By Denise Peterson, Publisher
Ted Domeier, 68, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 13 at the hospital in Redwood Falls.
His death will leave a huge hole in the Fairfax community and the surrounding areas.
Ted was extremely active in his community…to the extent that some say he was its heart and soul. And in the process, he left his mark on the many other hearts and souls he touched.
He volunteered on the Fairfax Fire and Rescue Squad for many years, and was an active member of St. Andrews Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus group.
He owned the Fairfax Agency, selling insurance to many people and businesses in the area. But he was more than an ‘insurance salesman’ to his customers. He was a trusted advisor, and a friend. He prepared taxes, served as deputy registrar and city assessor.
Ted knew that being a businessman in a small town went well beyond the walls of the business. He would go to Smokey Hollow for coffee and cards, and to brighten someone else’s day. People rarely left his presence without a smile on their face.
He cared about his town, and he volunteered tirelessly for the community. He was often seen spraying weeds on ‘Main Street’ to keep the town looking neat. He supported various groups, attended local events, and could be counted on to be ‘designated grill master’ whenever the situation called for it.
If a new business came to town, Ted would become their first and best customer and a tireless promoter. He wanted to see everyone succeed and would do whatever he could to help them. Dave Busch of Dave’s Full Service said Ted was instrumental in helping him get his start. “He gave me the opportunity to get into business for myself and also promoted it for me. He was such an amazing guy,” said Dave. “He gave his full commitment to everything that he was involved with.”
If you needed him and you asked (and sometimes if you didn’t), he was there. Somehow he just knew when and where he was needed. He was named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in 2012 by the Fairfax Civic and Commerce Association. Ted’s niece, Becky Hess stated “He wore more hats than Dr. Suess!”
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