Sept. 4, 1925 -- Sept. 7, 2018
Richard F. Toof, 93, of Aurora passed away Sept. 7, 2018, at Aurora Memorial Hospital surrounded by family.
Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, 1565 18th Ave. Visitation is being held from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus. Visitation continues from 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. A 7 p.m. vigil is being held Monday at the funeral home. Interment is being held at St. Bonaventure Cemetery with military honors being presented by Hartman Post #84 Honor Guard.
Richard was born Sept. 4, 1925, in Dalton to Clyde and Anna (Fecht) Toof. He graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor's degree in journalism.He was joined in marriage to his sweetheart Beryl Bamberg on Oct. 16, 1950.Together, they created a family of five children: Mary Ann, Daniel, John, Lawrence,and ReBecca.
Hired in 1949, Richard worked for The Columbus Telegram selling advertising for nearly 40 years. He retired as its Retail Advertising Manager in 1988. He was very active in the Columbus community. He was a member of Jaycees,Toastmasters, Lion's Club, Junior Achievement, American Legion Honor Guard,Columbus Rifle Club, Columbus Public Library, Platte County Historical Society,Rotary and Platte Valley Playhouse. He happily served in leadership roles in many of these organizations as well.
As a proud United States Marine, he served in the Pacific Theater in WWII, which took him to war zones in Pavuvu and Okinawa, and post-war occupation in Tientsin in Northern China. This military service led him to a lifelong commitment of honoring veterans, serving faithfully for over 600 funerals with the American Legion Honor Guard.His service in the Marines inspired a lifelong love of traveling with his wife throughout the United States, Europe and the Holy Land. Upon return, he delighted in sharing his adventures in the form of travelogues with friends, family, local schools and clubs.Richard was an avid hobbyist, with passions that ran the gamut.
He had a voracious appetite for reading, gathering over 800 books in his personal library. One of the way she displayed his love for the written word was his weekly column about growing up on his family farm during the Great Depression. Other leisurely pursuits included:photography, cars, airplanes, motorcycles, hunting, gun collecting, and reloading shells.And like all true native Nebraskans, he spent many a college game day over his lifetime cheering on the Cornhuskers. GO BIG RED!
He is survived by his daughter Mary Ann Smith of Columbus, son Fr. Daniel Toofof Monroe, Georgia; son John Toof of Bellingham, Washington; son Lawrence Toof of Grand Island, daughter ReBecca (William) Allen of Aurora, sister Patricia Clow ofOmaha, grandchildren Megan Smith of Nebraska City, Rachel Smith ofKansas City, Missouri; Benjamin Allen of Aurora, Joseph Toof of Bellingham, Washingtonand countless others who will cherish his memory.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Katherine Eckert, and, as he lovinglyphrased it, his beautiful wife Beryl who was truly a pearl of a girl.