Obituary | Robert Oswald Todd, Jr.
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212;-U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Oswald Todd, Jr., passed away May 18, 2012 after a lengthy illness.
Born Dec. 16, 1947 to Robert Oswald Todd, Sr. and Alma Price in Hinesville, Ga., Todd graduated from George Mason High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam aboard medi-vac helicopters for 18 months, serving four years total in the Marine Corps.
Todd then lived in the Virginia/Washington, D.C. area, and arrived in California while doing a and#8220;drive awayand#8221; to San Francisco. When he drove through the Sierra Nevada and laid his eyes upon Truckee, he fell in love with the town, the mountain, the trees, the lake and the air.
Todd was determined to live in Truckee, and moved here to work in the ski industry. He was a graceful skier, the kind who is a joy to watch.
His passion was aviation, and it permeated all aspects of his life. Todd worked for businesses at the Truckee Tahoe Airport field, often as an aircraft mechanic. He also worked for the District performing airport maintenance.
He started his own business, Todd Aero, which offered aircraft rental, maintenance and flight instruction, operating it from 1988-2011.
A man who was about what works and what inspires the next generation, Todd shared his enthusiasm for all things aeronautic through his dedicated service to the Truckee Tahoe Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, a civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force commissioned by Congress. He was part of the Civil Air Patrol from 1981 until his death, inspiring cadets to learn about and love flight, aerospace education and search and rescue. Todd encouraged seniors and cadets alike to enjoy and develop expertise. Because of his positive influence, several hundred people have learned to fly, some going on to aviation or military careers, others have become aircraft and power plant mechanics.
In 1990, Todd married the love of his life, Linda Fredricks, known by most as and#8220;Sunniand#8221; Todd, in a ceremony on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.
He was a devoted husband and father, whose most joyous family moments were sharing his love of flight with a memorable airplane ride soaring over the Truckee-Tahoe region or rescuing an eagle or deer for rehab and return to the-wild.-
He is preceded in death by his siblings Gerald Todd and Josephine Todd, and survived by his wife Sunni of Truckee, his son Jesse Todd (wife Heather Todd) of Sacramento, sisters Mary White of Georgia and Juliette Mears of Florida.
Robert Todd raised his son Jesse with fishing trips for halibut in Alaska, travels to New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and all around the lower 48. His involvement meant more than just coaching the Little League team: Todd decorated the Fourth of July float. He was a proud father, and like other endeavors, raised his son with a zest for life and feel for responsibility.
Robert Todd, Jr. will be sorely missed by his family and community. A service honoring his life will be held Sunday, June 3, 2012, 9 a.m. at the Truckee Tahoe Airport in the EAA Building on the east side of the airfield. A Missing Man formation will be flown at 9:30 a.m.
Sunni has asked in lieu of flowers you donate to a new scholarship fund:- Checks can be made out to EAA with and#8220;Bob Todd Air Academy Scholarshipand#8221; in the note line. You may take a check to the service or mail it to Todd Scholarship, PO Box 34007, Truckee, CA 96160.
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