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James R “Jim” Todd Sr.

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On March 27, 2020 @ 8:15 am In Obituaries | 28 Comments

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James R “Jim” Todd Sr, 94, passed away peacefully on Sunday March 22, 2020 at Long Community at Highland in Lancaster, PA.  He was the loving husband of the late Lois Cushman Todd to whom he was married to for 54 years.

Born November 26, 1925, in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Aaron and Eva Ehrgood Todd.

Jim was a proud graduate of J.P. McCaskey and Millersville State Teachers College. He later earned his Master of Education from Temple University.

Jim was a teacher and guidance counselor at Penn Manor High School for 31 years.  He taught Driver’s Ed and History. He also coached baseball and basketball. He served wherever he was needed, agreeing to coach golf, even before ever having played the game himself! He retired in 1985, but continued to speak fondly of his former students and student athletes throughout the rest of his life. 

Jim served in the Army Air Force during World War II in Saipan. He earned the rank of Sergeant and worked on B-29 Bombers as a radar mechanic. He was part of the 875th Bomber Squadron 20th Air Force.

At Millersville, Jim became an outstanding baseball and basketball player. He declined an offer to play for the St Louis Browns, opting instead to take the teaching job (which paid more!) and stay in Lancaster to raise his family. He did continue to play and excel at baseball in a competitive Lancaster County league.  He also was a highly respected football and basketball official for over 30 years.

He took up golf and enjoyed many years playing with a regular group of guys at Four Seasons Golf Course. After retirement, he and Lois enjoyed traveling to visit relatives and spent most winters in Florida.  He loved doing the scramble and crossword puzzles in the daily newspaper.

Jim was predeceased by his wife, Lois, as well as eight brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his son James R Todd Jr (Elsie), his daughter Cindy A. Gebhard (David) and his son Donald M Todd (Jennie). He is also survived by seven grandchildren; Jim’s daughters Natalie and Ashley; Cindy’s children David Jr, Connie and Ryan; Don’s children Danielle and Christopher, twelve great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews; all of whom he adored.

His legacy is how well he loved and cared for his wife and children.

As a service isn’t planned at this time, please omit flowers. However, if you’d like to honor Jim’s life, consider donating to your local YMCA or Boys’ Club. Or, maybe you could buy a kid a ball, teach them to throw or dribble (with both hands), or to punt a football.  Instill, in a young life, the value of respect to parents, teachers, coaches, and referees. That would make him smile.


Condolences for the family of “James R “Jim” Todd Sr.”

Condolence from Larry & Kathy Leaman on March 27th, 2020 11:50 am

Jim was one of the people I always took the time to visit when I came home. Back when he was younger I even had the pleasure of playing golf with him at Four Seasons. It’s always hard to lose a parent but he did live a long and prosperous life and his family enhanced the joy in that life. Kathy and I offer our condolences to your entire family.

Condolence from Sharon Boyd on March 27th, 2020 12:11 pm

He was such a pleasure to wait on at Giant! He lived a wonderful life! Rip sir

Condolence from Ken & Kate Keener on March 27th, 2020 12:56 pm

A great man. He will be missed. Condolences and prayers to family. He set the bar very high for you all, but he also enabled you to reach great heights individually and as a family unit.

Condolence from Terri Walters on March 27th, 2020 2:24 pm

Jim Todd was a good neighbor and wonderful husband and father. We had many good chats and lots of laughs, lived his life well. My deepest sympathy to you Don and the family.

Condolence from Fay L. Bowers on March 27th, 2020 3:57 pm

Mr. Todd-you were our Civics teacher in the old High School of Penn Manor. The class loved and respected you. Finally, our class was fortunate to have you as one of our class advisors. My sympathy to your family.

Condolence from Jim Chryst on March 27th, 2020 6:34 pm

Jim, Cindy and Don:
I am very sadden to learn of your dad’s passing. He was a wonderful person and I enjoyed talking with him from time to time, reviewing referee time with my uncle – George Bensinger. When Jim received his J. Freeland Chryst Award, your dad I am were talking over olden times.

