Roy Collom Toone Jr.
April 16, 1950 – February 1, 2021
Roy Collom Toone, Jr, 70, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2021. Roy was born in Waco, Texas on April 16, 1950 to Myrtle Arlene (Esko) and Roy Collom Toone, Sr. He was a graduate of Waco High School, where he was a member of the JROTC and played trombone in the band. Roy went on to study Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University, earning a bachelors in 1972 and masters in 1974. He was also in the Corps of Cadets and a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. Roy met and married his wife, Betti Leonette (Zane) in 1974.
Roy was commissioned in the United States Army in 1972 where he went on to serve in the Signal Corps from 1974-1978 in West Germany. After completing his service, Roy and family returned Stateside where Roy worked as an Electrical Engineer for Mobil Chemical (Temple, TX), Bechtel Petroleum (Clear Lake, TX and Midland, MI), Black & Veatch (Kansas City), and Kroll Schiff & Associates (Bastrop, TX). He was an active member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and trained younger engineers to also receive their Professional certification. Roy retired in 2013 and moved back to his beloved Aggieland in 2015.
Roy was a family man, happiest spending his time with his children, supporting and coaching them in their sports, music, and other extracurriculars, and teaching them his numerous handy-man skills. He completed the MS150 bike ride four times because his children wanted to ride it. Roy loved music, always having one of his many records spinning at the house or was attending live performances with his family. He was an avid reader of historical and war fiction, especially stories by Tom Clancy. Roy loved to travel, both internationally and domestic, and encouraged that passion in his children. He supported all things related to Texas A&M, especially Aggie football and the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. While living in Kansas City, Roy served as President of the Heart of America A&M Club from 1998-1999, and was proud to have hosted the yell leaders and Reveille in his home before a football game. Being a veteran and proud American, Roy was a loyal supporter of both current and former military troops.
Along with his family, Roy was a member of Lenexa United Methodist Church (Lenexa, KS), Bannockburn Baptist Church (Austin, TX), and Grace Bible Church (College Station, TX). He served in the children’s ministry at Bannockburn to co-lead 3rd grade Sunday School, and was an active member of the Lifebuilder’s Adult Class at Grace.
Roy is survived by his cherished wife of 46 years, Leonette (Zane) Toone, and their children: daughter, Stephanie S. and husband Jeffrey DeHaven of Phoenix, AZ; son, Roy Z. Toone and wife Candace of Rockville, VA; and daughter, Traci L. Toone of Bryan, TX. He loved being “Papa” to his adoring grandchildren: Ansleigh, Hudson, Morgan, Aubrey, and Hatcher. Roy is also survived by his sisters, Janice (Toone) Wolter and Jacqueline (Maunu) Hendricks of Arizona, and brothers Philip Maunu and Gerald Maunu of Minnesota. Roy will be greatly missed and remembered as a kind, generous, loving, loyal, and patriotic “gentle giant”.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 6th at Grace Bible Church Southwood campus in College Station, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests charitable contributions in memory of Roy C Toone, Jr. be made to Brain Support Network, www.brainsupportnetwork.org, PO Box 7264, Menlo Park, CA 94026, or to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, www.theaftd.org.
- Betti Leonette Zane Toone, Wife
- Roy Z. & Candace Toone, Son & Daughter-in-law
- Stephanie S. & Jeffrey DeHaven, Daughter & Son-in-law
- Traci L. Toone, Daughter
- Janice Arlene Toone Wolter, Sister
- Jacqueline Maunu Hendricks, Sister
- Philip Maunu, Brother
- Gerald Maunu, Brother
- Roy Collom Toone, Sr., Father (deceased)
- Myrtle Arlene Esko, Mother (deceased)
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Roy Collom Toone Jr.
Joyce and Brian Mader
February 8, 2021
Dear Leonette and family,
Roy was a joy to know and love. He was a wonderful Army Officer, believing in Duty, Honor and Country. He was a fantastic husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle. Life is quite a bit dimmer without his spirit.
I still laugh when, the last time we saw you guys in Texas, we rang the bell and, just as we were wondering if you were home, Roy ripped open the front door and scared the feathers off me! Everybody laughed till tears came. We have grand memories of him and his patience ( what do people from the North know about Texas Aggies?). We will miss him but we know he is his wonderful self once again. Love and blessings to all of you.
February 7, 2021
Leonette and Family, We so appreciated Roy's faithfulness in serving LifeBuilders and his happy and cheerful demeanor. Thank you for all you have done for the Body!
February 6, 2021
Three of us, Roy, Will Ritchie, and myself were room mates during graduate school at Texas A&M. Though life took us to various places and roles, and we didn't stay in touch as closely as we might, I look back on those 18 months with Roy and subsequent encounters in Germany and Texas with great fondness for a "gentle giant" who was funny, thoughtful, smart, and caring.
Also, a few years ago I recall a Christmas night time tour of Washington, DC which I was privileged to share with Roy, Leonette, and at least some of the great Toone family. Beautiful memories of a truly great man and his wonderful family! Love and caring thoughts, Bob
February 5, 2021
Leonetta, Virginia told me of Roy's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. I know it is difficult for those remaining but I am sure Roy has received his just reward. I know that Roy and Jim are probably getting in trouble together.
The obituary was certainly enlightening about so many aspects of Roy's. I was surprised to see that you all were in the Kansas City area. That was my old stomping ground in my teenage years.
You are in my prayers. Thank you for your faithful service to the Hudson Creek community during the Saturday hymn sings. Ann Wild.
Rick and T-Mo Mertz
February 4, 2021
Our memories of Roy are sharing time with him and Leonette in Fountain Hills Arizona when visiting their daughter and son-in-law in Phoenix. He was a very gentle, quiet spoken, attentive man. Our regret is that we did not have more time with him.
February 4, 2021
Dear Leonette and family,
When we think of Roy we think of his smile. It seems he always had a smile on his face. He had such a tender heart and kind soul. We know he loved you all with an everlasting love. We also know how much he loved the Aggies Band, especially the Class of '72. Whoop!
May his memory always bring a smile to our face and joy to our hearts. Praying you all find the peace that passes all understanding.
Mike and Carolyn Jatzlau