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Ross “Rick” Porter Toole, Jr.

05/09/1948 - 09/17/2018

Ross “Rick” P. Toole Jr., of Britt, passed away Sept. 17, 2018, at his home. He lived a life dedicated to service of his country and fellow man.

Rick was born May 9, 1948, in Philadelphia, Pa. He joined the U.S. Army at 17 years old and served as a machinist during a tour in Vietnam, serving five years active duty. He married Josephine “Joy” Siuda in August 1969 in Philadelphia. He and Joy moved to Minnesota in 1976.

He was part of the crew that built the Inland Steel plant and was hired by the company after completion, serving 32 years.

Rick spent many years in service with numerous organizations throughout the Iron Range. He spent more than 20 years on the Pike-Sandy-Britt Fire Department. He joined the Minnesota National Guard and retired after 25 years of service.

He was very proud of his service with the Boy Scouts of America and was a dedicated leader with Troop 129. He spent weekends at the Boy Scout camp and helped with projects. He was very proud of his sons and grandson for earning their Eagle Scout rank, which he helped with all the projects.

Rick’s dedication to his fellow veterans ran very deep. He served as commander of both the Mountain Iron American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans. He often spent several hours emptying donation bins and helping transport the donations so they could be used to support the needs of fellow veterans. He spent several years on the board of the Sand Lake Cemetery, helping to layout plots and place markers. He served on the color guard of the American Legion and helped to honor fallen veterans. He could be found visiting fellow veterans at hospitals as they received treatment or were nearing the end of their lives. His dedication to the National Guard included serving on staff with the Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp at Camp Ripley.

Rick also helped build houses with Habitat for Humanity and traveled to Jamaica for mission work. His dedication to service continued in his church life, where he volunteered with Sand Lake Chapel and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Joy; children: Joyce (Doug) Hobbs, David (Shannen) Toole and Kenneth (Nicole) Toole; grandchildren: Amber (David), Adam, Summer, Noah, Kayla and Derek; and great-granddaughter, Luna.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law; father-in-law; and sister.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Range Funeral Home in Virginia. The Rev. Kevin Olson will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by Mountain Iron American Legion Yoki-Bergman Post 220.

Visitation: Will be held for one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

20 thoughts on “Ross “Rick” Porter Toole, Jr.”

  1. Rich Kemp says:

    So sorry for your loss… He will be missed by the staff and campers at the Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp! RIP!

  2. Rodney Beystrom says:

    Joy and the entire Toole family, How saddened I am to hear of Rick’s passing. He was truly a good man, someone always ready to lend a helping hand, not only as our old neighbor when we were in Britt and beyond, but through out the community as a whole. He of course will be greatly missed. You all can count it a blessing from God to have had such a great husband, Dad, Grand Dad and friend. Sometimes only God’s love and time can take away the deep anguish and sadness you feel deep within yourselves when a loved one you’re bonded to passes on. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of deep sorrow. We have to remember that Rick is in a far better place right now and he’ll be waiting to be re-united with you all some day. Again my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I held Rick in very high esteem and honor and always appreciated him and I was blessed to know him. God Bless you all, Rodney Beystrom

  3. Peter Esala says:

    Ross and I served together in the Guards for years. He was a good guy and I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for his service.

  4. Renee Capra says:

    I am very sadden to hear of Rick’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Toole family. Rick has been a good neighbor for many years and always one of the first to offer a helping hand. We will miss him.

  5. Donna Peterson says:

    Rick was a model of how all of us should be in this world! He served wherever he was needed. I knew I would get a big friendly hug each time we saw him! We are so sorry for your loss of a special husband, dad, grandpa, and friend. God is waiting to give him a big hug for all the wonderful things he did on earth!