He will be missed.

Condolence from Mark C. DeBord on March 28th, 2020 12:32 pm

Donnie, I’m sorry to hear about your dad. He was a very nice gentleman. And he was a good basketball official.

Condolence from Joel Lesher on March 29th, 2020 8:57 am

Sorry for your loss Don. A real heartfelt tribute to your father, nicely done! And he was born shortly after the Pirates beat the Senators in the World Series in 7 games ⚾️

Condolence from Ernie Hartranft on March 29th, 2020 12:05 pm

To Jim’s family,

Jim was a good friend of ours for many years through officiating both football and basketball. He will be greatly missed in the sports community. We offer our sincere condolences to his family.

Ernie Hartranft
Henner Weaver

Condolence from John Palko on March 29th, 2020 12:33 pm

I played sports and knew Jim through officiating. I also grew up with his son, Jim. Condolences to his family.

Condolence from Woodie Pickell on March 29th, 2020 2:02 pm

Sorry to see Jim passed away. He was my basketball and baseball coach in ninth grade as well as my high school guidance counsellor. I will hold the many fond memories we shared a long time ago for the rest of my life. Thoughts and prayers to the family.⚾️⛳

Condolence from Geoff Burd on March 29th, 2020 3:50 pm

The Todd family, so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. It was a pleasure knowing Jim for 15 years and becoming very good friends with him. We golfed together with the 4 seasons guys and both of us enjoyed playing the horses at the OTW. RIP Jim. I will miss my friend. Geoff Burd

Condolence from Tom and Kathy Kambic on March 29th, 2020 5:03 pm

Sorry for your loss Donnie. May the Lord be your peace and strength during this time of grieving. Kathy and I send our condolences and love for you, Jennie and your family. i have a hug waiting for you buddy.

Condolence from James D. Lawrence on March 29th, 2020 5:31 pm

Sorry to read about Mr. Todd. (I have fond memories of him from Penn Manor–Class of 1963.)

Condolence from Ted Wissler on March 29th, 2020 8:28 pm

I remember Mr. Todd very fondly …. from summers at Brookside Pools in Lancaster playing basketball at their court …. pick up games to 11 win by 2 …. slso he was a referee in basketball games in which I played in high school…. also know his sons Jim and Donnie who also played basketball at the pool ….I wish to tell Jim & Donnie my sincerest sadness of their dads passing …… God Bless the family …….. ted Wissler Lancaster, Pa.

Condolence from Mike Wildasin on March 30th, 2020 10:07 am

I am very sorry for your loss. We worked together as counselors at Penn Manor. Jim was great in dealing with all the students because he had a sincere desire to help all kids. He talked often about how much he loved his family and spending time with all of you. He was always available to help people. We enjoyed talking about sports and family. He affected many peoples’ lives.

Condolence from Mike Wildasin on March 30th, 2020 10:08 am

I am very sorry for your loss. We worked together as counselors at Penn Manor. Jim was great in dealing with all the students because he had a sincere desire to help all kids. He talked often about how much he loved his family and spending time with all of you. He was always available to help people. We enjoyed talking about sports and family.

Condolence from Kevin Neary on March 30th, 2020 11:04 am

Don,
My thoughts are with you and the rest of the Todd family in this difficult time

Condolence from Fran Kinderwater on March 30th, 2020 11:10 am

To Jim, jr, Cindy, and Don, I was sorry to learn of your dad’s death , but he certainly lived a full life. Your parents were very special to me. I loved that your dad remembered my birthday after I lost my dear friend, Lois. You had wonderful parents! Take care of each other and God bless all of your families.
Fran Kinderwater

Condolence from Cindy on April 1st, 2020 3:16 pm

Thank you so much, Fran❤️
I have many fond memories of you! Thanks for reaching out!

