Toban Josiah Zechin lived in his mother's womb for 30 weeks and 4 days. On April 28, his nurse midwife discovered that Toban's very special heart had stopped. Toban entered this world on Friday, May 1, 2020 where his body was held in the loving arms of his parents, but his soul was already held in the loving arms of Jesus. Toban was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder that caused many abnormalities from his head to his toes. God created his body in this unique way and the journals written by his mother about his life in the womb filled people with faith, hope, love, grace, peace and strength. Toban's heart was on the outside of his body, which made it so big and strong on every ultrasound image. The deeper meanings of life brought forth from his vivid heartbeat will not be forgotten by those who heard his story. Even though the days of Toban's life were so few, the impact of his life reached so many.
Due to the current circumstances in our world, our plans to celebrate Toban's life have changed. A private family burial service will be held at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Maxwell, IA. Toban’s Great-Granny Bernice Herman lovingly gave her blessing to allow Toban’s casket to be buried beside his late Great-Grandpa Ken Herman. When we are able to gather with extended family and friends, we share more details about a celebration of life service that will honor Toban's valiant legacy. Pastor Rachelle Luitjens will officiate these services.
Toban is survived by his parents, Tamara and Kevan Zechin Jr and his older brother Kevan Zechin III of Mount Pleasant, IA. He is also survived by his grandparents, Lucinda and Stephan Gill of Wooster, OH and Laura and Kevan Zechin Sr of Keokuk, IA; his aunts Tasha Murray of Ashland, OH as well as Larisa, Lauren, Laurel and Lauretta Zechin of Keokuk, IA; his uncles Alex Murray of Ashland, OH as well as Ken, Kyle and Kirby Zechin of Keokuk, IA; his cousins Isabella and Luke Murray of Ashland, OH and several great-grandparents, great aunts and uncles as well as great-great aunts and uncles.
The family encourages those who would like to donate to a memorial fund for Toban to do so by writing checks to Tamara Zechin and sending them to 1404 E Primrose Street; Mount Pleasant, IA 52641. Donations beyond the money required for memorial service arrangements will be added to Toban's Legacy Savings Account at Wayland State Bank. The family will make donations in Toban's honor to organizations that helped us on our journey like Cradle of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, Trisomy 18 Foundation, University of Iowa Pallative Care Unit, No Foot Too Small and Caring Bridge. The money in this fund will also support various ministries that serve families affected by disability where Toban’s family will honor his legacy through their volunteer work.
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