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William (Bill) TOKAR Obituary

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TOKAR, William (Bill) age 84, of Centerville, passed away Wednesday April 9, 2014. Preceded in death by parents, Michael and Sophi; his first wife of 23 years, Dorothy (Gvozden) and his son, Kevin. Bill is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara (Kiaski); 3 sons, Steve (Sarah), Greg (Luu), Mark (Cristy), his 11 grandchildren: Shannon Landers (Blayne), Skip, Leeza, Dorothy, Tara, Emma, Mary, Sam, Laurel, Sophie, Will and one great-grandson Gavin. Bill was a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, which he attended on a basketball scholarship. During his four years there he lettered in basketball and participated in the Army ROTC program. Two of Bill's favorite college basketball stories to tell were playing against Al McGuire and in Madison Square Garden. After college he served in the Army during the Korean War and continued his military career for 28 yrs as an Army Reservist. Bill retired from the Army Reserves achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Early in his career while working full time he earned his MBA from Xavier University. He had a long career in the Paper Recycling Industry where he forged many lifelong friendships. He retired in 2005 but remained active in the industry until mid 2013. As an avid fisherman he was a founding member of the Lyre Lake Club and also a member of the Centerville Rod & Reel club. Bill loved to travel with his fishing buddies to many distant exotic locations searching for their ultimate catch. He once traveled to Venezuela with a broken hip because he did not want to miss his fishing trip to the Amazon River. Bill's second passion was his love of college basketball and professional football. He was a University of Dayton Basketball season ticket holder since 1966 and in 2005 was selected a "Flyer Fan For Life". Although very ill he still enjoyed this year's run to the Elite Eight. He was also a Cincinnati Bengals season ticket holder since the inception of the team in 1968. He mailed multiple letters to Mike Brown offering his advice and support for the team which Mike would always answer. His love of world history fueled his desire to travel the globe with his wife Barbara. For the past 50 years he has been an active member of the Incarnation Church in Centerville where he held multiple volunteer positions. He was proud to be on the committee that helped raise funds to build the current church. The family will be receiving friends Monday April 14th from 4pm to 7pm at Tobias Funeral Home, 5471 Far Hills Ave (Rosary at 3:30). On Tuesday April 15 at 10:00am a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Incarnation Catholic Church, 7415 Far Hills Ave., followed by a burial service at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to The or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Condolences may be sent to the family at tobiasfuneralhome.com

Published in Dayton Daily News from Apr. 12 to Apr. 13, 2014
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