Louis A. Tolley

Louis A. Tolley, age 57, of Adams, Wisconsin passed away unexpectedly from an on-going illness on January 15, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church in Arkdale, Wisconsin.  Rev. John K. Stake and Pastor Terri Skildum will officiate. Military Honors will presented by the Adams County Honor Guard.  Interment, following cremation will be at the East Arkdale Cemetery at a later date.  Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at Roseberry’s Funeral Home. And again from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Monday.

Louis was born December 15, 1955 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin to Bertie and Barbara (Rathermel) Tolley.

During High school he worked for Lewis Container (Castle Rock) for two years and graduated from Adams-Friendship High School in 1975. He enlisted with the United States Air Force in 1976 and was stationed at McDill AFB in Tampa Florida. While working as Military Police he was on the air force shooting and powerlifting teams for his base. Upon arriving home he returned to his job at Castle Rock.  He married Carol McLaughlin on June 18, 1983.  They were blessed with two children, Sara and Madison.

Louis enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and (golf?), camping, going to car shows and skiing.  He was a jack of all trades living life to its fullest.  He loved helping anyone that needed it whether it was unlocking doors, fixing computers, cooking or fixing things around the house.  Louis was very active in the community, he achieved Eagle Scout honors, coached boys and girls Little League and hockey and was a member of Quincy Masonic Lodge where he achieved Master status.  He was also a member of the Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church, Friends of the Park, A-F Youth Club Sports, Adams County Pistol League and USW Local 131. Louis was a significant part in the running of A-F Floral for over 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Bertie Christian Tolley

Daughter:  Sara (Mark Bertram) Tolley of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
Son:  Madison (Jackie Emmerich) Tolley of Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Mother:  Barbara Tolley of Sparta, Wisconsin
Father:  Bertie (Loretta) Tolley of Nekoosa, Wisconsin
Brother:  Kenneth (Virjean Renner) Tolley of Mauston, Wisconsin
Sister:  Susan Lunzman of Sparta, Wisconsin
Cherished friend:  Carol Tolley of Adams, Wisconsin
further survived by numerous relatives and friends

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  1. Ray and Cheri Witz says:

    We were very sorry to hear of Louie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  2. Jill Reichhoff says:

    Sara, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Len and Carol Mummert says:

    Condolences to all of you. Just hold on to the memories

  4. Aunt Sally says:

    Carol,Madison and Sara. So sorry to hear about Louie, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

  5. Larry Erickson says:

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I had hoped to get back to the Arkdale area this summer to catch up. I only have good memories of Louis! My prayers are with you all.

  6. Gordon and Marie Whitemarsh says:

    We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Louie Tolley, he was a great guy and will be missed! I remember Louie from Roche-A-Cri
    Little League, there was never a dull moment…..Thank you Louie, you won’t be forgotten!! Our prayers are with his family.

  7. Nancy {Lobenstein} Pedersen says:

    Please accept Our Thoughts and Prayers to Louie’s family at this very sad time in your life. Louie had a contagious personality that will be remember by all his friends and family. May you RIP Louie

  8. victoria Bloch (Tori Holsten) says:

    My Family and I are so sorry for your loss I have so many great Memories of louis when I was a child , when I lived across the st from the Tolley family when i was just 3 Yrs old. I would Spend Lots of time with sara, and madison, we would go to sara’s gymnastics practices, and Madison’s Hockey. I was very devastated when i heard the news of the world losing such a great friend so young. You will Always Be remembered Iam so sorry I couldn’t make it today, But my lil guy is sick, but thinking of You and your family all day long.
    Love Tori xoxo

  9. Debbie Allen Eylander says:

    Carol and family,
    The last time I saw Louie was last fall, and true to form, there was that signature smile and wit. I distictly remember our conversation, in fact I have thought about it many times since. And that was what made Louie, Louie …… his ability to make people feel just alittle bit better with just a brief conversation. What a wonderful way to be remembered!
    God Bless

  10. Ron, Lisa & Danielle Allen says:

    Carol, Sara, Madison & extended Tolley family – We are so very sorry for your loss. Louie was an amazing person, he always had a smile and a story to tell. We will never forget him. Now our family’s have another Angel keeping watch over us. Please know that today and in the weeks, months & years ahead you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Hold your precious memories close, they will help get you through the tough times. Love you all – Lisa, Ron & Danielle

  11. Carly and Derik Siedschlag says:

    We want to give our deepest sympathy. We had the chance to get to know your father a little bit with softball, and he seemed like a great man! We had all intentions of coming today, but Derik starts his chemistry class, and he wouldn’t get the chance to go. We just want to say that if you need anything we are here for you guys.

