Ridge Farm – Arthur William Todd, 89, of Ridge Farm died at 11:27 a.m. Friday (Aug. 23, 2013) at the Veteran's Affairs Palliative Care Unit in Danville, where he had been a patient since May.
Art was born Dec. 9, 1923, to Clamus and Clara Donley Todd of rural Sidell. He was a 1942 graduate of Sidell High School. He married the love of his life, Alta Mae Neibarger of Newman, on Nov. 11, 1950. They were married 52 years until her death in 2002. They had three children, Ronnie, Rinda and Rebecca "Becky."
Art proudly served his country during World War II and was thrilled to travel to Washington, D.C., on the 2011 Honor Flight. He was recognized as a 50-year Mason this year and was also a member of the Sidell American Legion. He was a farmer for over 50 years and was known for teasing everyone, especially waitresses and nurses.
Those who loved him dearly and will miss him very much include his daughters, Rinda Maddox of Sidell and Becky (Dave) Nimrick of Jacksonville; granddaughter, Amanda (Jon-Michael) Rull; grandsons, Joshua and Jacob Nimrick; brother, Roger (Dixie) Todd of Forsyth, Mo.; and closest friends, Leon Dugan, Larry Truelove, Joe and Arlene Wise and Phil and Sandy Schmit.
Art will also be missed by his brothers, Tim (Carolyn) Todd of Good Hope, and Elmo Todd; his sisters, Susie Lang of Danville and Margie (Glen) Foster of Hoopeston; nieces and nephews, and many coffee buddies from The Ridge.
Art was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; son-in-law, Steven Maddox; and brother, Ted Todd.
Funeral services will be held at the Ridge Farm United Methodist Church on Monday, Aug. 26, at noon with visitation one hour before services with services conducted by Andy Weathers. Burial will be at Pilot Grove Cemetery. Joines Funeral Home, Newman, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be given to Sidell American Legion or the Shriner's Children Hospital in St. Louis.