Rushville Republican


November 15, 2012

William Patrick (Bill) Todd, 62

RUSHVILLE — William Patrick (Bill) Todd, 62 of Rushville, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at his home after an 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Bill was born July 4, 1950 at the old city hospital to George Patrick and Mary Martha (Cox) Todd, the second of their 11 children. On May 12, 1973 he married Diana Jo Beard at St. Mary Catholic Church and she survives.

Bill was a lifelong Rushville resident and proud county employee. He graduated from Rushville High in 1968 and from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1970. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in Japan during the Viet Nam War. While there, he was a biochemistry technician and obtained the rank of Sergeant. Following his discharge, he was hired as a Rush County Deputy Sheriff in 1975 and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He retired from the Rush County Sheriff’s Department as a Detective in 1995. Thereafter, Bill served Rush County as the Executive Director of the Rush County Area Planning Commission from 1998 to 2012. He earned his Masters Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University during this time.

His memberships included Rotary International, Paul Harris Fellow; FOP past president; Hoosier Model T Club; Noken T’s Association; Model T Ford Club of America; American Legion; Knights of Columbus 769, 4th Degree; past member of the Elks Lodge; St. Mary’s Catholic Church; St. Mary’s Catholic School Foundation; Rush County Community Foundation; Rush County GOP; former City Councilman; and numerous other civic and community activities. Bill was a good public speaker and was known to always have a new joke to tell. He was honored to speak of his struggle with cancer at the recent Relay for Life and Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation fundraisers.

In addition to his wife, Diana, Bill is survived by a large loving family which includes mother, Martha Todd of Rushville; son, William Matthew of Rushville; daughter, Angela Sue (Jon) Jacobus of Ohio; three brothers, John Todd of Rushville, David (Ellen) Todd of Carmel and James (Susan) Todd of Rushville; six sisters, Ann (Kim) Curtis, Cathy (Jay) Coffman, Peggy (Jim) Mull, Rosie (Doug) Osborne, all of Rushville, Susie (Marc) Fooksman of Ohio and Janie (Tim) Starkey of Rushville; his extended family, Mike (Mary Ann) Beard, Debbie Cole, Sally (Joe) Niedenthal, all of Rushville, and Joseph Beard Jr. of Kentucky. Four grandchildren, Alexis, Dinah, George and Jon; four step grandchildren, Sarah, Robert, Jacob and David; and five step great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Kendall, James, Robert and Landon were his joy along with his many, many hobbies and interests that included gardening, genealogy and Model T restorations.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jennifer Jo Todd; his father, Pat Todd; mother- and father-in-law, Joe and Mary Beard; one brother, Rick Todd; and sister-in-law, Connie Todd.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Jeremy Gries as celebrant. Burial will follow in Rushville’s Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. by the Rush County Honor Guard at Todd Funeral Centre & Crematory.

All are welcome to recite the rosary at 1:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 and calling will conclude at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Rush County Community Foundation “George Pat Todd Fund,” 117 N. Main Street or RMH Cancer Center 1300 N. Main, or St. Mary’s Catholic Church or School Foundation, 512 N. Perkins Street, all in Rushville, IN 46173.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful nurses and physicians at Rush Memorial Hospital Oncology Department – the best.

Online condolences for the family at

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