Burt Toone

Burt Toone, 79, of Raymore, Missouri passed away on April 21st , after an extended illness. Burt was married to Teresa VanBecelaere in 1966. He remarried to Tisha Trembly in 1999.

He was preceded in death by his father James Ann Toone and mother Janey Hugh Lawrence and stepmother Jean Ann Toone. He is survived by Tisha Trembly Toone, Teresa Toone; children Jim & Rachelle Toone (son), Brian Toone (son) & Abby Steffen, Stephanie Toone (daughter), Matthew Holevinski (stepson) & Christina Petree & 10 lovely grandchildren; Kayden Toone, Andrew Toone, Jenna Toone, Jorri Toone, Bekah Toone, Matilyn Toone, Ethan Garrison, Emma Garrison, Evan Garrison and Grayson Toone and brothers and sisters; Thomas R. Stephenson and Sammie Pegg Stephenson, Jan Maurie Freeman Scheuer, James Rarick Toone and Nan Toone, Ritchey Mack Freeman and Ila Freeman, and Toney Patrick Freeman and Carolyn West Freeman.

Burt was born on August 13, 1943, in Erie, Pennsylvania to James A. Toone and Janey Hugh Toone. He grew up in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Graduated from Ruskin High School in 1961. He enlisted in the US Army in 1964, serving one year in Korea. Burt pursued an Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He loved to brag, about the fact, that if done right you could get two Associate’s and one Bachelor’s degree from one Montgomery GI Bill. His educational endeavors were a testament to this.

He loved his challenging career as a Cobol programmer for utility companies, to include Phillips Petroleum, KPL, Western Resources, until merging with Oklahoma Natural Gas where he retired.

While enjoying his retirement in Topeka, Kansas he would treat you to a trip to the World-Famous Topeka Zoo. Then it would be off to the public library, museum, and coffee shop for food, music and ice cream. He was a humble man, that loved a good minivan and always had two. If you talked to him long enough, he could have you believing you needed one too.

Burt was the kindest man that has ever been. He was One with the cosmos, he wanted everyone around him to know love and kindness. His favorite expression was to just “have fun”, no matter what the universe threw your way. To know Burty was to know Joy, he was with us for more than two billion, five hundred and fourteen million, seven hundred and fifty-eight thousand seconds, and he always made each and every single one special. His encouragement, compassion, kindness, and caring were always unyielding. He was devoted to being infinitely patient with everyone and everything. He was constantly curious about those around him, while always making you feel like you were the center of his universe. His Love for everything will be sorely missed.

“In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there, and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Family invites friends to graveside services Saturday April 29, 2023, at 1:00 PM, at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City with a celebration of life immediately following at Kelli’s 331 Forever, Raymore, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Wayside Waifs. Donate Here

And as Burt would say – Go with Love!!

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  1. Lonnie & Reba Heath on April 27, 2023 at 11:44 am

    So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers

  2. Sandi and Dan Garrison on April 28, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    Burt was a wonderful person. He deeply loved his whole family. He had an incredible smile and always made you feel welcome when you were in the room.

    He will be deeply missed, but do know that if you knew him, he was full of good karma and loved what he had done and always willing to share goodness where he could.

  3. Ruthie Weil on April 29, 2023 at 11:23 pm

    Tisha, I am so sorry for your loss. I never met Burt, but I remember how you spoke of him when you were at Stor-Mor. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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