Ronald Charles Todd
September 22, 1954 – June 7, 2019
Ronald "Ron" Charles Todd, 64, passed away in Austin, Texas on June 7, 2019. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 22, 1954. He was referred to by many friends and family members simply as “RT.”
Ron was a free spirit, the father of three and grandfather to three. He had the rare ability to combine creativity with precise design and invention, and his artistic abilities endure through his children. Until health issues impaired his abilities, Ron worked in design and quality control in the medical device development field, including work with Spinal Fusion Products, Total Joint Orthopedics, Abbott Spine/Zimmer Spine, MedSource/Accellent and Encore Orthopedics. Ron worked in new product development, and was granted several patents for his innovative design work. Ron was an avid Porsche enthusiast, and served on the board of directors for Local Hill Country Region of Porsche Club America, assisting with monthly tours throughout the Central Texas region. He loved riding motorcycles and taking his boat out on area lakes.
Ron was an excellent free-hand artist, and enjoyed the outdoors, fly fishing, hunting and shooting. He could tear apart an engine and rebuild it, erect a deck in the back yard or figure out what made something tick and fix it without a manual. To call him a "tinkerer" would be an understatement. Ron graduated from Northwest High School in Omaha, Nebraska, where he excelled as a competitive gymnast.
Ron is survived by his three children: Matthew Todd (Masami), of Beavercreek, Ohio; Elizabeth "Liz" Todd (Forrest Allen), of Austin, Texas; and, Michael Todd (Amy), of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by his siblings: James Todd (Stephanie), of Austin, Texas; Kevin Todd (Olivia), of Phoenix, Arizona; Kenneth Todd (Alicia Belgiovane), of Gunnison, Colorado; Alan Todd (Beecher Threatt), of Ridgway, Colorado; Anne Todd, of Austin, Texas; and, Brian Todd (Michelle), of Rochester, Minnesota. He leaves behind three grandchildren: Kousuke Todd, Tona Todd and Andrew Todd. He had numerous nieces and nephews.
Ron is preceded in death by his brother, Dale Todd, and his parents, Paul and Patricia (Connelly) Todd. Ron had a unique sense of humor and independent spirit, and will be missed by his friends and family.
For Ron, we ask:
O Lord, Please guide our father, brother and friend, Ron. You have carried him in the hardest times. Only you have seen each despairing moment, and only you have walked beside him through all. Now we ask that you, with your gentle, healing hands would lead him away from his pain. Release him from his body, and fill his heart with songs of hope and the joy of love. Help him to see what you can already see. Our father, brother and friend, Ron, cleansed of all the disquieting and crippling bonds of this world, free to live and love in eternal life, restored and redeemed by you, O Lord.
The family will hold a memorial later this summer. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ronald Charles Todd
June 10, 2019
One of my most vivid memories of my brother, Ron, was one I didn’t witness.
In his late teens took a wide turn on his Kawasaki 380, wrapped it around a tree and injured his leg.
He was telling me how he was laying on the ground, cussing and in pain, and he looked and saw his motorcycle crumpled with the front wheel spinning.
He just started laughing about that front wheel spinning wildly and forgot about the shape he was in.
It was then, listening to him tell this story, that I realized it would take a lot more than a motorcycle and a tree to bring down my big brother.
June 9, 2019
Dad Todd made us Turkey Burgers. That doesn't sound odd these days, but this was the 90's in Texas, so every burger was either beef or..beef. It was delicious, one of many meals Dad Todd would make us over the years, and every moment spent at his home was filled with interesting anecdotes or stories of his life. Ron's son, Mike, became my best friend and I have known his family for most of my life. I can say that Ron's family inherited his best characteristics and honor him every day by amazing, selfless people.
“When a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist. It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
Rest in Peace RT.