  12. Mark and Cheryl Zaucha says:

    So sorry for your loss. Louie was always a pleasure to be around, we will miss him greatly!

  13. Derek and Krista Pavelec says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you.

  14. Steve and Cathy Holsten says:

    Carol, Sara and Madison,
    You ALL are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.
    Louie was a terrific person with a heart of gold and had the greatest smile which included a twinkle in his eye.
    He will surely be missed by many.
    We are incredibly sorry for your loss.

  15. Doris Collins says:

    To the Tolley family:
    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  16. Gary & Patti (Wesely) Buttner says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I’ll miss that wonderful smile & laugh. My thoughts & prayers go out to you.

  17. karen & Chuck Britnell says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss . Thoughts & prayers are with you . ( Millie Bethke’s Karen )

  18. Dennis Chaffee says:

    Carol and family
    Sad to hear of the loss of Louie. Many memories of our time in grade school. He will be missed.

  19. Larry and Becky Oleson says:

    Tolley Families,
    Words seem inadequate at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  20. Dave & Bert Keller. Janesville,Wi. says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with the Tolley family.

  21. Dave & Bert Keller. Janesville,Wi. says:

    Our thoughts & prayers go out to the Tolley family.

  22. lou Ann Hippe says:

    Carol & Family, Barb, Ken, and Sue, I am so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. My Deepest Sympathy .

  23. Warren & Marie Laquee says:

    Louie was a great guy always a great smile and laugh ,great guy to work with and a great friend, he will be missed greatly
    may you find peace in sharing memories of him

  24. Bill and Sherry Wrench says:

    Sara, so sorry to hear this news about your father. We enjoyed spending time with him on New Year’s Day with you and Mark. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  25. karl solchenberger says:

    You will be missed my friend but you will never be forgotten , My condolences to madison, sarah & carol,

  26. Bob Shaske @ Sally Reise says:

    Louie my friend you were always a joy to be around , you will be greatly missed by everyone that new you God Bless

  27. Peggy Williams says:

    Sorry for your loss, he will be missed.

  28. John R. & Joan Jones says:

    To know Louie was to love him. We will miss his cheerful smile. Our love, prayers and sympathy to each of you, Joan & John

  29. Dennis L Bubla says:

    Final salute to an Air Force Security Police Brother, Those of you who may not know, Louis was part of an elite group of the Air Force- The Air Force Security Police. The motto of Security Forces is the Latin phrase “Defensor Fortis”. The United States Air Force maintains the motto which means “Defenders of the Force” which characterizes the function of Security Police as the Defenders of the Air Force. The literal meaning of the motto translates to “Defender of the Mighty One”. Louis literally had a front line seat to defending our nation and her air bases including ready-warmaking assets around the world. Louis: Your final Guardmount is now dismissed. Thank you for defending our nation’s interests and defending her freedom. Rest in Peace, Brother. Dennis L Bubla, TSgt, USAF, USAF, Retired, Security Police 1981-2001 http://www.afsfc.af.mil/

    “Lord, you have called us to be guardians of a nation founded on Your principles. Whatever our tasks as Security Force men and women, we do them to serve You and our nation. We are proud to accept the responsibility of this high calling. We dedicate ourselves to our vocation, and ask for guidance and courage in aiding our people to live with dignity, in safety and peace. We know true security comes from your presence, so we pray with the Psalmist: You bless those who obey You, Lord; Your love protects them like a shield. Use us, O Lord, as shields for Your people, reflecting Your security and peace.”

  30. Holly says:

    Louie you will be missed! God will bless your family again just like he did the day you were born.

  31. Linda & Gary Landowski says:

    I accepted his FB friendship request with a pounding Migraine. Finding out that Louis wasn’t Louise. When I told my husband. Gary said, well your friendship was meant to be. I could talk cars with Louis, talk about our loving daughters and grand children and he’d talk proudly about his children. Their hobbies.. Etc.. We always hoped to meet at a car show or a event. But now it will have to be in Heaven! I was pleased and truly honored to be his FB friend. My heart, care, Prayers and heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family, loved ones, friends and coworkers. The world has lost a special man. It only proves that God only takes the best.

