March 1, 1927 ~ May 24, 2012
Leo S. Toay, Sr., Fargo, ND, died Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Woodside Village in Grand Forks, ND.
Leo S. Toay, Sr. was born on March 1, 1927 to Sylvester and Ruth Toay in Jamestown, North Dakota. He graduated from St. John’s Academy in Jamestown, ND in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Occupation Force in Okinawa for one year immediately following World War II. Known as “Pappy the Cook”, Leo continued in the North Dakota National Guard from 1945-1970 and from 1972-1982 at which time he retired from Military service. Leo Toay and Marjorie Eells were married in Jamestown on February 6, 1946. Shortly thereafter, Leo began working for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1987 after nearly 40 years as a Letter Carrier.
Despite limited mobility in the past year, Leo was very content, and he spoke of his deceased wife, Marjorie, in the present tense on most occasions. He shared many memories of his life in rural North Dakota and in the military with his children and grandchildren.
Leo was the Johnny Carson of “Valley 4000” and never lost his wit and sense of humor. Leo enjoyed cooking large meals for his family and anybody who showed up at his door. Leo loved spending time with his wife, reading the Fargo Forum and listening to the radio.
He is survived by children, Kelly (Mark) Sertich, Grand Forks, ND; Paula Toay, Gurnee, IL; Marjorie (Robert) Olson, Fargo, ND; Leo (Suzanne) Toay, II, Maple Grove, MN; sister, Ruth Ann (Ernest) Willey, Jamestown, ND; brother, James “Pat” (Ruth) Toay, Mora, MN; 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Leo was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Marjorie, and his sister, Mary Klose.
Leo’s family would like to thank the staff of “Valley 4000” and to Altru Hospice for the care they provided to Leo during his stay. We know in our hearts that Leo and Marge are together in Heaven, taking over the Kitchen.