Died: March 12, 2013
Irv was born to William Ernest and Irene Hunter Toler in Orosi, California; he was a child of the Great Depression which made a lasting impression on his character.
After High School, Irv became interested in the Civilian Pilot Training Program, and this lead him to enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1942. His home base was Seething, England - 712th Squadron, 448th Bomb Group, 2nd Air Division during WWII.
Flying B-24 Liberators, Irv and his crew flew 30 missions over Europe. His crew was one of the first to complete all of their missions with all the original crew members alive. Irv achieved the rank of Captain and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, five Air Medals, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 6 Bronze Stars, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and a Presidential Unit Citation.
After the war, Irv returned home and attended U.C. Berkeley obtaining a degree in Forestry and Engineering. He is #15 in the registry of California Registered Professional Foresters out of approximately 2,960 currently.
In 1948 Irv then moved to Burney as he had gotten employment with Swift, Star, Davies Timber Ownership, then Scott Lumber Company, and finally Big Valley Lumber Company in Bieber, California. He worked in the forests of the mountains he loved until he retired in 2000 at the age of 79.
Irv loved Burney, its scenery, its people and its problems. He was a founding member of Burney Presbyterian Church, an organizer and fierce fighter on the High School for Burney Committee; an equally fierce fighter for the location on Old Oregon Trail for a new Shasta College Campus. He was eastern Shasta County's elected member to the college board of trustees. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Mason's - Fort Crook Lodge #250, and the Intermountain - Modoc Shrine Club. He was also a charter member of the Burney Rotary Club.
Irv was an Eagle Scout and participated in the 1937 World Jamboree in New York City.
In life, Irv was conservative, compassionate, determined, a good tennis player, and a stamp collector.
Irv is survived by his brother, Phillip Jones; his wife of 60 years, Marilyn; daughter, Shannon and husband Steven; son, Brett and wife Julie; two grandsons, Seth and Grant Toler; one niece and two nephews.
There will be a service at the Burney Cemetery on Mountain View Road in Burney on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:00 am.
Special thanks goes out to Welcome Home Manor -Michael Erickson, Violet, and the ladies who gave care and comfort to Irv the last few months.
Charities of Irv's choice are the Station 146 Seething Tower Association in England (The Beeches; Brooke Road, Seething, Norwich; Norfolk, NR151DJ - England. WWW.Seethingtower.org), and the Northern California Veterans Museum and Heritage Center, 3711 Meadow View Drive Redding, CA 96002 norcalveteransmuseum.org
Arrangements handled through Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding (243-1525).