Ron Todd, 74, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 9, 2016, after a stroke. A celebration of Ron's life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at O'Malley's on The Green at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ron's name to: Alaska Handball Youth Development Fund (AHYDF): Chris Kilday, Director, 2601 Frigate Circle, Anchorage, AK 99515; or to the Motorcycle Relief Project, a nonprofit that provides relief to injured veterans through multi-day motorcycle tours; learn more at www.motorelief.org.
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Ron was born in Dayton, Ohio, on April 11, 1942, to Glenna and Howard Todd; he graduated from Fairview High School in Dayton in 1960, and then attended Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., graduating in 1964. He was a member of the Springfield College gymnastic team and competed in the 1964 Olympic Trials. He began graduate studies at the University of Wyoming where he met his wife, Carol; they were married in 1967. Ron was soon drafted into the Army and served in Vietnam. In Ron's early career, he was a fitness director for the YMCA in Painesville, Ohio, and then a program director for the YMCA at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In 1974, an opening at the Anchorage Community Y lured him to Alaska. In 1977, Ron began a career with the Anchorage School District that would last 25 years, teaching science, physical education and wilderness recreation classes, and also coaching at Service High School. Ron enjoyed coaching immensely and proudly served over the years as gymnastics, tennis and diving coach, twice earning the distinction of Alaska Coach of the Year. He encouraged a respect for fitness and was very proud of the athletic achievements his children also accomplished.
Ron was a handball player with the Alaska State Handball Association; he also served as a board member and a tournament director. He played in the World Championships in Kilkenny, Ireland, and was looking forward to playing in the 2018 World Championships to be held here in Anchorage.
During his 40 years in Alaska, Ron enjoyed sailing in Prince William Sound, dipnetting and spending time in Talkeetna, Alaska, first building, then perpetually tinkering with the family cabin. In retirement he enjoyed traveling, especially by motorcycle; he and Carol accumulated over 50,000 miles on two wheels together.
His family remembers Ron fondly as a fan of Bob Dylan and a loyal supporter of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Ron is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol; daughter, Kari Todd Skinner (Ian); son, Jake Todd (Marshell); and two grandchildren, Tate and Peja Skinner; a sister, Beverly Dill of San Jose, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Ronald Baird (Debbie); and niece, Sarah Baird; and nephew, Nathan Baird.
Local arrangements entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes.
Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home
11621 Old Seward Highway
Anchorage, AK 99515
Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Oct. 30, 2016