John W. Toll


John W. Toll, 94, of Columbus, died at 9:30 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2015, at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation.

Mr. Toll retired from Curtiss Breeding Service as district manager.

A former dairy farmer in Shelby County, he was a member of Bethel Baptist Church where he was a former deacon and Sunday school teacher.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Shelbyville and a life member of American Legion Post No. 24.

A World War II Army veteran, he served with the 101st Airborne, making eight jumps during the war, and served on the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.

The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with the Rev. John McKay officiating.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to time of service Friday.

Burial will be at Bethel Baptist Cemetery with military honors presented by Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences may be sent to the Toll family at

Born in Hartford City, April 23, 1920, Mr. Toll was the son of William J.B. and Mable Gaunce Toll.

He married Florence M. Julian August 9, 1975.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Florence M. Toll, sons; Kenneth (Vicky) Toll of Shelbyville, Keith W. (Carolyn) Toll of Brown County and Kevin L. (Margaret) Toll of New Palestine; stepsons, Larry R. (Shirley) Elgar of Columbus, Gary L. Elgar of Elizabethtown and Harold W. Elgar of Elizabethtown; stepdaughters, Nancy K. Wolfe of Columbus and Nyla J. (Dave) Barnes of Shelbyville; brothers, Fred (Dorothy) Toll of Shelbyville, Bryan (Donna) Toll of Florida and Marvin Thomas Toll of Shelbyville; a sister, Dorothy (Bob) Primavera of Florida; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lola Ortel, Margaret Belter, Barbara Sauer, Nettie Murray and Linda Lou Toll; a brother, Roy Toll; and a grandson, Bradley C. Toll.