John R. Toland 1944 - 2006 Iola
Services for John R. Toland, 61, Iola, will be at 1 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church in Iola. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery in Iola.Mr. Toland died Friday, June 2, 2006, at the Kansas University Medical Center.He was born Oct. 7, 1944, in Iola, the son of Stanley E. and June Thompson Toland. He graduated from Iola High School as valedictorian in 1962. He attended Kansas University as a National Merit Scholar and graduated with highest distinction in 1966 with a degree in economics. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the National Scholastic Honor Society and Beta Theta Pi fraternity and was a John Ise Scholar. He attended KU law school, where he served as editor-in-chief of Kansas Law Review and graduated in 1969 as a member of Order of the Coif legal honor society.Mr. Toland served as a captain in the U.S. Army for four years as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps including a year's service in Vietnam in 1971. He later served with the Army Defense Appellate Division in Washington, D.C. He received a Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.He joined the law firm of Toland and Thompson in 1973. He was a member of the bar of the state of Kansas and the Supreme Court of the United States. He was a member and past president of the Allen County Bar Assn., a member of the Kansas Bar Assn. and American Bar Assn., and a fellow of the Kansas Bar Foundation.He was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church of Iola.Mr. Toland served on the Board of Trustees of Allen County Hospital. He was a member and president of the Iola Public Library Board, Iola Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Allen County Historical Society, Kansas State Historical Society, KU Alumni Association, Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation and a director of the Iola United Fund and Iola Area Symphony Orchestra.He married Karen A. Jeffries on April 26, 1980, in Miami, Okla. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include his mother, Iola; three sons, Mark, Scott and Kent, all of Iola; a daughter, Carol Toland, Lawrence; and a brother, Clyde. The family suggests memorials to First Presbyterian Church or to an educational memorial fund for his children, sent in care of Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel, 16 N. Buckeye St., Iola 66749.Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 312, Iola 66749.