James Toivonen passed away August 6, 2012.
He was born on July 16, 1952, to William and
Dolores (King) Toivonen.
Jim grew up in Virginia, Duluth, and Cottage
Grove, MN. Jim was a member of our armed
services, serving proudly as a Marine. After the
service, he worked for Delta Airlines, moving
from the Denver area back to Minnesota, and then
out to Salt Lake City, UT, where his children were
raised. The call of the beautiful Northland was so
strong for Jim, he moved back to “God’s country”,
as he called it, several years ago. He loved being
outdoors. He was known for enjoying a good cup
of coffee on the back deck of his house, even in the
winter, barefoot. He mused quite often, “If they
ever put up a stop light in Tower, I’m moving to
Sudan!” Jim was such a good natured, fun-loving
human being, he was also known for his big belly
laugh...sometimes at his own jokes...that’s ok, we
loved him for it. A bigger fan of the Vikings you
have never seen, always holding out hope, that one
day, they’ll do it! His Native American heritage (a
member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa) was
very important to Jim, embracing it, long before
it was “cool” to. But the absolute love of his life,
were his children and grandchildren. He adored
them, and would tell stories of them every time
you spoke to him.
Jim is survived by his parents, William and
Dolores of Aurora, MN, a brother George (Shari)
Toivonen of Babbitt, MN, and a sister Lauri (Bob)
Sieben of Eau Claire, WI. His son, Paul (Stephanie)
Toivonen of Roy, UT and daughter Nikole (TJ)
Underwood of Bountiful, UT. 6 grandchildren,
Braden, Dominique, Alexia, Tehya, Alex and
Grace. Countless nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts,
uncles, and friends.
A celebration of Jim’s life was held August
14th, at Bauman-Cron Funeral Home Chapel in
Virginia. Pastor Nathan Sager officiated. Military honors were observed.