Wilkening, Todd Joel
November 22, 1965 – June 11, 2017
Age 51 of Apple Valley. On Sunday, June 11th we lost a special man. He loved his family more then he would say. He was a gentle and kind man that lived to help others, a true servant. He is survived by his wife and best friend Laurie Salden-Wilkening; sons Stetson (Jess) and Ben (Tabbie); grandchildren (Kaileigh, Anika, Skyler, Cheyanne); mother Judy Wilkening and step-mother Bonnie Wilkening; siblings: Rob (Margie), MaryAnn (Tom); sisters-in-law, Cherie, and Nancy (Steve); and many beloved friends and family. As an animal lover, he will be deeply missed by his fury kids (Hermie, Maddie, and Gracie). Todd was well known for his commitment and comprehensive approach to solving his client’s business issues. He had over 35 years’ experience working directly with health care owners in Property, Facilities and Construction Management. His innate passion for the Facilities Management industry was felt by owners, colleagues and staff alike and has thus helped Todd bring owners creative solutions, to include many local and national awards in Facilities and Environmental Management and Sustainability. He ran a faith based company as he was a very spiritual man. Todd founded FMAdvantage, LLC to help serve the ongoing needs of the Facilities Management industry with a focus on being a partner looking out for the best interest of owners in partnership with key resources and educational aides. Todd had been a speaker for corporate education seminars spanning over the past 15 years, including private and public organizations, IFMA, HCI, ASHE, TJC, State of Minnesota, University of Minnesota and WCCO Radio. Todd had served as the Vice President of Research for the International Facility Managers Association’s Health Care Institute (IFMA-HCI) and was pursuing his interest in continued research with IFMA-HCI Midwest for the advancement of health care facility management. Todd was also a known publisher for multiple media sources regarding complex facility management issues. A ceremony celebrating the life of Todd Wilkening will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley on Friday, June 23rd at 2 PM; visitation will begin at 1 PM until the time of the service. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to your local animal humane society in lieu of flowers. My dear husband Todd, we promised to love each other forever. I ache at just the loss of you and our future together on earth. “I thought of you today. But that is nothing new. I thought of you yesterday. And days before that too. I think of you in silence. I often speak your name. Your memory is my keepsake. With which I will never part. God has you in his keeping. I have you in my heart”. (Published in the Star Tribune on June 17, 2017).