Charles Gray Todderud passed away Monday Nov. 12, 2018 in Jennersville Hospital surrounded by his sons and daughter-in-law. He was 95.
Born in Butler, PA. to the late Ole and Rose (Brandon) Todderud, Charlie moved to Coatesville, PA in 1927 and spent the rest of his school years there, graduating from Coatesville High School in 1940.
He started engineering school in 1941 but dropped out in 1942 to enlist in U.S. Navy. Charlie was commissioned as a naval ensign in 1944. He served in the Pacific but did not see any fighting, and was released to inactive duty in July 1946. Charlie finished college with a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Duke University in June 1948. He began work in Wilmington for the Du Pont Company in 1950 and completed a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware in 1955. He worked in DuPont's engineering department design division for 35 years and retired as a Project Engineer.
Charlie served on the board of directors of the University Club (now the University and Whist Club), was president of the Hyde Park Civic Association, and warden and vestryman for several terms at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. He was active as a leader in the Indian Guides and the Boy Scouts. He enjoyed singing with the Duke University Glee Club and Chapel Choir, the Orpheus Society, the DuPont Employees Chorus, the St. Barnabas Church Choir and the Jenners Pond Chorus and Jenners Pond Accapella Chorus. Charlie and Helen had a rich social life, with long-term participation in several bridge clubs, ballroom dancing and Church groups. They enjoyed summers at Ocean City, MD since the 1950s and more recently at their residence in Ocean Place. Ever the family people, they enjoyed hosting and attending get-togethers with an extended group of relatives. They enjoyed traveling and cruises with family and friends. Charlie had a strong circle of friends and he and Helen loved getting together with people they knew from before they were even married, and continued seeing friends as long as they were physically able.
Charlie was married for 63 years to Helen (Pifer) and they had three sons, Gordon, John, and Eric. They are exceedingly proud of their grandchildren Elise, Stephen, Alison, Jacob, Julia and Tommy. They have had a loving relationship with their daughter-in-law Elizabeth who provided devoted support in recent years.
Charlie’s family knew him as one of the most kind, compassionate, forgiving, and encouraging parents we could have ever hoped for. He loved seeing his family getting out, trying new things, pursuing their passions, and having fun, knowing that he had instilled in them strong moral values. Charlie maintained a sharp mind right up to last days. His Sudoku skills were sharp and his Jeopardy answers quick. He enjoyed being interviewed by his kids and grandkids and loved sharing stories about his life, his military service, how he met his beautiful wife, and important events in his life. All who had contact with him were influenced by this kind, friendly, loving man.
A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Thursday December 27, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2800 Duncan Road, Wilmington, DE, 19808, where the family will receive friends beginning at 10 AM. Interment will follow the service in the church memorial garden. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Barnabas Church, Music Department. To send messages of condolence visit