H. Richard Toso

October 23, 1934 - February 15, 2023

Visitation: Family will greet visitors one hour prior to the service. 

Service: Memorial services will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2023 at Canton Lutheran Church.

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          Richard Toso, age 88, passed from this earth on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at Good Samaritan Society Canton. Memorial services will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2023 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Family will greet visitors one hour prior to the service.

          Richard was born on October 23, 1934 near Erhard, MN to Conrad and Elizabeth (Muchow) Toso. He attended country school through fourth grade and completed his education at Fergus Falls graduating in 1952. That December he enlisted in the US Navy serving his country during the Korean conflict as a radarman aboard the USS Hornet. He attended Pacific Lutheran University for three semesters while living with sister Luella in Tillicum, WA. Working his way back to the Midwest he found himself at a rodeo in Vermillion, SD where he met Judith (Judy) Ann Remter. After a long courtship, they were wed on April 2, 1966.

          Richard and Judy welcomed Jonathan in 1967 and David in 1974. Richard finished his teaching degree at Moorhead State University in Moorhead, MN. He taught elementary students in Madison, MN and Sioux City, IA. Later he taught truck driving at Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, and finished his career as a correction officer for Woodbury County, IA.

          Richard enjoyed spending time with his large extended family and would drive long distances to celebrate his many nieces and nephews. Moments spent with his grandchildren were relished and thoroughly enjoyed. He volunteered on numerous church boards while in Sioux City and then in his grandchildren’s classrooms. In 2012 Richard was honored as the Volunteer of the Year for Good Samaritan Society Canton. He will be fondly remembered for his devotion to Judy, adoration of his grandchildren, quiet demeanor, quick and often quirky wit, and many signature phrases.

          Richard is survived by his two sons: Jonathan (Mary) Toso, Canton, SD; David Toso, Canton, SD; four grandchildren: Becca (Jake) Toso Mahowald, Jacob, Matthew, and Elizabeth; one great-grandchild: Leland; sister Lorraine Kantrud, Fergus Falls, MN; sister-in-law Sally (Ben) Kolbe, Dixon, SD; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his bride Judy; parents; brothers: Kenneth, Eugene, Norman, Donald; sisters: Mildred, Luella, Dorothy.

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  1. Cliff Sorum on February 17, 2023 said:

    I would see, Mr Toso, as I called him at C Hawk games. We would tease each other at the snack counter what was on the menu.
    He was always very friendly & plesant with a smile. I will miss him.

  2. Amy ( Lorentz) Lorenz on February 18, 2023 said:

    Jonathan & David…
    You are in my thoughts this season.. your dad was always so welcoming and ready with a great hug . Also, he always made you feel special to see him.
    I have good memories of him and your mother..
    Love Amy

  3. Lisa Toso Moreland on February 20, 2023 said:

    My memories of your Dad are filled with fun and laughter. A masterful story teller, a fun-filled host at the “tiltin’ Hilton” cabin, an ever present brother at my Dad’s side. Dearest love sent to you all🫶🏻

  4. Pamela Miller on February 21, 2023 said:

    Your entire family is in my prayers. Richard lived a wonderful life and has a beautiful family who loved him dearly. Imagine the reunion with Judy and with all his siblings! Resting in the arms of Jesus. What a blessing. My condolences to you all.

  5. Scott Toso on February 21, 2023 said:

    My sympathies to the Toso Family, when Dick would travel back to “Maplewood” Fergus Falls/Erhard to see his sister Lorraine he would often visit my Dad {Gerhard Toso} nothing but Great memories of Dick and I loved hearing all the stories of growing up in “Maplewood” ~ Scott Toso ,Fergus Falls,Mn.

  6. Joan Arnott on February 21, 2023 said:

    May you find strength and peace for the days ahead and loving memories to fill your heart.

  7. Sarah Toso on February 23, 2023 said:

    Dear Jonathan and David
    One of my fondest memories of your dad is when he and Judy came to visit my dad in the hospital. It was so thoughtful of them to come and chat and of course your dad made us all laugh a few times 😁
    My sympathies for your loss at his passing!!
    From your Cousin Sarah Toso

  8. Will & Erin Molstad on February 25, 2023 said:

    While it pains me to know that Papa has left our world, it is with great joy to know that he is with our Lord and of course he gets to see and be with Judy too. While I could not be in person for the service, the service was beautiful and the grandkids sharing their amazing memories was so humbling. It’s incredible to hear their share which was exactly how I grew to know papa threw growing up and spending so much time with Jon in Sioux City. Mr Toso is also how I knew him, and I always will remember him as a loving, caring, compassionate man who knew how important family was and showed it quietly and lovingly…..just a classy man. Love you all and Praise the Lord for all our gifts. Amen

  9. The Weaver’s on February 25, 2023 said:

    Beautifully written obituary. He will be missed. Love you guys. Know it was a hard day. Rich and Lynda

  10. Marlys Hohman on March 18, 2023 said:

    You have my sympathy and my prayers as you go on without your dad. We talked about this at my last appointment but we are never ready to say good bye for now to our parents.. Keep his memories alive!