OBITUARY

E. Kenneth Tooley

March 31, 1930June 9, 2019
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Executive Vice President – Texas Association of Life Underwriters

Born in Tolbert, Texas, Wilbarger County, March 31, 1930

Attended public schools in Haskell, Texas, he graduated from Haskell High School in 1947.

He attended McMurry College in Abilene, Texas, and the University of Texas at Austin. He left the university in 1952 when enlisted in the army and was deployed to Korea where he served until 1954. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1960.

On July 3rd in 1952 Dad married Doris Nell Anderson of Rule, Texas. She was absolutely the love of his life. He married her, enlisted one week later and left for camp in El Paso. Mom and Dad remained married until her death March 2, 2012, 60 years.

Upon returning from Korea he went to work then returned to college to finish his degree in 1967 graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

At age 14 he was employed by the local newspaper in Haskell, The Haskell Free Press, and followed a newspaper career for 20 years.

He was employed as an advertising salesman at the Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, Texas, 1954-56. In 1956, he purchased an interest in a weekly newspaper, the Paducah Post, Paducah, Texas, and was publisher until he sold his interest in 1964. He organized the Paducah Chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and served as the first president. He later served as president of the Paducah Lions Club and was instrumental in organizing the Paducah Chamber of Commerce.

Moving to Austin, Texas, in 1964, he served as public information officer for the Office of Defense and Disaster Relief at the Texas Department of Public Safety, resigning in 1966 to join TALU.

In November 1966, he joined the Texas Association of Life Underwriters (TALU) as Managing Director and was given the title of Executive Vice President by vote of the convention delegates at the 1967 convention of TALU in Dallas.

He had responsibilities that included coordinating the activities of the 8,900 member Texas Association of Life Underwriters, the 600 member Texas Leaders Round Table, and the 600 member Southwest General Agents and Managers Association. He coordinated 20 standing committees of TALU and numerous special committees, maintained membership records, planned meetings and activities of all three state organizations, coordinated state programs with the 37 local associations that make up TALU, provided continuity for the associations’ officers and directors who are volunteers, and served as President of TALU Services, Inc.

He served on several State Board of Insurance Advisory Committees appointed by the Commissioner, including the Continuing Education Advisory Committee and the Committee to draft rules that regulate Third Party Administrators. He has testified on behalf of TALU members before the State Board of Insurance regarding agent regulatory matters and in the Texas Legislature before House and Senate Committees regarding insurance and agent legislative issues.

He is a LUPAC-Texas Ambassador GRANDEE, a LUPAC Tall Texan and served as Secretary-Treasurer for LUPAC-Texas, assisting in determination of candidate contribution process and representing LUPAC at government relations functions and fund-raising events.

In 1976, he was presented the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Texas Leaders Round Table, an honor bestowed on him for outstanding contributions to the life insurances industry in Texas above and beyond the call of duty.

Also in 1976, he was named a recipient of the C. Carney Smith Award, the first time it was ever presented, for the advancement of professionalism in association management, the highest award presented to an association executive by the National Association of Life Underwriters (NALU). He also served a 3 year term on the NALU Association Executive Council, one year as Chairman, and Executive Liaison for the NALU Committee of Associations, Public Relations, State/Company Field Relations and Communications, and the Task Force on National Conventions.

In 1977, he was named Boss of the Year by the Treaty Oaks Chapter of American Business Women’s Association in Austin.

He was a member of the Texas Society of Association Executives and the American Society of Association Executives.

Active in the community, he served, with his wife Doris, as president of Parent-Teacher Associations at elementary, junior high, and high school levels, has served as a precinct chairman for the Democratic Party in Travis County, and served two years as a member of the City Solicitation Committee in Austin. He coached us all in Little League Baseball, Pony Baseball, Colt Baseball, Little League Football, and served as president of the Reagan High School Booster Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents OW and Velma Tooley, his sister Lodena Tooley and his cherished wife Doris Nell (Anderson) Tooley of Rule, Texas. He is survived by daughter Kay Harty and her husband Bill, son Kent Tooley and his partner Cheri Posner, son Kevin Tooley and wife Linda, son Kirk Tooley and wife Lori.

He is also survived by eight grandchildren whom he dearly loved: Becky Harty, Bobbie Harty, Kendal Tooley, Lacy Dyke and husband Justin, Kelli Tooley, Courtney Westbrook and husband Cody, Kasey Tooley and Sergeant Brandon Tooley

And 5 and ½ great grandchildren, Damien, Violet, Olive, Jonah, Elijah and one to be named in a few months.

