Condolence & Memory Journal

Ruth, We are so sorry to hear about Todd. Please know you and your family our in are prayers.

Posted by Dawn Barkley - Coatesville, PA - Family   January 07, 2020

Ruth, I was a coworker of Tod's for the final 11 (2004-2015) years of his career at ATK. We
would always joke with each other about
baseball since he was a Phillies fan and I liked the Mets. Tod was one of the first people I thought of when the eagles won it all in 2018. He was a great guy and he will be missed. You a and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Randy Smith - Lincoln University, PA - Coworker   December 28, 2019

I worked for 13 years with Tod at Thiokol.
He was a pleasure to work with. Everyone thought very highly of Tod. He was such a friendly and kind man. My husband and I visited with he and Ruth at their home off Lombard Rd. I can't believe he is gone. My heart goes out to Ruth, the children and grandchildren. I'm sorry I missed the viewing. I was thinking it was the 28th instead of the 27th. Chris Dixon

Posted by A friend   December 27, 2019

Ruthie, Brian, and Shelley,
I am so sorry for your loss, and for all members of your family who each must feel sorrow that he is no longer here. To not see him in his familiar chair, must be keenly felt. Tod was gentle and funny and unassuming, and he touched many lives. He was someone who paid attention to the details; and in attending, he let others know that they mattered to him. I smile when I think about him wrapping my leg cast in plastic bags and so very much duct tape, so that I too could learn to kayak. Over the years, he taught many people at the Charlestown cottage to boat, to kayak, to love his view from the porch, and to love his river. He was someone who took care of things, and we will all miss him. Love, Jean

Posted by Jean Clark - Rising Sun, MD - Family Friend   December 26, 2019

Bud told me about Tod's passing. You two were such an amazing classy couple. I don't remember if you knew that he profoundly changed my life and likely saved my life. I was going to become a marine after high school. He and Bud talked me into going to Western. I owe him a lot. He was such a good man.

Posted by John Lindsay - Milledgeville, GA - Friend   December 26, 2019

So sorry for your loss Aunt Ruthie, Shelly and Brian. Uncle Tod was always so sweet and kind growing up. I always thought to myself when I was younger Brian snd Shelly have the best dad. They sure are lucky. Wish I could be there but I definitely am in spirit. Love you guys

Posted by Erica woodward - Charlestown, IN - Family   December 24, 2019

Dear Ruthie,
Tim and I are so sorry to learn of Tod's passing. When I heard the news, memories of all the good times we had together as kids came flooding back - times at the cottage playing hide and seek and catching fireflies, thinking it was heaven spending the night sleeping on those old iron army cots on the porch, swimming and jumping off the raft in the river, fishing, and as teens, learning to waterski. Tod would drive the boat and it was always an adventure because as he would retell it, I was blind as a bat without my glasses! Then there are all the memories of our times spent together at the farm during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays - watching Pop Pop make fudge on the marble top table, playing poker on the big front porch, hiding under the huge dining room table during the adults' Thanksgiving dinner (and thinking they didn't know we were there. LOL) As adults the times together were infrequent as we lived so far apart (me in Georgia and then Florida) but on holidays when we did reconnect, it was always as though we hadn't really been apart. He will be sorely missed.
With love,
Cousin Judy

Posted by Judy Timothy - TITUSVILLE, FL - Family   December 24, 2019

Aunt Ruthie, you, Shelly, Brian & family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Uncle Tod was a kind man inside & out. Now there is no more suffering, he is dancing with Jesus & my Gracie, who loved gorgeous men, like Tod. Love you, Julie Kay

Posted by Julie Yount Semones - Jeffersonville, IN - Family   December 24, 2019

I remember one time when uncle Tod, aunt Ruthie, Brian, and Shelley came to aunt Betty's during summer. I was sitting in the living room and he was tracing letters on my back and he told me to try and guess what he was spelling. I didn't figure it out but, I can't remember if it was because I really just couldn't figure it out or if I got it wrong on purpose because it felt nice. I love you guys.

Posted by Kristin Nichelson - Louisville, KY - Family   December 23, 2019

Aunt Ruthie,
I NEVER met a better person than Tod and IDo this, always forward to throwing around the football when we were young! I am so sorry for your loss.
I love you,
George Shepherd

Posted by George Shepherd - Charlestown, IN - Family   December 23, 2019

Auth Ruthie I am praying for you during this tough time. As a child I remember time with Uncle Tod when we visited Washington DC, the Smithsonian institute and the space museum. Visiting Maryland was always so special to me. I remember Tod took me on the sail boat at the cottage. I was pretty nervous but I remember Tod's calm disposition and I knew I was in good hands. I had the opportunity to visit Tod again in January this year. We talked about our memories at the cottage and he reflected on his retirement. Even though time had surely passed, his kindness and mild tempered disposition was still so comforting to me. I will always remember how kind of a man he was. Love you, Debra

Posted by Debra Wotrang - Buffalo, MN - Family   December 23, 2019

I am thinking of your family at this difficult time. Your family is so amazing. You love deeply and would do anything for each other. I hope that you will allow some of us to help you when you need it. You are all in my thoughts.

