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“Dear Toll Family, I recently learned of Gaylord's passing. I got to know him during my 11 years as Grants Manager of the Dekko Foundation. As many...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Dee Slater - Kendallville, IN

“To the Family of Mr. Toll, Twenty seven years ago, Mr. Toll hired me as a teacher and coach at Garrett High School. He taught me to be fair, be...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Matt Beerbower - Garrett, IN

“I want to recognize my brother, Tom,for masterful job he did, of writing my our dad's obituary. I will take issue with Tom on one small phrase,when...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Ronald Toll - South Bend, IN

“Mr. Toll was a great advocate of education and the joy of learning. He inspired me throughout my 27 years of teaching. May his spirit live forever! ”
4 of 31 | Posted by: Ginny Kieran - Davenport, FL

“Dear Mrs. Toll and Family, Skip and I were so sorry to read about Mr. Toll's passing and of your great loss. We just wanted to tell you how much we...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Skip and Becky Claxton - Garrett, IN

“Ed & I want to express our sympathy in the passing of our former Principal, Mr Toll. He was quite a guy, a friend and advocate for his students. ...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Jennifer Leary

“Dear Mrs. Toll and family,Please accept my condolences on the loss of this very fine and special man. We all had the deepest respect for Mr. Toll as...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Chris Slack Houghton - Rensselaer, IN

“My second father and father to my life-long best friend, Ron (Billy). I've known and loved him for over 50 years. He was an imposing school...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Reid and Betty Bowser - Westland, MI

“Dear Flonnie, How sorry I am to hear the news. Although I was in OCS with Gaylord for seven months at Fort Benning, I didn't get to really know him...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Denny Barrett - Perrysburg, OH

“Barb and family, Mr. Toll was a kind man and principal, who made everyone feel valued. We will never be familiar with death in our humanity .People...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: Karen Rieth - Elkhart, IN

“Sorry to learn of Gaylord's passing. RIP ”
11 of 31 | Posted by: Stanley - West Fes Moines, FL

“To Flonnie So Sorry to hear about the loss of Gaylord Our Love, Thoughts and Prayers to you and your The Shirley {McLeland} Wright Family ”
12 of 31 | Posted by: Timothy Wright - Eaton (Shideler), IN

“Mr. Toll was a kind man; it was a privilege to have him as a principal. Godspeed! To his family, may his love for you last in your hearts until you...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Annette (Lovell) Self - OH

“A job change took me to northern Indiana in 1979 and it was necessary to find a new home in the U.S. Army Reserves. God blessed me with an...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: Dick Chegar - Indianapolis, IN

“Dear Flonnie and Family. On behalf of the comrades of Infantry OCS Class 22-52, I extend our sympathies and condolences. Sara also joins me in ...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: J. L. Pete Morgan - AZ

“We are very saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Gaylord. We'll never forget the kindness he shared with all. We'll miss his presence at the...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Mike & Teckla Lane - South Bend, IN

“Many prayers go out to the family,may God comfort you through this time of grief. ”
17 of 31 | Posted by: Lana Stoop-Bowers - Payne, OH

“Flonnie and Family I had the privelige of working with Gaylord while he was Principal at Garrett. The student's interests were always his first...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: David Neal - Waterloo, IN

“Gaylord, Flonnie, Tom, Ron, Becky & Barb were my next door neighbors while I was growing up. Gaylord was my Junior-Senior High School principal at...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Beverly Rowe - Plymouth, IN

“Dear Flonnie & Family, Our deepest sympathies as you mourn the passing of Gaylord, who was an extraordinary gentleman. It was a privilege to have...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Alan & Karen Middleton - Auburn, IN

“Mr Toll was my junior high and high school principal at Garrett High School from 1982 to 1987. He was a great man of outstanding character. He...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Amy Baker - Huntertown, IN

“Blessed to have you as my Father. ”
22 of 31 | Posted by: Barbara Toll Zucker - South Bend, IN

“May God's peace be with all of Mr. Toll's family and friends. I will always remember Mr. Toll as a fair person who truly cared about his students. ...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Doug Ahr - Fort Wayne, IN

“This world has lost a great man. Our loss is Heaven's gain. I am blessed to have known and worked with Gaylord. My thoughts and prayers go out to...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Myrna Zmyslony - Garrett, IN

“Tom, Kay and Family, I was saddened to learn of Gaylord 's passing. He had led a very full life indeed. You are in my thoughts and prayers! ...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Debbie Nielsen - LaPorte, IN

