Joe H. Toland


(Feb. 15, 2004)

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Feb. 20 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Sheridan for former Powell resident, Joe H. Toland, 81. He died Sunday, Feb. 15 at Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County.

He was born June 16, 1922, in Sheridan to Joseph and Lenor (Livers) Toland. He graduated from Sheridan High School in 1941. He joined the Army Air Corps and was a B-24 radio gunner with the 13th Air Corps in the Pacific Theater.

He married Marilyn Switzer at the Switzer Ranch in Sheridan June 8, 1947. He then went on to the University of Wyoming where he graduated magna cum laude in 1951 with a B.S. degree in pharmacy. For a period of years, he was a pharmacist in Powell and then returned to Sheridan where he owned Capital Drug Store for 22 years.

He was recently honored by the University of Wyoming for 50 continuous years of pharmacy. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, gardening, square dancing, traveling and spending happy times with his family and having coffee and lunch with his buddies.

He delivered meals on wheels, was a member of Jeans and Queens Square Square Dance Club, Powell Kiwanis, Sheridan Rotary, Knights of Columbus and American Legion. He was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and was a charter member of Powell Elks Club, then transferring to Sheridan Elks Club.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, of Sheridan; his two daughters, Nancy Sims and husband Gary of Ridgefield, Wash., and Jody Deeds and husband Larry of Sheridan; his son, Greg Toland and wife Cindy of Powell; 11 grandchildren, Sarah Sims Susanka, Rebekah Sims Andrews, Mary, Esther, Stephen and Catherine Sims, Rachel and JoAnna Deeds, and Joey, Nick and Hannah Toland; and three great-grandchildren, Dominic and Sean Susanka and Fiona Andrews; and his sister, Dorothy Sanders and husband Cliff of Buffalo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Mark Wayne Toland; and two sisters, Thelma Guilfoyle and Relda Mossholder. Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Ron Stolcis will officiate at Friday Mass.

The family would appreciate memorials to St. Joseph's Children's Home or Meals on Wheels, in care of Karen Green, First Interstate Bank, P.O. Box 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801.