  • FAMILY

  • He was preceded in death by his parents OW and Velma Tooley, his sister Lodena Tooley and his cherished wife Doris Nell (Anderson) Tooley of Rule, Texas. He is survived by daughter Kay Harty and her husband Bill, son Kent Tooley and his partner Cheri Posner, son Kevin Tooley and wife Linda, son Kirk Tooley and wife Lori.

    He is also survived by eight grandchildren whom he dearly loved: Becky Harty, Bobbie Harty, Kendal Tooley, Lacy Dyke and husband Justin, Kelli Tooley, Courtney Westbrook and husband Cody, Kasey Tooley and Sergeant Brandon Tooley

    And 5 and ½ great grandchildren, Damien, Violet, Olive, Jonah, Elijah and one to be named in a few months..
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bobby Harty
  • Kasey Tooley
  • Brandon Tooley
  • Justin Dyke
  • Cody Westbrook
  • Angel Alaniz

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, June 13, 2019

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Susan Wagner

June 13, 2019

Kent,
My sincerest condolences go out to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Susan Wagner

Kathy Kathy Humphries Eschberger

June 12, 2019

I met Mr. Tooley in March of 1978, when he hired me as the TALU receptionist. Over the next 10 years while working at TALU, he taught me all the aspects of association management, including how to maneuver the politics of such. He bestowed a lot of confidence and support in both my professional and personal growth. He encouraged me to further my education by going to night school.

I watched and learned how he treated his staff, peers, and the thousands of members we managed, with respect, kindness, and willingness to go the extra mile. He was also a great family man, who loved his wife, and supported his children.

Mr. Tooley, you were my boss, my mentor, and my friend. I owe the past 30 years of my professional life to you. Thank you for taking a chance and having the faith in this young women with three small children, who was just learning to type, and who desperately needed a job.

I am better for knowing you.

Respectfully,
Kathy Humphries Eschberger

1983 TALU staff Photo L to R: Becky, Kathy Humphries, Lynda Meneses, Jack Schmidt, Conices, Alex Martinez, Laurie Cromwell, “Our Boss” Ken Tooley

Linda Angerstein

June 12, 2019

I worked with Mr. Tooley (or EKT, as staff called him) at TALU in the early '90s until his retirement and he was my favorite boss ever. He was always ready with praise and encouragement, open to new ideas, smart, funny, and most of all, caring and compassionate. He was a true gentleman and remained, right up to his death, the heart of a huge network of old friends and colleagues, keeping us all informed of illnesses, deaths and triumphs. I exchanged emails with him only last month or so. He will truly be missed. My sincere condolences to the family. I hope you will rejoice in the happy memories and in the good, long life he had.

Sandra Emmons

June 12, 2019

I am writing for my sister, Suzanne Allen, my husband, Tommy, and myself. Suzy and I met Ken while attending U.T. baseball games. We were fortunate to have been accepted into the "group" where we all sat and "coached" during many seasons. My husband, Tommy, and I also visited with Ken at basketball and football games as well. Ken had and will have a very special place in our hearts. He has been a wonderful friend and role model for all of us. He embodied kindness and caring and made the world a brighter place. We count ourselves lucky and blessed to have known him. Heaven is now a brighter place with him there!

Angel Alaniz

June 12, 2019

I knew Pawpaw for a short time period, but he always had a smile when I seen him and he always made me laugh and welcomed me into the family with open arms. A lot of family wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for Pawpaw and I'm thankful for that. He will live on through all the great memories his family has of and with him. Never forget. Thank you Pawpaw and see you around.

DON HOOVER

June 12, 2019

Mr. Tooley was a true father to all his family and a wonderful father figure to many many others, myself including. A good and loving man who will be missed and never forgotten.

Les Littleton

June 11, 2019

Ken was always supportive when I became active with the TALU Board. Great leader who was organized in all areas of our Association. He has been missed since his retirement, but now that loss has become permanent, the reality of his passing becomes a place of burden upon our heart.
GOD Bless the Tooley Family in their time of grieving.

Don Boozer

June 11, 2019

I first had the pleasure of working with Ken in 1976 when I was elected to the TALU board. From that time and for the next 10 years, Ken guided me through the leadership process of TALU. With his precision planning and on-hands mentoring - I was able to appear competent though all of the chairs finishing as President in 1985 and 86. That was no small feat - but Ken was the man who made it all happen.

He was a great friend and companion but more than that he was a great family man. Ken was married to Doris - the love of his life and together they raised kids that are great examples for everyone who know them.

