James L. Tobias

August 2, 1932June 23, 2013

TOBIAS, James L. 80, of Kettering, passed away Sunday June 23rd after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 58 years Jane I Tobias, who died May 27th. Jim is survived by his daughter Linda Lamb, son Larry Tobias, 4 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Jim was born August 2, 1932 in Dayton Oh. to Bernice and Howard “Russ” Tobias. He graduated from Patterson Co-Op high school in 1950. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. He joined the Kettering Police Department in 1955, graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1975, and retired in 1983 as a Lieutenant. Jim went on to work for the Tobias Funeral Home until retiring again in 2005. He was a life member of VFW Post 9927. Jim enjoyed spending time camping, fishing, and swapping lies at Stillwater Beach Camp Ground near Bradford, OH. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 4 to 6 pm at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME, Far Hills Chapel, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd. Funeral service 10 am Monday, July 1, 2013 at the funeral home. Pastor Andy Powell, officiating. Entombment, David’s Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a small donation be made to the American Lung Association in his memory. Online condolences may be sent to


  • Visitation Sunday, June 30, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 1, 2013

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Dean & Tracey Richardson

November 20, 2013

We camped with Jim and Justin for better than 10 years at stillwater and I just learned of his passing. I want to say what a wonderful man he was and him and Justin had a blast camping together, he taught us a lot about camping and his cooking over the campfire. I want to say how sorry we are for his passing and are blessed to have known him. Justin we pray for you and your family

jonne moore

June 30, 2013

Dear Larry, Linda, Nick, Justin, and Danny,
I just want to send my condolances. Jim And Jane were the most wonderful neighbors to me over the past twenty years. So many days I had wonderful conversation laughs while Jim grilled. There wasn't a time in our converstions that Jim didn't say let me know if If can help in any way. He always kept an eye out when went on vacation. If there was antything I had questions about or didn't understand I could go to Jim and he always knew great facts or the best deals or how I would go about handling situations.I will miss him and hold him with great respect and reguard. Sincerely, joanne Moore

Rickey Shockey asked me to send his deepest sympathy to the family he is on his honny moon in Mexico.

June 30, 2013

Larry and Linda
I was your Dads next door neighbor for 30 + years sorry for your loss your mom and dad were the best, always looking out and caring for family and neighbors. may I express my condolence.

Michael Moore

vicki shanks-north

June 28, 2013

Linda and Larry: so sorry for you loss. Your mom and dad were both such great people/ such good friends to Dick and Dee . I always had so much fun playing pranks on your dad and of course Toby being Toby he was the first to get even. Know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during these difficult times.

June 28, 2013

Lt. Tobias served the Kettering Police Department with distinction and honor. Our City is a better place because of his service and contributions.

On behalf of Ohio's Finest...I salute you!
Jim O'Dell
Kettering Ohio Police Chief

Kathleen Flint

June 28, 2013

The thought of your family losing both parents/grandparents in such a short time is unimaginable. I am so very sorry for your great losses. I was fortunate to work with Lt. Tobias at KPD for several years and last saw him perhaps twenty years ago at a service. He was unfailingly helpful, kind, intelligent, and had a terrific sense of humor. May God bless and comfort all of you.

Jean O'Day

June 28, 2013

Linda, you used to babysit for my kids on Ghent, I knew your Dad and Mother quite well, they were great people, your Dad was a funny man with a great personality. We lived at 2849 Ghent and moved to Arizona in 1976, I met some people at a garage sale here and we were talking about Ohio, come to find out they were friends with your Mother and Dad. Small world, right?
Anyway, I have fond memories of you all, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad, he was a good person.
Sincerely Jean Robinson- O'Day

Marla & Keith Moore

June 27, 2013

Please accept our condolences, I worked with Jim and Larry at KPD and also went to school with Larry. When my parents passed away Jim was helpful and supportive with their care. Please know your family are in our thoughts and prayers.