Richard Edouard Toyra | News, Sports, Jobs

MARQUETTE – Richard Edward Toyra, 83, of Marquette entered into eternal life on Friday, September 16, 2022 at his home under the loving and comforting care of his family and the staff of UP Home Health and Hospice. Richard was born in Escanaba on July 29, 1939 to John and Olga Toyra. He is predeceased by his parents, John and Olga, his beloved wife, Nancy, his brother Melvin Toyra and his nephew Robert Toyra. Richard really loved the Lord and his favorite Bible verse was Luke 23:43. While dying on the cross, Jesus said to one of the criminals: “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Richard enjoyed sports and continued to play basketball well into his fifties. He saw many state high school championships in Michigan, Arizona and once in Florida. He often talked about getting autographs from Wilt Chamberlain and Bob Gibson at the Tours France restaurant before a Harlem Globe Trotter game. He graduated from Rock High School, in Rock, Michigan, where he participated in football, basketball, and track and field.

After high school, he served three years in the U.S. Army Finance Corps. Serve in Washington, DC and Chinon, France. During his stay in France, he had the opportunity to visit La Louve in Paris. He also traveled to London to see several plays, including My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews. Before leaving the service, he traveled through Scandinavian countries and visited relatives in Finland. He visited Finland a second time in the 90s and was very proud of his Finnish heritage.

After his military service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the NMU and served four years in the National Guard. He was proud to be part of Post 44 of the Jopling American Legion. He was an NMU supporter serving on several boards, including three years on the Advisory Board of Trustees. In addition, he taught several semesters of accounting in the business department of NMU in the late sixties.

He was employed by the Longyear office for thirty years, serving in various capacities as accountant, treasurer, secretary and executive vice president, as well as a member of its board of directors and general partner of the Longyear family partnership. At the same time, he was responsible for accounting at the Huron Mountain Club for twenty years.

He and his wife Nancy loved to travel, visit museums, see plays, cruises, and dine out with their group of friends. His passion for the sport has seen him attend the last four NCAA basketball tournaments in Seattle, New Orleans, Phoenix and Minneapolis, three of which the University of Michigan has participated in, including the famous time-out call. He also saw NCAA Tournament first round games in Orlando, St. Petersburg, Albuquerque, Tucson and Phoenix.

Richard has been involved in little league baseball for 34 years. Fourteen years as coach, manager and president of Marquette Little League followed by 20 years as district administrator working with Little League Baseball in Williamsport and its 12 leagues from Ironwood to Marquette to Calumet. He also started little league women’s softball in Marquette, which was the precursor to high school softball in Marquette County.

Richard loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as his great-great-grandchildren.

Richard is survived by his brother William Toyra (Vicki Layman deceased), his three children, Fenton (Maria), Theresa and John Toyra; Stepchildren, Diana (Jim) Hetrick, Heidi (Danny) Hill, Gretchen (Mike) Lakenen and Bethney Bergh, and grandchildren, Zachary and Austin Toyra and several other grandchildren, nieces Nicole Miller and Kary Toyra , and nephews, William Toyra, Peter Toyra and David (Patti) Toyra.

Friends can call Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services on Tuesday, September 20, from 11:30 a.m. until time of service at 12:30 p.m. Reverend Kevin Taylor will officiate. Interment, with veteran honors, will be in the park cemetery.

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