Ken will be missed but we are all better for knowing him.

Don Boozer

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Biography

Executive Vice President – Texas Association of Life Underwriters

Born in Tolbert, Texas, Wilbarger County, March 31, 1930

Attended public schools in Haskell, Texas, he graduated from Haskell High School in 1947.

He attended McMurry College in Abilene, Texas, and the University of Texas at Austin. He left the university in 1952 when enlisted in the army and was deployed to Korea where he served until 1954. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1960.

On July 3rd in 1952 Dad married Doris Nell Anderson of Rule, Texas. She was absolutely the love of his life. He married her, enlisted one week later and left for camp in El Paso. Mom and Dad remained married until her death March 2, 2012, 60 years.

Upon returning from Korea he went to work then returned to college to finish his degree in 1967 graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

At age 14 he was employed by the local newspaper in Haskell, The Haskell Free Press, and followed a newspaper career for 20 years.

He was employed as an advertising salesman at the Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, Texas, 1954-56. In 1956, he purchased an interest in a weekly newspaper, the Paducah Post, Paducah, Texas, and was publisher until he sold his interest in 1964. He organized the Paducah Chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and served as the first president. He later served as president of the Paducah Lions Club and was instrumental in organizing the Paducah Chamber of Commerce.

Moving to Austin, Texas, in 1964, he served as public information officer for the Office of Defense and Disaster Relief at the Texas Department of Public Safety, resigning in 1966 to join TALU.

In November 1966, he joined the Texas Association of Life Underwriters (TALU) as Managing Director and was given the title of Executive Vice President by vote of the convention delegates at the 1967 convention of TALU in Dallas.

He had responsibilities that included coordinating the activities of the 8,900 member Texas Association of Life Underwriters, the 600 member Texas Leaders Round Table, and the 600 member Southwest General Agents and Managers Association. He coordinated 20 standing committees of TALU and numerous special committees, maintained membership records, planned meetings and activities of all three state organizations, coordinated state programs with the 37 local associations that make up TALU, provided continuity for the associations’ officers and directors who are volunteers, and served as President of TALU Services, Inc.

He served on several State Board of Insurance Advisory Committees appointed by the Commissioner, including the Continuing Education Advisory Committee and the Committee to draft rules that regulate Third Party Administrators. He has testified on behalf of TALU members before the State Board of Insurance regarding agent regulatory matters and in the Texas Legislature before House and Senate Committees regarding insurance and agent legislative issues.

He is a LUPAC-Texas Ambassador GRANDEE, a LUPAC Tall Texan and served as Secretary-Treasurer for LUPAC-Texas, assisting in determination of candidate contribution process and representing LUPAC at government relations functions and fund-raising events.

In 1976, he was presented the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Texas Leaders Round Table, an honor bestowed on him for outstanding contributions to the life insurances industry in Texas above and beyond the call of duty.

Also in 1976, he was named a recipient of the C. Carney Smith Award, the first time it was ever presented, for the advancement of professionalism in association management, the highest award presented to an association executive by the National Association of Life Underwriters (NALU). He also served a 3 year term on the NALU Association Executive Council, one year as Chairman, and Executive Liaison for the NALU Committee of Associations, Public Relations, State/Company Field Relations and Communications, and the Task Force on National Conventions.

In 1977, he was named Boss of the Year by the Treaty Oaks Chapter of American Business Women’s Association in Austin.

He was a member of the Texas Society of Association Executives and the American Society of Association Executives.

Active in the community, he served, with his wife Doris, as president of Parent-Teacher Associations at elementary, junior high, and high school levels, has served as a precinct chairman for the Democratic Party in Travis County, and served two years as a member of the City Solicitation Committee in Austin. He coached us all in Little League Baseball, Pony Baseball, Colt Baseball, Little League Football, and served as president of the Reagan High School Booster Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents OW and Velma Tooley, his sister Lodena Tooley and his cherished wife Doris Nell (Anderson) Tooley of Rule, Texas. He is survived by daughter Kay Harty and her husband Bill, son Kent Tooley and his partner Cheri Posner, son Kevin Tooley and wife Linda, son Kirk Tooley and wife Lori.

He is also survived by eight grandchildren whom he dearly loved: Becky Harty, Bobbie Harty, Kendal Tooley, Lacy Dyke and husband Justin, Kelli Tooley, Courtney Westbrook and husband Cody, Kasey Tooley and Sergeant Brandon Tooley

And 5 and ½ great grandchildren, Damien, Violet, Olive, Jonah, Elijah and one to be named in a few months.