William R. "Bill" ToddMarch 10, 1937 ~ October 25, 2017 (age 80)
William R. Todd, 80, Gallipolis, Ohio passed away Wednesday evening, October 25, 2017 with his daughters at his side. Born March 10, 1937 at Coalwood, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Ray and Ada Todd. A 1955 graduate of Big Creek High School and graduate from Marshall University in 1962, the majority of Bill’s career was spent in manufacturing management. He retired from Rockwell Automation in 2001, after more than thirty years. After his retirement, Bill was an active member of the Ernie Nestor Chapter of Trout Unlimited where he passionately participated in the conservation of rivers and streams in West Virginia. He became an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing in West Virginia and the Yellowstone region.
Bill was married to his wife, Phillis, for 48 years before her passing in June 2011. Together, they had a passion for travel and have marveled at the beauty and wonder of the world. By 1988, they had seen the splendor of the East coast. The subsequent summers were spent traveling to see many National Parks west of the Mississippi River and visiting 49 states. They also traveled to six continents. They spent several enjoyable summers working in Yellowstone National Park.
After Phillis’ passing, Bill continued to travel around the world and visited China, Egypt, Morocco, India, Australia, Galapagos, Brazil, Peru, Easter Island, Tanzania and more. He was also a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Gallipolis since 1973, active in a weekly men’s Bible Study and Sunday School.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his children and grandchildren: Theresa and Terry Wilt, Erin Wilt and Hannah Wilt, all of Galena, Ohio; Sarah and Ken Hodge, Megan Hodge and Will Hodge, all of Louisville, Kentucky; David Todd his children with Megan Jude, Jenna and Lincoln. He also is survived by a brother, Raymond Todd, Jacksonville, Florida and sister, Carol DeHaven, Coalwood, West Virginia as well as several wonderful nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher Matthew Hodge.
His daughters would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Capital City Hospice – especially Cindy Gay, Rebecca Crabbe and Jenneh Kpaka – for the loving and gentle care and comfort provided during their dad’s time at Parkside Village, Westerville, Ohio. Bill’s daughters would also like to express their deepest gratitude to their father’s dear friends and neighbors, Mike and Waverly Hively.
Funeral services to celebrate Bills life will be conducted 12:00 Noon Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Grace United Methodist Church, 600 2nd Ave, Gallipolis, Ohio with Pastor Bob Powell officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery, Gallipolis, Ohio. Friends and family may call at the church Monday 11:00 AM to the time of service. The McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Wetherholt Chapel, is honored to serve the Todd Family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Bill’s memory to: The Ernie Nester Chapter of Trout Unlimited P O Box 8801 South Charleston, WV 25303
Online registry is available via www.mccoymoore.com