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Rev. Robert M. Todd

The Rev. Robert M. Todd, 93, passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. He was a resident of the Franklin United Methodist Community.

He was born June 2, 1921, in Crawfordsville to Carl S. and Dailie (Cory) Todd.

He married Ardith A. (Kitterman) Todd on May 24, 1945, in Indianapolis.

He was a 1939 graduate of Crawfordsville High School, received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana Central College in Indianapolis (now University of Indianapolis), graduated from Bonebreak Seminary (now United Theological Seminary) in Trotwood, Ohio, and received his master’s degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.

At the University of Indianapolis he was chosen outstanding freshman and later became the editor of the school paper. While attending United Seminary, he worked for the American Red Cross, First Evangelical United Brethren Church and Grace Methodist Church in Ohio.

Pastorates have been mostly in Central Indiana with the exception of two years at Jeffersonville.

He served in the ministry for 43 years. The churches were Campbell’s Chapel/New Century, Dayton, Ohio; Grace Avenue (Assoc.), Phoneton, Ohio; Evangelical & Reformed, Dayton, Ohio; First (Assoc.) Pleasant Hill United Church of Christ, Veedersburg; Mohawk/Otterbein; Noblesville United Brethren; Muncie Corinth; Indianapolis Trinity; Indianapolis Belmont; Shelbyville West Street; Jeffersonville Springdale/St. James; New Castle Trinity/Salem; Indianapolis Brookside; and retiring in 1984 from Trafalgar/Peoga.

During his career, he performed 208 baptisms, 570 weddings and 309 funerals and received 388 members into the churches served.

While in Indianapolis pastorates, the Rev. Todd was chairman of the audio-visual committee of the church federation and later of the communications unit for radio and television for 10 years.

Pastor Todd taught at the Purdue University Indianapolis

campus for one year and for five years taught Bible and religion at the University of Indianapolis. He was chairman of the youth committee and a board member of the Central YMCA for several years. During his pastorate at Shelbyville, he was chairman of the ministerial association, county CROP director and director of the county UNICEF drive. He was also the first chaplain of the police department.

At Jeffersonville, he taught two districtwide Bible study courses and preached three revivals.

At New Castle, he instituted a Religion in American Life Program through the Kiwanis Club.

In the Brookside pastorate, he started a new Kiwanis Club, Indy East.

The Rev. Todd was forced to retire in 1984 with throat cancer. He became a visitation minister at Mooresville First United Methodist Church for four years until throat surgery ended the pastoral work. During that same four-year period he was Sunday chaplain at Valle Vista Hospital in Greenwood. For the next 19 years he continued to assist others with throat cancer to adjust to laryngectomy and living without voice boxes.

Survivors include his wife, Ardith A. Todd of Franklin; children, Carl W. Todd (Julie) of Indianapolis, Cathy A. Todd of Broad Ripple, Morris L. Todd (Joanne) of Saratoga Springs, New York, and Merrell D. Todd (Mary) of Martinsville; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, John Todd (Carol) of Lowell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, David Todd, Joe Todd, Lloyd Todd and Glenn Todd; and two sisters, Jean Thompson and Carol Merrill.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. Morton St. (U.S. 31 South) in Franklin. A funeral service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Wright Chapel of the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St., Franklin, with visitation from noon until service time Tuesday at the chapel. Burial will be at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St., Franklin, IN 46131.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

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