  6. Andrew Johnson says:

    My name is Andrew Johnson,and I am at a loss of words but will try my hardest to let ya’ll know how missed Rick will be here in georgia,he was my “uncle Rick”,he was the closest thing to a father figure me and my 3 brothers had since we lost our father at young ages,me personally i knew I could call him anytime if I ever needed him(he was always sure to let me know that) and I’m sure my brothers felt the same way,I regret not picking the phone up and calling him more.i will always love and miss my uncle Rick,he will never be forgotten in my heart,and as I raise my own children he will defenetly be used as an example of how to be a good person,how to help others,and how to love.my uncle Rick came to my house a while back and seen my flag flying on my flag pole in need of a new one,he went baught me a new one and told me to always fly the flag proudly,that flag is flying right now at half mast in his memory and will be replaced with a new one when he is placed to rest but I will always proudly keep and present that flag in my house somewhere/somehow.my uncle Rick’s devotion to the lord,his family,and his country will be something I will never forget and will always use as an example to myself for me as I create and raise my family,I love you so much “Uncle Rick” I wish I could tell you that one more time in person.love always and forever Andrew.”tell dad,grandma,and pop pop I say hello and I love them”

  7. RIP says:

    I am sadden to hear of the passing of Ross – I volunteered many years with Ross at Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp. He will be missed!!

  8. Monica Martofel says:

    Joy and Family, I am so sorry to hearing this news about Rick. I loved whenever we could get together. He always gave us a big greeting and kept the conversation going. He was a true hero for serving our country and kind mannfor all his charitable work. RIP Rick.

  9. Gerald cave says:

    Toole family I was in shock when I found Ross had passed. He was a great friend, and guard buddy.i plan on coming to the service.

  10. susan bruno says:

    So very sorry for your loss, lifting prayers of comfort, healing and peace.

  11. Joe Today says:

    Joy and family,
    So sorry to hear about Ross passing. Worked with him for years at the mine . To say he loved his family and country would be an understatement. His dedication to the veterans, scouts, and church will always be remembered. You both truly had a servant’s heart. Joy, I can remember being on fire scenes with Evergreen Fire Department, helping PSB, and you’d be there with coffee and snacks for the firemen. You guys were such a great team. Thank you Ross for your service to our country.
    Joy, may God give you the strength you and your family need through these coming days.
    A friend, Joe Today

  12. Steve Brinkman says:

    I was a co-worker with Ross in the pit at Minorca. Many talks before and after our shifts. He always had a good word to share, was kind to everyone. Prayers for the whole Toole family.

  13. Bob Lutts says:

    Rick was the cool cousin. When Joy and Rick moved to Minnesota we lost contact. Recently facebook reconnected us somewhat. What I read and what was shared would have made his parents proud. Prayers for Joy and the family

  14. Bob Lutts says:

    Rock was the cool cousin. Lost touch with Joy and Rick when they moved to Minnasota. FB let me know that his parents would be proud of him. My prayers for Joy and her family.

  15. Brenda Plese says:

    I met Joy and Rick while at work they came into the store laughing and I thought what a fun couple. Over the last several years I was amazed at how much they did together. No matter what any time I saw them they made me smile and even with Ricks passing Joy will continue to make us smile and feel better. God Bless this family.

  16. Butch and Betty Shaffer says:

    Joy and family…Betty and I are so sad for your loss of Rick. We always thought if him as a very special and caring person. Please cherish all the wonderful memories and please know also that you are in our prayers. We are sorry we could not attend the funeral…we had reservations made for a trip out of state. Our prayers are with you.

  17. Dave says:

    Often wonder why God takes the good ones so early from us. SSG Toole was a mentor to me when I joined the guards. He steered me in the right directions when I was a Private trying to figure out the military. Aside from that, one would have to be foolish not to see the massive heart he had. This was very apparent by the massive bear hugs. He treated me darn near as his own. While life changes, there will always be great memories of this man. I am fortunate to have known him and my heart goes out to the Toole family. Prayers for strength and unity as you face the new days ahead. I know he is looking down on all of you telling God how proud he is of all of you.

  18. Rosie Janey says:

    I am very sorry for your loss, I looked so forward to seeing Ross each summer at MN NG Youth Camp, he was my drive and motivation of hard work pays off. Ross will be truly missed. Just got word yesterday about his passing. Sending love hugs & prayers from Camp Ripley Billeting!

  19. Jeff Kotila says:

    Dear Joy,
    I just heard yesterday from Nancy E. about Rick’s passing. I’m so sorry. My heart breaks for you. He was a good man. God bless and heal you in sorrow filled days to come.
    Jeff Kotila

  20. CAROL J FOX says:

    Our condolences to your family. Sending prayers and sympathy for you from the entire Fox family.

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