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Earl Raymond Todd

April 16, 1934 - June 01, 2020

Earl R. Todd, age 86, of Mount Gilead, passed away Monday afternoon, June 1, 2020, at Morrow Manor Nursing Center in Chesterville.

On April 16, 1934, Earl was born at home in Sunshine Valley, Belmont County, Ohio, a son of the late Hobart V. and Bernice L. (Lyons) Todd. He attended Quaker City Schools through 11th grade, then Mount Gilead High School as a senior, graduating in the Class of 1951. He played trombone in the Buckeye Boys State Band. He then furthered his education at The Ohio State University, receiving his Bachelor’s in Horticulture in 1955. While at Ohio State he played trombone in the marching band and belonged to the Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity. He continued his love for the trombone later in life by being part of the Marion Concert Band.

Following his graduation from OSU, Earl taught math, science and was the band director at the Marengo High School for a year. He then took a job teaching math and science at Cory-Rawson High School. There, he met a fellow teacher and his bride to be, Mary Kay Vermillion. They were married at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Arlington, Ohio on June 2, 1957. Earl and Kay were a day short of celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary when he passed.

Next, Earl took a job with A.K. Manbeck Nurseries and then taught in Edison for one more year. He then made his longtime dream come true by starting his own business, Todd Nursery Sales. He was a wonderful landscaper and very proud of all of his hard work. He did some very big projects at many local schools, OSU Marion and at the Smith Clinic.

A man of faith, Earl attended many churches over the years including Trinity United Methodist and Mount Tabor Church. He also liked to watch different ministers on television when he was not able to get out and about.

Earl was a huge Ohio State Buckeyes fan, and could be a bit upset when they lost. He will always be remembered as a quiet, independent and extremely determined individual.

Earl is survived by his wife, Kay, of Mount Gilead; two daughters: Julia Todd of Portsmouth, Ohio, René (Steve) Maddox of Potomac, Maryland; three grandchildren: Timothy and Jim Todd, and Parker Maddox; two brothers: Charles Todd of Mount Gilead and Larry (Carol) Todd of Fairfield.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Vernon and George Todd.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 5, 2020 at Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead with Pastor Stephan Bloomfield officiating. If you wish to attend the service please meet at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel at 10:30 am to line up and drive in procession to the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Earl’s family asks that you plant a tree or flowering shrub in his memory.

Eark was a member of the marching band in the early 1950's. He played trombone.