“I had the honor to teach at Garrett while Mr Toll was the principal. He hired me for my first and only teaching position. He was an outstanding...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Paul Marlow - Garrett, IN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we celebrate the life of a great man. Whether in the classroom, on the golf course, at a Lions event or...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Jerry & Maureen Isenberg - IL

“gaylord was more than a friend and neighbor.He was a mentor to know him was to love him.I will miss him so very much.One of the nicest men i have...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: Terry - south bend, IN - friend

“Gaylord will be greatly missed. While at Garrett HS, I considered him my mentor, since he taught me so many things about being an administrator. He...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Paul Johnston - Wolcottville, IN

“Dear Flonnie, Gaylord was such a great man! He will be missed by all who knew him. He always made me feel special when I would visit with him at...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Jessica (Speakman) Gromaski - IN

“Dear Flonnie and family, My heart is reaching out to all of you during this time of loss. Gaylord was very special. He always valued every employee,...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Linda Speakman-Yerick - Rome City, IN


Gaylord N. Toll, 85, of South Bend and a former resident of Garrett, Lakeville, Mentone and North Webster passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013 at RiverCrest Specialty Hospital in Mishawaka.

He was born in Muncie, Indiana on March 4, 1928 to Frank and Opal (McLelland) Toll. On July 28, 1951, he married the love of his life, Flonnie (Beaty) Toll.

Gaylord liked to say that he had retired three times. Most recently he retired as the founding Executive Director of the Freedom Academy, an innovative adult education provider that serves Northeast Indiana. He also retired from a 35 year career in secondary education; first as a mathematics teacher and then as Principal at North Webster High School, Mentone High School, LaVille Jr.-Sr. High School, and Garrett High School. His first retirement was in 1982 from the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve where he enjoyed a 31 year career and achieved the Rank of Colonel. He served as Commandant of the 4160th USAR School from 1978-1981. Following retirement, Colonel Toll proudly wore his uniform as he participated in dozens of Veterans Day and Memorial Day Services.

Gaylord held a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Ball State University, where he was a member of the school's first Men's Volleyball Team, and an Master of Science Degree Educational Administration from Indiana University. He completed additional post-graduate work at Indiana University and Purdue University. During his military career he completed Infantry Basic Officer Course in 1952, Ordinance Officer Basic Course in 1957, Ordinance Officer Advanced Course in 1960, Command and General Staff College in 1967 and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1973.

Always an active community member wherever he and Flonnie resided, he served on the Boards of DeKalb Memorial Hospital, Garrett Public Library, Alliance Industries, Garrett-Keyser-Butler Vocational Building Trades, DeKalb County Community Foundation, and The Freedom Academy. He was an active member of the Dekko Foundation Grants Review Committee. Gaylord was a 58-year member of Lions International and Past District Governor of District 25-G. He was an active member of the Lydick Lions Club. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Lakeville Masonic Lodge.

Gaylord loved the Lord and served many United Methodist congregations as a board member, bible study leader and Sunday school teacher. He truly enjoyed singing and was a valued member of many church choirs. Most recently, he and Flonnie were active in the Northwest United Methodist Church of South Bend.

In addition to all this he was an untangler of fishing lines, a driver of station wagons, a feller and flocker of Christmas trees, an encourager of aspirations, a grower of vegetables, a striker of magnificent golf shots, a regaler of fine dining events, and the best husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, relative, friend and mentor that anyone could hope for in this world.

Gaylord is survived by his wife Flonnie; four children, Tom (Kay) of Hillsborough, New Jersey, Ron of South Bend, Becky (Terry) Holzwart of South Bend, and Barbara (Dr. Stephen) Zucker of South Bend; seven grandchildren Maegan (Douglas) Hawkins of LaPorte, Tyler (Faith) Toll of Naples, Florida, Landon (Kristina) Toll of Indianapolis, Whitney Toll of Indianapolis, Trevor Toll of Indianapolis, Gretchen (A. J.) Summe of Elkhart, and Caleb Holzwart of Bremen; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday May 23, 2013 in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend. Funeral services for Gaylord will be held at 11 am Friday May 24, 2013 in Northwest United Methodist Church, 21855 Brick Road, South Bend. Burial will take place at Union Cemetery in Eaton Indiana at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest United Methodist Church, the Lydick Lions Club, Warren Township EMS or the charity of the donor's choice.