In memory of

James Toms

October 13, 1933 - January 11, 2018
From: Lake View, IA
James Toms

James Toms

Born: October 13, 1933
Died: January 11, 2018
Age: 84
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     James Donald Toms, age 84, of Lake View, IA, passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at his home in Lake View.  James was born on October 13, 1933, in Carroll, IA, to Ira and Julia (Kelly) Toms.  He grew up in the Glidden, IA, area where he attended school.  Following school, James enlisted in the United States Air Force.

     On September 20, 1968, James was united in marriage to Vickie Lynn McFarland in Maryville, MO.  James was blessed with two sons, Jerry and Alex, from a previous marriage.  Together James and Vickie made their home in Lohrville where they were blessed with four children: Gary, Tyra, Jaylene, and Carmen.

     James was baptized on February 14, 1971, at the United Methodist Church in Farnhamville, IA.  He was currently a member of the Lakes United Methodist Church in Lake View.

     James was a hard worker and his work ethic was a model for his children and grandchildren.  He was self-employed and together with Vickie they owned and operated “Toms Red Top Café” in Lohrville from 1971 through 1991.  Nobody was a stranger, he enjoyed visiting with all the customers and friends he made while he owned his restaurant.  He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, and treasured spending time with family and friends.  He loved his family and grandchildren, always attending their activities and special events.  He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

     Survivors include his wife, Vickie of Lake View; son Gary D. Toms and wife Charlotte of Pensacola, FL; daughters: Tyra L. Toms-Conde and husband Juan of San Benito, TX, Jaylene A. Hansen and husband Loren of St. Joseph, MO and Carmen M. Thedford and husband Marvin of Ewa Beach, HI;  16 grandchildren: 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.  He is also survived by his sister, Jeanie Heuton and her husband Wendall of Carroll, IA; daughter-in-law Gayle Toms of Carroll, IA; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

     James was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Julia Toms; his sons: Jerry and Alex; eight sisters; and three brothers.






10:30 a.m., Monday
January 15, 2018
Lakes United Methodist Church
Lake View, Iowa

Pastor Laurel Westerkamp
5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday
January 14, 2018
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Lake View, Iowa
Merle Hay Cemetery
Glidden, Iowa


Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 3:14 PM
“Vicki, we were so shocked and saddened at the news of Jimís passing. Our sincerest sympathies go out to you and your family.”
- Bill & Mardelle Bell
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 3:14 PM
“Vickie and Family,
I just heard of Great Uncle Jim's passing. I am so sorry to hear of this but know that he is now reunited with Grandma (Dorthy). Loved our visits and his teasing when he saw me while he was making his rounds to Grandma's and then to Hutch's to see Mom. He will be missed by many! Love you all!”
- Suzi (Hutchinson (Janet's Daughter)) Lockwood
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 9:05 AM
“Dear Vickie and Family, We are so saddened to hear of the loss of your dear husband. Our hearts go out to you and your precious family. ”
- Susan Hansen Peters and Dennis Peter
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 8:34 PM
“Jim was truly one of a kind, I will miss his with. Words can't express the lost of a loved one.”
- Linda and Martin Toms
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:04 PM
“Tyra, we know your Dad will be terribly missed. He was loved by all of you. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May Jehovah comfort you and your family and give you peace.
Just know that we are here for you, we are just a phone call away.
(2 Corinthians 1:4-7) 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those in any sort of tribulation through the comfort with which we ourselves are being comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings for the Christ abound in us, so the comfort we get also abounds through the Christ. 6 Now whether we are in tribulation, it is for YOUR comfort and salvation; or whether we are being comforted, it is for YOUR comfort that operates to make YOU endure the same sufferings that we also suffer. 7 And so our hope for YOU is unwavering, knowing as we do that, just as YOU are sharers of the sufferings, in the same way YOU will also share the comfort.
- David and Alice Esquivel
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:59 AM
“Sorry for your loss Vicki and family.”
- Larry Jordison
Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5:30 PM
“Vickie and Family. Our hearts ache for you and your family. We so enjoyed getting to know Jim and he will be dearly missed. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Much love! Gary & Diane”
- Gary & Diane Vitamvas
Friday, January 12, 2018 at 12:31 PM
“All of you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. Jim was a wonderful, kind hearted man. What a blessing all of you had with him in your life. Each time that I had the pleasure of being around Jim he always made me laugh. My heart breaks for each of you. I am glad that he went peacefully at home. If there is anything I can do for any of you please let me know. I love all of you. ”
- Kelly McKee
Friday, January 12, 2018 at 12:31 PM
“Vicki and family; Our prayers and sympathy to you !! God be with you and grant you peace!! ”
- Jim & Sue Adams
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