Charles Wesley Toland
June 8, 1932 - January 9, 2014
Dr. Charles W. Toland died January 9 from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was born June 8, 1932, in Dickens, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1953, and then served in the U.S. Air Force as a first lieutenant, ground air communications officer at Upper Heyford AFB in Oxford, England. Upon return he enrolled in the University of Iowa in pre-medical studies and graduated in 1961 with a medical degree. After four years of general practice in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, he began a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa. He moved to Salem in 1969. He delivered many babies in Salem and the surrounding area during the years he was in practice. He was a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
He was a wonderful husband and father. He loved his family, his music including his choir experiences at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, his Iowa Hawkeyes, his golf, his many friends, his support system at the South Salem River Road Courthouse, and his pets.
He is survived by his wife Sharon, his daughter Connie and granddaughter Emily, his son Kent, daughter-in-law Nancy and granddaughters Ellen, Madeline, and Claire, and his daughter Anne, son-in-law Len and grandson Brian. He is also survived by brothers Donald and Ardon from Colorado and Gordon from Missouri. His son Cary predeceased him in 2010. Donations in his memory may be made to the OHSU Parkinson's Center of Oregon, Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation, 1121 S.W. Salmon St. Suite 100, Portland OR 97205-2021. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. A reception will follow at Illahe Hills Country Club at 3 p.m. All are welcome.
We, his family, remain comforted by these timeless words from author Thornton Wilder:
"All that we can know about those we have loved and lost is that they would wish us to remember them with a more intensified realization of their reality. What is essential does not die but clarifies. The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude."
Published in StatesmanJournal from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2014