  32. Lloyd and Pam VanBeek and family says:

    Carol, Madison, and Sara and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Louie’s passing. Our thought’s and prayer’s are with you at this time. I am so
    sorry he was a wonderful friendly man.. He will be missed!!

  33. Mike and Bev Pietrzak and Ashley says:

    So sorry for your loss. Will always think of Louie with that contagious smile! Made eveyone around him smile too. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  34. Gus Hiller says:

    To Louis family, you have my deepest condolences. Louie was a good friend and excellent classmate. I loved his smile and his sense of humor. These will be missed and the world has lost a very special person and he will be missed. Em-brass Gods open arms.

  35. Ariel, Steve, Ally & Stevie Wozniak says:

    There isn’t enough words in world to describe my Uncle Louie he was a Great Uncle, Great Hair Braider, Great Fudge maker, Great Tea Partier, Great homework helper, and probably with the help of my children we could make the list go on forever.
    Sara & Madison I know I don’t need to tell you but you had one of the greatest dads in the world thanks for letting me borrow him when I needed him. I love you guys.

  36. Rev. Terri Skildum says:

    My deepest heartfelt sympathies are with you. May the good Lord grant you comfort as only He can give. On behalf of the congregation in Arkdale, please know the family is in our prayers. Pastor Terri

  37. Donny & Roxie Ratz says:

    Carol and family,

    We are so saddened and sorry to hear of Louie’s death! Our sincerest sympathy and condolences to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  38. Laura Jakel and Amy Pascoe says:

    Sara, Madison and Carol:

    Louis will defiantly be remembered for making people smile and bringing laughter in their lives. When Louis smiled and laughed, you couldn’t help by join in. May you take comfort in knowing he is his spreading that same happiness in heaven.

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We will continue to honor his memories and have you in all our prayers. We love you guys.

  39. Laura Joswick (Button) says:

    Carol, Madison, and Sara, so sorry to hear of your lose. I wasn’t close with the family, but whenever I was around you all made me feel special, especially Louie. There was a time in my life when I needed someone to lean on and he was there for me and made me feel so much better. He will be missed by many and NEVER forgotten. Sending you my sympathies and prayers. Love you all, Laura, Tony, Sierra, and Elizabeth Joswick

  40. Bev Ward says:

    Dear Friends – So sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many. I will miss not seeing him and joking with him when he was on his way to work. Never did get him to stop and help me with the yard. We so enjoyed having him in our neighborhood. You are in my Prayers and thoughts. Bev

  41. Bill and Sherry Wrench says:

    Sara and family, Bill and I are very sorry for the loss of your father and loved one. It was a pleasure meeting him during our recent visit to Wisconsin. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  42. Heather Wolf and Roche-A-Cri State Park Staff says:

    Carol, Madison and Sara,
    We are saddened by the loss of Louie. He was a great friend to the park and will be missed by all of us.

  43. Todd Allard says:

    I worked with Louie at Casltle Rock. He was the first person to teach me the ropes there! Was a GREAT guy and ALWAYS willing to help everyone. Remember going to his garage looking at his cars he would restore. And he always had that smile! He will be deeply missed! Prayers to the family!

  44. Jalisa Jameson says:

    I was shocked to read of Louis’ passing. I didn’t really know Louis so much but grew up going to school with Susan. I am so sorry for your loss, Carol, Sara & Madison & the rest of the family over your loss. Time doesn’t heal the wounds, but it does help the pain ease a bit. We never forget, we just learn how to go on the best we can. My heart goes out to you.

  45. Herman Riese says:

    A true Friend
    Louie & I joined the AIR FORCE 37 years ago ,
    If I remember correctly ,, I think he talked me into it ,….
    Louie got out after 4 years , But I stayed for 20 years ..
    That may have been the best thing anyone has ever done for me .
    Good Bye Airman
    You will be missed

  46. Becky Pease says:

    We are so sorry for your loss and pray for you all during this difficult time! Can not think of a time Louie wasn’t there if needed. Such a great spirit. So many awesome memories of times shared with your family! GOD BLESS.

  47. Pete Murphy says:

    The RockTenn Adams plant (formerly Lewis Container and Castle Rock) lost a valued friend, worker, and co-worker when Louie passed away. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him, especially his infectious smile along with his work ethic. Our condolences go out to the Tolley family. I remember working side by side with Louie when I started at the plant almost 39 years ago, he was always willing to teach and a hard worker. We will miss you Louie!

