Richard R. Tolzin, 88, of Cherokee, died Saturday Nov. 29, 2008 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, following a brief illness.
Funeral services were held on December 3, 2008 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Reverend Richard Arndt officiating, and burial was in the Cherokee Memory Gardens Cemetery in Cherokee, with Military Graveside Honors provided by the Cherokee V.F.W., L.A. Wescott Post #2253. Funeral arrangements were made by Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Richard Tolzin was born Oct. 7, 1920 in rural Galva, to William and Elizabeth (Peters) Tolzin. He was raised in the Hanover and Aurelia area, and entered the United States Air Force after his schooling. He was discharged from the service due to a disability.
On Jan. 3, 1943, Richard married Dorothy Reinert, who preceded him in death on Oct. 3, 1981. Richard was engaged in farming all of his adult life, and also worked for the ASCS for many years. On Nov. 24, 1984, he married Freda Admire. Richard was a God- fearing and dedicated man, who was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Richard was confirmed on May 26, 1935 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. He was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, where he served on the Board of Trustees and was also an elder. Richard was an active member of the Lions Club as well as a member of the Quimby American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy; four sisters, Alice Heimsoth, Ethel Breyfogle, Fern Geuther, and Ruby Tolzin; and two brothers, Willis Tolzin and Ralph Tolzin.
He is survived by his wife, Freda; a daughter, Connie Nelson and her husband, Dennis, of Cherokee; a step son, Doug Admire and his wife, Barb, of Lake Park; two grandchildren, Jeff Nelson and his wife, Cinda, and their children Mack and Brit of Reedsburg, Wis.; and John Nelson and his wife, Tracy, and their children Ben, Ella, Corey Meyer, and Kim Meyer of Iowa City; step-grandchildren Kaleb Admire of Cedar Falls, Kate Romig and her husband, Nate, of Cedar Rapids; Kim Jacobus and her husband, Justin, and their child Jaiden of Cedar Rapids; a sister-in-law Monica Tolzin of Aurelia; and many nieces and nephews.