Robert “Bob” Otis Todd, 94, passed away peacefully at his home at the Good Samaritan Independent Living facility in Loveland Colorado, on August 10, 2014.
He was born February 20, 1920, the son of Elsie (Deay ) and Otis Todd in Russell Springs, Kansas. When he was one year old, the family relocated to Goodland, Kansas, and in 1939, he graduated from Sherman Community High School in Goodland.
He married Ethelwyn Ione Moore on July 16, 1941, and they recently celebrated seventy-three years of marriage. They had one daughter and three sons. Early on, he and Ione farmed with his father and brother. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in Europe in the 11th Armored Division, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, and helping liberate prisoners of Giessen and Mauthausen concentration camps. After returning home, he worked in the Goodland United States Post Office. After twenty-seven years, he retired as Assistant Post Master in 1980.
Bob loved life, family, people, dancing, and card games, and was always whistling and laughing. He was adored by his grandkids, great-grandkids, nieces, and nephews, and their home was always open and welcome to anyone who stopped by. Modest by income, he completely built the family home on Walnut Street out of a granary that had been moved to Goodland from the farm. Over the years, he added rooms and remodeled it as the family grew. They relocated to Loveland, Colorado, in 2003.
Bob was an active member of the First Christian Church, both in Goodland and in Loveland, holding several leadership positions. He was a Life Time Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Club in Goodland. He was able to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, through the generous donations of Honor Flight, Loveland, Colorado, in 2010, which was a special event for him.
Surviving family includes his wife Ione, of seventy-three years, of Loveland, Colorado; grandson Clayton Todd (son of the late Robert Orvil Todd) of Prairie Village, Kansas; daughter Sheryl Martin and her husband Dan of Longmont, Colorado; grandsons Gregg, Craig, Steve, and Brian Martin and granddaughters Kelly Reynolds and Trish Isaacson; son Larry Todd and his wife Connie of Billings, Montana; grandson Clinton Todd and granddaughter Nichole Babiak; and son Gregory Todd and his wife Cheryl of Greeley, Colorado; grandsons Johnathan Todd and Jeremy Todd; and thirteen great-grandkids.
Preceding him in death were his son Robert Orvil Todd; grandson Scott Martin; sister Josephine Clara Hayden; and brothers Merton Orvil Todd and Delbert Dean Todd.
A Memorial Service will be held at the First Christian Church in Loveland, Colorado, on Friday August 15, at 1:00 PM.
A Graveside service will be held at the Goodland Cemetery in Goodland, Kansas, on Tuesday, August 19, at 1:00 PM MT, with Reverend Carol Edling Jolly officiating. Military honors will be provided by United States Army, Fort Riley, Kansas, and Veterans of Foreign Wars—Lowell Coleman Post 1133.
Memorials may be designated to Honor Flight, Inc., and may be left at the Graveside Service or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N Main, Goodland, KS 67735-1555.