Obit: Paff, Erick "Todd" (1951 – 2018)
Surnames: Paff, Huls, Witek, Dardine, Meyers, Dorvinen, Tollefson, Heidtke
----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 07 Feb 2018
Paff, Erick "Todd" (8 JUL 1951 – 3 FEB 2018)
Eric "Todd" Paff, 66, died of natural causes at his home in Thorp on Saturday, February 3, 2018.
He was born July 8, 1951, to Lucretia M. (Huls) and John J. Paff of Thorp. He graduated from Thorp High School in 1969. He was part of the bands called Gruesome Sludge and Trust, and enjoyed playing the flute, piano, guitar and harmonica.
He moved to Pinedale, Wyoming in 1983 and was passionate about art and the Old West. He portrayed Scottish artist Alfred Jacob Miller in the Green River Rendezvous and was known for work that often portrayed that era. He created portraits of Indians, mountain men and landscapes in paint, ink and a variety of mediums. He also did leather work, crafted knives from materials such as antlers and obsidian, and made jewelry from historic materials.
He married Paula Witek shortly after high school and Susan Dardine while in Wyoming, but both relationships ended in divorce.
Todd moved back to Thorp in the 1990's, but continued to visit Wyoming and pursue his love of hunting in the fall. He loved the outdoors and wildlife, and was skilled in living off the land with foraging and fishing. He occasionally did carpentry jobs around Thorp.
He is survived by his siblings: Lyn Meyers and her husband, Rik, of Nevis, MN; Brian Paff and his wife, Diane, of Waukesha, WI; Martha Dorvinen and her husband, Gary, of Phoenix, AZ; Ann Tollefson and her husband, Dan, of St. Michael, MN; and Janet Heidtke and her husband, Rick, of Thorp; plus 11 nieces and nephews and 13 great-nieces and great-nephews and close friends.
Honoring a long-standing request of Todd's, there will be a celebration of his life from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 9, at Cindy's Bar in Thorp.
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