Todd Jeremy Jordan, 50, a Northland resident in KCMO passed away Friday, March 16, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his wife & daughters. He was born October 9, 1961 in Topeka, KS to Joe E. and Barbara S. (Keating) Jordan. Todd was a graduate of Park Hill High School.
Todd was born in Topeka, KS moving to Kansas City as a young boy. Todd often shared very fond memories of summers and extended time spent with both his paternal and maternal grandparents in Topeka & Blain, KS. Todd was old school with a work ethic taught him by spending time with an older generation.
He graduated from Park Hill High School in 1980 after which he attended trade school and learned welding. He was part owner/operator of CRT Automotive in Parkville, MO, named for the three owners Curtis, Rick & Todd. It would be of no surprise that he worked three (3) jobs to support his young family. Todd worked in many fields, airline freight, truck parts & equipment, machine mechanic, welder, lighting, maintenance, trenching, operating heavy equipment. When he decided to participate in the American Royal BBQ, he built his own smoker. He was a jack of all trades and could fix or build anything and had friends in all walks of life.
Todd loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing. He taught all of his children, and many others, to fish sharing that if you kiss the first fish you catch and put it back, it will bring you luck to catch more fish. I’m not so sure he really believed this, but more so found joy in how many people he could get to kiss fish! He loved shooting guns and even taught a few hunter safety courses. Todd exercised his rights and obtained his Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit and we often called him a gun savant. If he watched an old western or a cop show, he would always identify the type, brand, caliber of firearm and ALWAYS followed up with, “I’d like to have one of those.”
As a young man, Todd raced dirt bikes and never lost his love for motorcycles. He always had some sort of motorcycle, often in pieces in the garage to tinker with and modify to make it cooler and better. As an adult he owned Harley’s, bought his reluctant wife her own where they met some amazing people who shared the HD passion.
One of the most descriptive words used to describe Todd was that he was ORNERY. He could talk to anybody, fix anything and had a sense of humor that everyone could appreciate. He was never an outwardly affectionate man which is why we believe God gave him four daughters. If you told him “I Love You” he would always reply with “Thank You.” With him it wasn’t your words but your actions and we never doubted the love he showed for his family and friends every day. Todd was truly an old soul and saying he will be missed is a gross understatement.
Jennifer always told their girls that their father was Superman.
Survivors include his wife, Jennifer (Gates) Jordan of the home; his children, Tatum J. Epperson and husband Jeff, Alexandria Bean all of KCMO; Tess Jordan and Teddi Jordan of the home; two grandchildren, Van and Layla Epperson; his parents, Joe and Barbara Jordan of Parkville, MO; two brothers, Tim Jordan of California and Troy Jordan of Gladstone, and a generous extended family (you know who you are).
Todd always said that golf courses and cemeteries were the biggest waste of space and thought it more fitting to have a party & drink a beer. His girls are planning a Going Away party to truly celebrate his life and will share that information as soon as plans can be confirmed. We will keep you updated on an event page through Tatum’s Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/events/333665646683363/ In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to NorthCare Hospice and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.
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