Marvin Toms

MARVIN E. TOMS, 80 BYRON - Marvin E. Toms, age 80, of Byron, Former Mt. Morris, resident passed away Monday March 25, 2013, in his Home. Marvin was born July 9, 1932, in Polo, the son of Earl & Ada (Piper) Toms. Marvin married Ellen T. Egan on June 1, 1957, in Oregon, and she preceded him in death on November 27, 1980. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving 7 years from (1949-1956), spending 3 years in the Far East as a tank commander during the Korean War. Marvin was employed by Kable Printing Company for 38 years. Marvin enjoyed playing guitar and listening to country music, and his favorite musician was the late Hank Williams, Sr. Marvin enjoyed spending time with his cat, watching women's tennis and softball on TV and telling stories about his life to family and friends. He was a member of the Loyal Order of The Moose #1551, and he was a Mt. Morris resident for over 3 decades moving to Byron in 1991. Marvin spent most of his life doting on his nieces, nephews, only daughter and especially his two grandsons. Marvin is survived by his daughter, Stephanie (Dan) Hanlin, Byron; grandsons, Travis and Tyler Hanlin of Byron; brother, James Toms, Dixon; and several in-laws, nieces and nephews. Marvin is preceded in death by his parents; Wife, Ellen; Brothers, Howard, Vernon (Zeke), Maynard, Donald, and Ross (Dar); Sisters, Ruth, Eileen, Anna Margaret, and Marion. Celebration of his life will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 28, in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, with the Rev. Doc Newcomb officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Oregon. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, in Finch Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations in Marvin's name can be made to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, which provides free trips to Washington D.C. for World War II and Korean War veterans for a day of honor and reflection.

Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2013