Patrick Toms, age 78, former resident of Uniontown, Kan., died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at the Wathena Health Care in Wathena, Kan. He was born June 4, 1933, in Mindenmines, Mo., the son of James Edwin Toms and Ruth Florence Paullin Toms.
He was a graduate of Mulberry High School. Patrick served two different branches of the service, first with the United States Navy from 1951-1953 and with the Air Force from 1954 to 1963. He married Janiece Moore on May 16, 1954. Patrick was retired as a bus driver with the U-235 School System at Uniontown. He loved driving the school bus and loved the children who rode. He was an avid fisherman who spent every moment he could on or near the water. He was also known for cooking his catch in his own secret recipe for the batter coating. He was a member of the Church of Christ, 15th and Crawford Streets, and the "Comet Club," a camping club where Pat and Janiece enjoyed their fifth wheel trailer for several years.
Survivors include his wife, Janiece, of Wathena; one daughter, Mary Gail Malone and husband Mike, St. Joseph, Mo.; three sons, Timothy P. Toms and wife Shelly, Kechi, Kan., James L. Toms and wife Jennifer, Independence, Kan., and David W. Toms, Topeka, Kan. Also surviving are two brothers, Gordon Toms, Overland Park, Kan., and John L. Toms, Mulberry, Kan.; two sisters, Joan Smoot, Haysville, Kan., and Carolyn Newell, Spring Hill, Kan.; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and his mother-in-law, Mary Gertrude Moore, Fort Scott. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Edwin Toms; three sisters, Lois Odle, Genevieve Scroggs and Margaret Cole, and his father-in-law, Timothy Moore.
Pastor Mike Chipman assisted by Chaplain James R. Stradley will conduct graveside services at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in the U.S. National Cemetery. Friends and family may meet at the Cheney Witt Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Military honors will be by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to a Patrick Toms Memorial Fund and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.