Tad Venzke


Tad Clovis “Wheelz” Venzke, 22, of Manly, Iowa, died on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.  A funeral service for Tad will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 at Bethel United Methodist Church, 503 East South Street, Manly, with Pastor Don Preston officiating.  Burial will follow in the Manly Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., 

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 at the Bethel United Methodist Church and will continue one hour prior to the service on Friday.   

The family suggests memorials be made in Tad’s name in care of his family.

Please wear your blue jeans, skater shoes and a t-shirt to his funeral and visitation.

The world has lost a true hero.  A champion of those less fortunate.  The kindest, tough guy the world has ever known.

Tad taught everyone to face uncertainty with JOY!  He taught children that it was o.k. to be different, to follow your own path. He made friends (LOTS of them) wherever he went.  He forced people to look past his wheelchair and find the incredible person he was.

Tad loved his friends, puppies, kitties, children, and life.

He just graduated from Waldorf and was anxious to start his next big adventure.

He leaves behind a legacy of love and hope for all who knew him.

Please continue his journey.  Live your life as if today will be your last.  Spread kindness, love, and acceptance.

Tad is survived by his loving mom and dad, Kellie (Larry) Venzke, Saint Peter, Minn., and Wayne “Butch” (Lynn) Venzke, Manly; his brother, Cody, and his wife, Holly, Palo Alto, Calif.; grandparents, William and Arlene Blanchard, Manly, Wayne Venzke, Mason City, Iowa, and Larry and Kay Day, Clear Lake, Iowa; aunts and uncles, Doug and LeAnne, Shellie, Kevin and Jaime, Dee and Tony, Mindy and Clint, and Jay and Mollie; along with his favorite cousins, Will, Georgia, Vanessa, Kolton, Kelsie, Kendra, Alex, Madelyn and Tessa.

Bride Colonial Chapel, Manly, was in charge of arrangements.  

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