HAROLD L. 'HAL' TODD, 90 ROCKFORD - Harold L. "Hal" Todd, 90, of Rockford, died at 4:10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in SwedishAmerican Hospital. Born Nov. 16, 1922, in Canton, Ill., the son of Lloyd P. and Edith G. (Hoover) Todd. Hal grew up in Rockford, graduating from Rockford High School. After high school he played the piano in a ten-piece orchestra that he created. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force for three years during World War II, followed by two years in the Navy Reserves. Hal was president of the 15th and 20th Weather Squadron Association. He then attended Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Hal worked as a reporter for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and later the Rockford Register Star. He married his lifelong companion, Jeanne Rennels, of Charleston, Ill, in 1948. They were married in Rockton at the Old Stone Church and honeymooned in Niagara Falls. They resided in Rockford and Florida. Hal was an international insurance broker and president of Todd and Co., Inc. founded in 1959. He was a director at Illinois Blue Cross, on the advisory board of St. Anthony Medical Center, and a director of City National Bank. He belonged to the Association of Insurance Agents; Manilla Lodge #1, Philippine Islands; Masonic Lodge #166; honorary member of Ali-Shan Oasis Shrine Club, Republic of China; Post Potentate of the Tebala Temple, Rockford; and Commissioner of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department. He enjoyed being the Grand Marshall at Fourth of July parades, and the Kentucky Colonel commissioned by the Governor of Kentucky. Hal and Jeanne were past members of Forest Hills Country Club, Rockford Country Club, The University Club, Coral Ridge Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the Surf & Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale. They traveled extensively and included their family in many trips. Hal did not like to sit around too often. He was always on the go. He wrote a book in 1999, Violation of Trust, and was working on a second book until his poor eyesight made it too difficult to pursue. Hal met a group of guys for coffee every morning for years at Johnny Pamcakes. He had many wonderful friends that were there when he needed them. That was a real joy in his life until he could no longer drive. Hal and Jeanne just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Oct. 16, with a party at Peterson Meadows. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; children, twins, Judy Moyer and Jan (Ron) Pozzi, and Nanci (Vic) Mandala; grandchildren, Margaux Moyer, Todd Pozzi and Gina (Josh) Mandala Hester; and great-grandchildren, Addison and Mason Hester. Predeceased by his son-in-law, Dr. Mark A. Moyer. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Peterson Meadows and SwedishAmerican Hospital for their care and tenderness in this stressful time. Friends may participate in a celebration of Hal's life at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, in Peterson Meadows, 6401 Newburg Rd. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2013