URBANA – Alan Ray Toomire, beloved husband, father and grandfather, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, April 20, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 9, 1936 in Urbana, Ohio, the son of Harlan and Frances (Anderson) Toomire (both deceased).
Alan was Office Manager and Vice President of Miller Excavating from 1958 until the business was closed in 1983. He then built Urbana Self Storage from the ground up and acted as owner/operator of the business from 1985 until he retired in 2007.
He was a graduate of Concord High School. Alan was a long time member of the Urbana United Methodist Church, serving the church in many capacities over the years. He was a past member of the Rotary Club and served as Treasurer for several years. He had a heart for the youth in the Urbana area and was a strong supporter of youth sports for many years. Alan also took great interest in the Champaign County YMCA since its inception.
Alan loved life and brought joy to those around him with his laughter and lively spirit. He was an inspiration to many as he cleared countless hurdles on his path of life.
Alan truly relished God's beautiful creation surrounding him. He was an avid bird watcher, taking great delight in knowing all about the birds that came to his feeders. He also found joy in the changing of the seasons and many glorious sunrises and sunsets over the years.
He is survived by his wife, Connie (Miller) Toomire, whom he married on July 7, 1957. Together they have three daughters, Vicki (Michael) Henson, Polly (Jeff) Long and Amy (Jim) Lewis, all of Urbana. Also surviving him are six grandsons, Kenton (Emily) Smith, Kyle (Karen) Smith, Parker (Hana Hay) Lawrence, Tanner Lawrence, Zachary Lewis and Brady Lewis, all of the Urbana area. His great-grandson, Nolan Smith, was the apple of his eye. Other survivors include brother Jerry (Lyn) Toomire of Urbana, sister-in-law Betty Hollingshead of Urbana and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sally and David Begin of Washington Court House. Step-grandchildren, Ira Henson, Polly Long, and Elizabeth Long also survive. Alan had numerous special nieces and nephews who survive as well.
Alan was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Selma and Melvin Miller, granddaughter Courtney Lewis and brother-in-law Pat Hollingshead.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the Urbana United Methodist Church with Pastor Paul Jones officiating. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Burial will follow in Oak Dale Cemetery, Urbana. Serving as Pallbearers: Kent Smith, Kyle Smith, Parker Lawrence, Tanner Lawrence, Zachary Lewis, Brady Lewis and Ira Henson. Honorary pallbearers: Jerry Toomire, David Begin, Lee Collins, Pat Gavinski, Don Long, Brian Smith, Mike Henson, Jeff Long, Jim Lewis and Ron Ream.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Urbana United Methodist Church or to The WhereHouse food pantry in care of the Urbana United Methodist Church, 238 N. Main St., Urbana, OH 43078. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.