Condolence from Mike Reese on March 30th, 2020 12:04 pm

Coached football and basketball in late 60’s and 70’s and got to know Jim through his officiating – always calm and in charge. The obituary was terrific and it made him smile and me as well. “with both hands” was so him. I will do a couple of the things suggested – it was exceedingly well done, Something Jim and his family can be proud of.

Condolence from Kathleen Heisey Hall on March 30th, 2020 3:37 pm

I have fond memories of “Mr. Todd”, my Driver’s Ed Teacher and Civics Teacher. Class of 59′, Penn Manor HS

Condolence from Tom Patrick on March 31st, 2020 2:24 pm

To Mr. Todd’s Entire Family and to my old friend and teammate, Jim Jr.,
I have fond memories of your father, a special person in so many ways, as he was at Brookside Pool in summers and officiating my high school basketball games in winter. He was always so helpful and sincere and so well liked by everyone. He will be missed. The obituary was so well done and brought back many memories form days gone by. I extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to Mr. Todd’s entire family and will keep you all in my prayers during this very difficult time.
Sincerely,
Tom Patrick

Condolence from Bruce Lehr on March 31st, 2020 8:33 pm

My name is Bruce Lehr. I am sorry about the passing of Jim Todd. Let me start by telling what I know about Jim. When he played basketball is when I got to know him. My parents Milton and Florence Lehr had the “Rat Race” on campus and I practically lived at Brooks Hall (I was s little then). Jim taught me how to shoot a set shot. He also coached me at Penn Manor. I think I did pretty good — held a record foul shooting and 2nd in most points. He also set up in Driver Training to meet my future wife “Betty Lou” (so far 60 yrs. together). Jim coached me in baseball — we had a good team! I could go on and on. I liked and respected him all my life.
Best wishes to your family,
Bruce and Betty Lou Lehr
Millerville, PA

Condolence from Tucker Wissler on April 1st, 2020 10:36 pm

I was sorry to see that your father passed away. I remember him as a very good basketball and football official. Thinking about Jim brings back memories of good times at Brookside. He certainly lived a long and full life.
With Sympathy,
Tucker Wissler

Condolence from Kenneth A Twiford and Gail Twiford on April 2nd, 2020 5:31 pm

Jim Todd Sr touched my life in so many ways: basketball ref in the Industrial League of the 60s, baseball official during my years as F&M baseball coach, guidance counselor for our three kids while at Penn Manor. Additionally , son Jim, was a teammate on couple different summer adult baseball teams in York and Lancaster Counties while Jim was at MU. Lots of fun times.
Jim Sr was highly respected whether he was official, guidance counselor or dad. He touched so many people during his 94 years. Great memories.

Condolence from Dr David L. Witmer on April 10th, 2020 8:16 am

Mr Todd was my teacher and coach at Penn Manor High School. His great humor and strong personality was contagious for his students. He was able to bring out pride in us when we were not at our best and he modeled great self confidence for us and with us when we were successful. As a positive role model, he showed us how to have faith and confidence in ourselves and to never give up. His positive qualities helped us in the classroom, on the athletic field and most of all in our daily lives.

Condolence from Erma Musser Mishler on May 12th, 2020 3:41 pm

Mr. Todd was my inspiration at Penn Manor and the reason I took social studies at Millersville University. He was definitely serious about his job as a teacher and coach. My first time of meeting him was when our civics class met in the firehall because the old high school was too crowded. He already knew some of the students’ siblings, but at that point I determined to do just as well as those kids. I managed to have him as my teacher for PA Civics, driver’s ed, and Problems of Democracy. We had a pop quiz nearly every day, so I’d go home and study notes from that day as well as study for the next day aiming to get A’s in his classes.
Jim also taught me to drive. I almost got to student teach for him, but that was the year he went in to counseling. I stopped in to visit him and your mother in the ’90’s. While he loved teaching, he was totally dedicated to his family and to sports. I trust you have many happy memories.

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