James Leo Toennis, of Cottonwood, Idaho, died Fri. July 20, 2018, at the age of 89. Jim was born July 6, 1929, in Cottonwood, Idaho to Leo and Mayme Toennis. Throughout his life, Jim had a special bond with his sisters and brother, Betty Jo Dasenbrock, Mary Lou Meyer, and Richard Toennis.
A native of the Cottonwood area, Jim attended Cottonwood High School. He then went on to proudly serve our country in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1952. Jim was primarily stationed in Panama, serving as a Supply Sergeant. He also played bass and trumpet in the 71st Army Band and looked back on that time with fond memories.
On May 17, 1951, Jim married Bertha Rad. Together they lovingly built a life in Cottonwood and raised five children: Terry (Denise), Tom (Sandy), Allan (Valerie), Vicki (Aaron) Hinkelman, and Janine (Chris) Domico. He will be forever remembered by his 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by Bertha and his son, Tom. Jim was blessed to marry Carole Schmidt on March 1, 1997. He enjoyed a special bond with Carole’s family: Dale (Jennie) Schmidt, Robert (Cindy) Schmidt, Lorrie (Peter) Bernklau, Becky (Guy) Bernier, Paul (Debbie) Schmidt, Sandy Riggers, and Sharon (Sonny) Kimball and her 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Nothing pleased Jim more than to work in his yard, admire the picturesque view from the home he shared with Carole and to play the occasional game of Sheephead with his closest friends.
Jim’s children are eternally grateful to Sandy, Becky, and Sharon for their loving care during his final days.
Services will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Greencreek, Idaho on Thurs, July 26, 2018 with Rosary at 10:30a.m. and the Celebration of Life Mass at 11:00a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a memorial donation in memory of Jim be made to Syringa Hospice, 607 W. Main, Grangeville, Idaho 83530.
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