Max Edward Toy Lansing, MI Born August 3, 1925 to Jay and Esther Toy; died June 11, 2008 at the age of 82. Max lived most of his life in Lansing, a graduate of the city's public schools and Albion College. During WWII he served in the U.S. Navy as a sonar operator aboard the Destroyer Escort, USS Silverstein in the Pacific Theater. Following his military service Max was employed by the Michigan Employment Security Commission, serving in their Niles, Michigan and Detroit, Michigan offices and retired from that agency. His interests were many involving music, literature, the arts, theater and history. He developed an intimate knowledge of Great Lakes lighthouses, their location, year built, kind, instrumentation, dedication, etc. He built several exact replicas to scale using "as found" materials which are showpieces. A quiet person, Max was dearly loved by his family and will be sorely missed by family and a wide circle of friends. Max was preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Esther Toy, and sisters Caroline and Mary. Surviving are brother-in-law, Wesley Yard; niece, Martha (Charles) Powers; nephews, Fred (Sherry) Myers and Jon (Rebecca) Myers; and cousin, June (Paul) Helmker. His surviving family members pay tribute to his friends Bill Lingbeek and Larry Jess who provided family type care for Max in his latter days of vulnerability. There will be no visitation. Memorial services will be observed privately by mourners. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing, MI.
Published in Lansing State Journal on Jun. 13, 2008.