed away unexpectedly at the age of 50. A gathering of family and friends was held on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, with a Celebration of Life Service at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation, in Jordan.
On March 8, 1968, Todd James Harding came into the world. As a boy, Todd loved growing up in Jordan. He spent a lot of time outside playing with friends, biking, sledding and helping out on the Dvorak farm.
Eventually, Todd’s family moved to Elmore. During high school, Todd participated in wrestling and football. He was a talented athlete and loved sports the rest of his life. Todd graduated from Elmore High School in 1987.
Following high school, Todd enlisted in the United State Marine Corps. Just before he shipped out to San Diego for training, Todd married Shanda Miller. During his military service, Todd served both domestically and abroad in Okinawa, Japan. Todd never talked much about his time in the armed forces, but he was always proud to have served his country.
After being discharged from the Marines, Todd and Shanda started a family. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Miranda and Mitchell. They settled in Owatonna to raise their family. When the kids were little, Todd would play catch with them in the backyard, bring them on motorcycle rides, even enjoyed participating in Karate classes with his children. Todd also passed on his curious spirit to his kids. He frequently took them to the Science Museum and the Discovery Store at the Mall of America. Eventually, Todd and Shanda went their separate ways, but they both remained dedicated parents.
Todd always had such a strong work ethic, and he worked hard to provide a good life for his kids. He held various jobs over the years but spent most of his time as a driver in the trucking and transportation industry. He was a very reliable employee and well-liked by his coworkers. He took great pride in the ideal if you want something in life you worked hard for it.
When Todd wasn’t working, he was out on his motorcycle. He loved going for rides with his sister and any other friend who was up for a ride. Todd also loved music and was the biggest Metallica fan. He even has a Metallica tattoo. Todd enjoyed cheering on the local sports teams like the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and Wild. A highlight of his year was taking his grandson on their annual trip to a Twins game.
Throughout his life, Todd had lots of hobbies, but family was the most important thing in his life. He loved his children and grandchildren deeply. He was proud of all of them. Todd had a huge heart, and he always showered his family with love. Todd didn’t just show love to his family, he was so kind and generous to everyone he met.
Todd was a man of great wisdom. He left a handprint on the heart of all he met. He will be remembered always as a kind and generous man who was funny as hell. He will be deeply missed by his children, Miranda (Brian Brown) Harding and Mitchell Harding; grandkids, Kaden, MaKaila and Jace; parents, Barb and Russ Huber; siblings, Linda Adams, Chad Harding; half-siblings, Brian (Wendy) Harding, Kelli (Joe) Galbraith; other loving relatives and friends.
Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation proudly served the Harding family. www.BallardSunderFuneral.com