Tristan E. Toppert
On Monday, January 13th, 2020, our beloved Tristan Earl Toppert chose to walk with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Being strong of his faith, God's love called him to heaven abounding with peace and love. We know his beautiful smile was greeted warmly by his Uncle John and Aunt Marilyn.

Funeral services will be at 10:30am, Monday, January 20, 2020 at the Fulton High School Gymnasium. Burial will be in the Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Brent Toppert, Matt Toppert, Andy Toppert, Sean Veryzer, Chad Veryzer, Bradley Toppert, Carson, Raya, and Rylan Toppert. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the Fulton High School Football team. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00pm - 7:00pm at the Elvira Zion Lurtheran Church. The family invites those attending the services to represent Steamer Nation, the San Francisco 49ers, or wear red and black. Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory - Clinton is assisting the family, online condolences may be expressed by visiting his obituary at www.snellzornig.com.


Tristan Earl Toppert was born on June 26, 2002, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Kevin and Lisa (Stuedemann) Toppert. Proud brother Andy was there upon his arrival and welcomed Tristan to the world with his first hug. Tristan was currently a junior at Fulton High School where he loved being a part of the building trades program. He relished in learning new skills in the program and valued all of his fellow building trades classmates, but especially his sweet program friend, Kaleb. Tristan cherished being a part of Steamer Nation and being a member of the football brotherhood, which was like another family to him. He was also active in track and had played the saxophone up to this year. He and Mr. Anton tried to make band work in his schedule, but his priority was to attend building trades at the Whiteside Area Vocational Center in Sterling, IL.

Tristan loved his family and was deeply rooted in his faith. He believed that love abounds and forgiveness should be freely given. He was a member of Elvira Zion Lutheran Church where he was willing to serve in any capacity needed including leading the potato room at the fall supper this last year. He relished his confirmation friends and the many memories as they all grew in their love of the Lord.

He had a servant's heart and would share love freely. His smile and once in a while mischievous grin could light a room. He loved working with his hands and spent many hours with his grandfather to learn more about woodworking and welding. He poured his heart and soul into handmade gifts for all of his family this Christmas that will be cherished forever. He loved to hunt and fish. He was an avid San Francisco 49ers fan and was very excited for the game this weekend. Tristan's spirit and spunk were absolutely "Contagious", something that we will all cherish forever!

Tristan is survived by his parents: Kevin & Lisa Toppert of Fulton; three brothers and their family: Brent (Heather) Toppert: Bradley, Embrey, and Kyver of Morrison, Illinois, Matt (Andrea) Toppert: Rylan & Quinten of Clinton, Iowa, Andy (Tori) Toppert: Bentley & Garrett of Fulton, Illinois; his paternal grandparents: Gale & Dorothy Toppert of Morrison, Illinois; his material grandparents: Ray & Evelyn Stuedemann of Clinton, Iowa; his uncle: Jeff (Emily) Toppert: Maxwell & Henry of Cantonment, Florida; his aunts and Godparents: Lana (Brent) Griswold: Kelsee (Brandon) McCulloh, Karlee Griswold of Clinton, Iowa; and Leslie (Juan) Raya: Adia & Carson of Geneseo, Illinois; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his nephew, Cayden.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to a scholarship fund being established in Tristan's name.

Tristan was the light of the world to his family and friends. He left an indelible mark on those around him. As we learn to go on minute by minute and day by day in a world without Tristan, we ask you to help us honor his memory forever. Give love freely and forgive as the Lord has guided us. We ask you to choose kind even when it is hard, choose kind even when it isn't cool, and most importantly choose kind to honor the spirit of Tristan.
Published on January 16, 2020

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Lori and Kurt Otto
Jan 21, 2020
Wow, no words. Prayers and hugs during this time. May His peace give you comfort. With Him, all things are possible. Keep the memories close. Love you.
Dan and Rose McEleney
Jan 19, 2020
Our deepest condolences and prayers. May our Lord Jesus Christ hold each and every one of you in the palm of His hand.
Danette Roberts and family
Jan 17, 2020
Words cannot express our feelings for you all at this time. Please know that you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers now and always. We love you all dearly now and always.
Deborah Daehler
Jan 17, 2020
I can't imagine or begin to know the heartache you and your family are going through. There are no words to express how saddened I was to hear the news about Tristan. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. 😢🙏
Love the Hagers Barry, Leslee, Tayt and Trace
Jan 16, 2020
Be My Love Bouquet with Red Roses was purchased for the family of Tristan E. Toppert by Love the Hagers Barry, Leslee, Tayt and Trace.  Send flowers
Jerry and Lisa Lehr
Jan 16, 2020
We are lifting Tristan and all of his loved ones and friends who mourn his loss up to our heavenly father.