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Robert Lee Toney


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Robert Lee Toney Obituary
REAR ADMIRAL ROBERT LEE TONEY Robert Lee Toney, 82, Rear Admiral ("RADM") U.S. Navy (retired) passed away peacefully on November 4, 2016, in San Francisco, California. His full and well-lived life included a distinguished naval career, a loving marriage of 43 years to Flora (Wallace) Toney, a lifelong dedication to his large family and numerous friends around the world, and a passion for travel, history, and his community. RADM Toney will be remembered for his sense of purpose and service, his strong moral compass, his faith in God; and for his love of life, his wife, his family, his friends and his country. Robert Lee Toney was born August 30, 1934 in Monroe, Louisiana, the second of James and Alice Toney's six children. RADM Toney's parents moved their family to Oakland, California in 1942. His family moved to Oroville, CA in 1947. He attended Oroville High School from 1949 to 1952, and was both a scholar and athlete. His main sport was basketball, which he played all four years. Academically in high school, RADM Toney was a member of the California Scholarship Federation for three years. He also participated in California Cadets Corps, where he was an officer for two years. RADM Toney attended Youngstown University in Ohio from 1952-1954 and graduated from Chico State University in 1957 with a Bachelor degree in Social Science (Pre-Law). He is also a graduate, of the National and International Security Course, Harvard University; Cambridge, MA. RADM Toney had a distinguished naval career of 34 years, which included assignments as: Commander, Logistics Group One and Maritime Defense Command, and Commander, Navy Base San Francisco. His service began in 1957, when he entered Officer's Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. One of RADM Toney's many significant achievements in life came during the late 1960s, when he was on a tour of duty in Washington, D.C., and spearheaded a program to place more minorities into the commissioned officers ranks. In 1977, he had the distinction of being selected to attend the international military college for North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries (NATO) in Rome, Italy. RADM Toney was the commanding officer of two naval vessels during his career; the USS Kiska (AE-35); an ammunition ship and part of the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force from November 1975 to December 1976, and the USS Roanoke (AOR-7); a Wichita-class replenishment oiler for the Western Pacific from August 1983 to July of 1984. During his stint as a Rear Admiral he was the Commander, Navy Base San Francisco, where he managed more than 60,000 people from Monterey to the Northern California border, with a payroll at the time of $2.6 billion. RADM Toney's last command was as Director for Logistics and Security Assistance, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. He advised the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command on all matters dealing with the defense of the United States through bilateral logistics agreements, cooperatives funds, logistics planning, transportation, civil engineering and security assistance. He was responsible for all U.S. military facilities resources in the 100-million-square-mile Pacific Area from the West Coast of the United States to the East Coast of Africa. He was decorated for his service, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Vietnam Service Medal. RADM Toney retired from the navy in 1991 and he and his family took up residence in Oakland, CA. From 1991 to 1996, RADM Toney was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He was also the Executive Vice President of Business Development of F.E. Jordan and Associates. His business and community affiliations included: Past Interim President, Bay Area Urban League; Director, Bank of the West; Director, Levine-Fricke-Recon Advisory Board; Director, Junior Achievement of the San Francisco Bay Area; and Member, President's Advisory Board, Chico State University. RADM Toney had a strong beliefs regarding giving back to his community and did so in various ways including: serving as director on several boards, including United Way, World Affairs Council, Commonwealth Club, Volunteers of America and the Oakland Boys and Girls Club. RADM Toney was preceded in death by his wife and true love Flora, his parents James & Alice Toney and his brothers Walter Toney and Samuel Toney and is survived by his two daughters Kimberly, of San Francisco and Kelly Toney and son Robert Northmore Toney, his wife Victoria and son Benjamin Oliver all of Oakland. He is also survived by his brothers Glen and Charles Toney and sister Virginia Walker, of Chico, his god-daughters Nicole Toney and Taylor Brooks and god-son Charles Brooks Jr, and dear friend Velma Chavis, along with a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Cathedral of Christ of Light, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Quiet Hour will take place at 6 pm Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to one of the following organizations: Coming Home Hospice (www.cpmc.org); National Naval Officers Association (www.nnoa.org); Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland, (www.bgcoakland.org).
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Nov. 12, 2016
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