By HDN Staff
COOLIDGE, Ariz. Robert (Bob) H. Toldness, 89, formerly of Havre, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000 of natural causes at a nursing home in Casa Grande, Ariz.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Lutheran Church in Havre. Cremation has taken place.
Toldness was born to Hans and Johanna Toldness Jan. 22, 1911 in Chokio, Minn. The family moved in 1913 to a homestead north of Havre, where it farmed and ranched until selling the farm in 1976.
Toldness graduated from Havre High School in 1929, then farmed and ranched north of Havre and occasionally worked in the woods near Kalispell until World War Two. He was inducted into the Army Air Corps during the war and served with the Composite Group from 1942 to 1945.
On Sept. 19, 1942, he married Mildred I. Thompson in Havre. They farmed for a few years after the war. In 1949, he obtained work with the Great Northern Railroad (BN). He retired in 1976.
The couple moved to Coolidge, Ariz. after retirement and traveled extensively. Toldness became an avid golfer and enjoyed taking care of plants and fruit trees in his yard. He loved playing the piano and enjoyed all types of music. His long-time special hobby was the restoration and care of early 1950s Plymouth cars.
Toldness took great pride in his children and grandchildren and was always interested in their endeavors.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: George, John, Harry and Raymond, and a sister, Hazel Klingler.
Survivors includes his wife, Mildred of Coolidge; daughter, Myrna White of North Bend, Ore.; son, Loren Toldness of Havre; four grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the First Lutheran Church or a charity of one's choice.