October 11, 1915 - May 14, 2011
Tod N. Tibbutt was born and raised in Kansas. He had a twin brother, Ted, and has twin sisters, Betty Jean and Fay Louise. After two years at Kansas State, he followed family as they moved out west to Oregon. Tod finished college at Oregon State as a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and with a major in agriculture.
He met Cleo Champagne on a ski trip, and they were married on July 4, 1942, in Reno, Nev. Tod joined the Air Force. After World War II, Tod and Cleo moved to Medford, Ore. They bought their first home on East Main. Within a few years, he drew plans and doubled the home's size. Their home was a source of pride for over 60 years.
Terri, their only child, came on the scene in 1948. Tod, Cleo, and Terri camped, skied, traveled, and had a wonderful relationship. They spoke daily, and Terri was there with her father through his end of life. Tod worked for the telephone company, managed the Doctors Clinic, and eventually bought General Credit Service. He was highly respected as a fair and honest businessman, earning "Boss of the Year."
He was "Mr. Social." When entering a room, he made sure he shook hands and sincerely enjoyed making new friends. Tod always made you smile. Music also gave him much pleasure, from singing harmony, playing the organ and piano for senior living centers, to his first love, the violin. Tod played with the Southern Oregon Symphony twelve years, was in the orchestra pit for his daughter's high school musicals, and "fiddled" with a guitar playing friend.
Tennis and golf were his sports. He played tennis at Oregon State, was City Champion in Medford several years, and taught tennis. When he finally took up golf, he played well, matched his age with his score, and had two holes in one.
Tod's creative side was unique. He loved wood, and made violin cases, three boats, furniture, chain links from one piece of wood, jewel boxes and birdhouses. He made a habit of crossword puzzles, scrabble, and writing "Wordplays." He had 27 "Wordplays" published in papers throughout the U.S. He kept a running list of poems and thoughts printed as The Product of an Idle Mind. This natural curiosity kept him sharp right up to his last sentence..."Well, my nap is still in the sack."
After losing his dear Cleo last August, soul mate for 68 years, he moved to Horton Plaza. He played the organ and piano. His apartment door was always open, and he greeted folks as they exited the elevator. His last advice to his grandson, Ian Tod, was, Always give more than is asked of you. Try new things. Get good at them. Enjoy life.
He is survived by his daughter, Terri Johnstone; grandson, Ian; son-in-law, Art; sisters, Betty Jean Case, and Fay Louise Erz, and their families.
At Tod's request, there will be no service. A party, however, will be held at Mr. Smith's, 401 East Jackson, on June 18, 2011, at 12:00 p.m. Everyone in Tod's and Cleo's lives are welcome to celebrate them.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.