Posted by Colleen Donahue - Friend   December 22, 2019

Aunt Ruthie, Paula and I are sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed spending time with Uncle Tod. I remember the first time we was at the cottage. The windows were open with the breeze blowing through the cottage. Uncle Tod was reading the sports page in the paper and enjoying every minute of the day. I remember your wedding in Clarksville, and Uncle Tod always taking time with us kids on summer visits. Peace, Ronnie & Paula

Posted by Ronnie Clapp Jr. - Sellersburg, IN   December 22, 2019

Ruth - We were so very sorry to hear of Tod's passing. Please know that you all are in our hearts and prayers. With love, Lisa (Dillen) Lottes, Casey & Ashley.

Posted by Lisa Lottes - Rising Sun, MD - Neighbor   December 22, 2019

Thinking of you and sending my heart-felt sympathy. I remember all the wonderful times we had together. It was such an enjoyment to spend time with Tod and your family the many summers Marion and I came there to visit. I will never forget the summer we were there that Ruthie and I decided to reupholster the couch with material that had been our mother's and was probably pretty old!. When he got home from work that day, it was in pieces all over the floor at the cottage and he wondered if we would be able to get the couch back together and in working condition! He was very happy the next day when he got home and we had the couch finished and looking great! I will treasure all the times I had the pleasure of being with Tod! With love, Mary Lois

Posted by Mary Lois Shepherd - Otisco, IN - Sister   December 22, 2019


To Ruthie, Shelly & Pete and Brian. No words can heal the hurt. Tod was wonderful husband and father. We are so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Scott & Kim Stoner - Greenwood, IN - Family   December 22, 2019

My uncle Tod is always; calm, caring, genuine, giving, and by all accounts of everyone lucky enough to know him a great guy. Tod truly loved family, his own for sure, and his extended family. I have to think that when he met my aunt Ruth at WKU he had no idea that he would end up spending his vacations year after year traveling to Indiana to visit her eight siblings and a seemingly endless number of nieces and nephews, but he did just that. It was obvious how much he loved Ruth, who has rock star status here in southern Indiana. By coming here with her and allowing us to get to know him, Tod has rock star status as well. My uncle Tod is a person who's character I consider to be the benchmark for what it means to be a dedicated family man. I love my uncle Tod and am lucky to have so many great memories with him. My most heartfelt sympathies and love to my aunt Ruth and cousin's Brian and Shelley.

Posted by Denny Hoessle - Family   December 22, 2019

Aunt Ruthie, we are so sorry for your loss. Tod was a great man and was loved by so many. We are keeping your family and friends in our thoughts and prayers. Lots of love from Brett, Hannah & Lucy.

Posted by Brett Shepherd - Otisco, IN - Family   December 22, 2019

Aunt Ruthie and family. We are so very sorry about Uncle Tod's passing. I will always remember his wonderful smile and his great laugh. We are thinking and praying for you all during this difficult time. Love you.

Posted by Cheryl Beckman - Floyds Knobs, IN - family   December 22, 2019

Aunt Ruthie, Brian, and Shelley...I was saddened to hear about Uncle Tod's passing. Please know that you're all in my thoughts during this difficult time. Love to you all.

Posted by Jim Yount - Oakland, CA - Family   December 22, 2019

Ruthie I'm so very sorry for your loss. Please let Shelley know how very sorry I am.

Posted by Lois Farmer - New Albany, KS - Friend   December 22, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories with the Young family when we were little...especially at the cabin. My heart goes out to all of you. Please know that I'm thinking if you all.

Posted by Lauren Crosse    December 22, 2019

So sorry for the loss of a great person and my Uncle. My Aunt Ruthie's soul mate, friend, husband and father. Love and prayers for the family.

Posted by Patricia Ward - Elizabthtown, KY - Family   December 21, 2019


George and I send our deepest sympathy for such a loss. We remember Tod as very congenial and always a friendly smile. Peace be with all the family.

Posted by Kathy Conway - Unionville, PA - Family Friend   December 21, 2019

Aunt Ruthie I am so sorry for your lost. Uncle Tod was a great person. As a kid he always made you feel important in what ever you were into, sports,school,etc. I will be praying for you,Brian,and Shelly.

Posted by Pat Yount - Scottsburg, IN - Family   December 21, 2019

Aunt Ruthie, Brian, Shelley and family, and Douglas, I am so very sorry for your loss. Tod was the nicest person I've ever known! He was a wonderful man and I will miss him greatly. Prayers for all of you during this difficult time. Love you all so much.

Posted by Norma Croft - Jeffersonville, IN - Family   December 21, 2019

Aunt Ruthie you and your family are in our thoughts and Prayers. Sending our love.

Posted by Kari Yount - New Washington, IN - Family   December 21, 2019

I am so sorry to read of Tod's passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family.

Roberta Palmer

Posted by Roberta Palmer - Magnolia, DE - Friend   December 20, 2019

Aunt Ruthie, I'm so sorry to hear this. Uncle Tod was a great Godfather and I know he will be missed by so many. Love, hugs, and prayers shared with all of you. Love, Carrie (Hillman), Jay, Casey and Jason Douthit

Posted by Carrie Hillman Douthit - Millington, MD - Family Friend   December 20, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for a healing heart .

Posted by Maggie Kramer - Jeffersonville, IN   December 20, 2019