  48. Mike and Becky Koehn says:

    Sara, Madison and Carol Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Louie will be greatly missed.

  49. Barb (Larson) Dehmlow says:

    To the Tolley family, Chuck and I were very shocked to hear of Louie’s passing. I don’t think there was ever a time I didn’t see a smile on his face. You have our sincerest condolences at this most difficult time and share all the wonderful memories you have together. Our thoughts and prayers to you all.

  50. VELNA WAITE says:

    Carol, Sara and Madison, I’m sorry to hear of your loss, and that it is a loss to many. What a great person, I can just see his big grim andhear his soft chuckle as he makes balloon animals for all the little ones up there, and I’m sure Randy is helping him. God Bless you.

  51. Jim & Lynn Hedlund says:

    What a big shock to hear about Lewie’s passing. Always smiling and a very happy person. He was of great help in Carol Ann’s passing. He will be mjssed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sorry we are unable to attend ( we don’t do snow any more ) or chance of it. We are headed to Texas for our Great grandaughter’s third birthday, then AZ see sister, and Nunamakers. Maybe Lewie is making Carol Ann a baloon dog as we speak.

  52. Betty (Hollman) Timm says:

    I remember Louie as a little boy and he was a delight to be around. He played many hours with my two children.
    Hold on to your memories and share them often.
    You will be in my prayers.

  53. Jodi Helgeson says:

    So sorry to hear of Louie’ s death. Had loads of fun with him on a church backpacking trip back in the 70′ s. He even brought his own liquid butter!

  54. Debby Lent says:

    To Louie’s family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. In reading here, one can see how Louie has touched so many lives; and it is clear he hasn’t changed through the years. Been many years since I’ve seen him, but will never forget his cheery attitude. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  55. Bernie Soley Roggenbauer says:

    The world lost but heaven gained a man who loved his family and had a wonderful sense of humor. God must have needed someone to bring a smile to heaven. He will live forever in the hearts of all of you who loved him.

  56. Pat Holm Jodarski says:

    Our deepest sympathy to your family. Pat Jodarski and Dan Gurin

  57. Diana & Michael Shaske says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tolley family . Diana( chaffee) & Michael Shaske

  58. gayla anderson says:

    So sorry to hear of Louie’s passing , he’s at peace now with the angels.

  59. Teresa Marti says:

    Carol and family my sincere condolences of the loss of your husband and father.

  60. valerie mecklenburg-holland says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  61. JoLynn & Cierra Bakovka says:

    Carol & family,

    Louie is a termendous loss to so many. His smile was contagious and was guaranteed to brighten anyone’s day. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that he is with the Lord.

  62. LaVonne Scott says:

    The Tolley Families- we will all miss Louie’s happy smiling face -My heartfelt sympathy to all of you,.

  63. Denise Kuchynka & Ray Hansen says:

    Carol, Sara, & Madison
    My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. Louie was a wonderful man & great neighbor. I will always remember him calling me “FiFi”!! Although he will be sadly missed, you can go on knowing that he is up in Heaven making someone laugh. I am here if you ever need someone. Louie is truely an Angel among us.

  64. Dorothy Brennecke says:

    Carol and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Louie was a great guy, always had a smile on his face. Keep those memories close. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  65. Sue Anderson says:

    Carol, Sara and Madison,

    He was a great guy. Always so cheerful. Keep your memories close. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  66. Dale Jefferson says:

    Carol and Family please accept our deepest sympathys on your loss . I have known Louie for over 50 years as a good friend.. I’ll
    never forget him and his wonderfull smile. GODS blissing on all of you always. Dale & Judy

  67. Will and Trish Young says:

    We will miss you Louis! We always enjoyed visiting with you in Grand Forks and Wisconsin, talking about the Badger-Sioux hockey rivalry and stuff. Trish will miss you on Facebook. You left behind a great family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  68. Laurie Golden says:

    My deepest sympathies to Sara, Madison, and Carol. Louie was a great guy and we have very fond memories of him making ballloon animals at the bar for our kids and telling one joke after another. He will be missed.

  69. Larry & Evelyn Johnston(York) says:

    To Louie’s Family, I had alot of good times & fun with Louie. He was a great friend with a big heart. May the Lord give you His Peace. God’s Blessing to all.

  70. Lynn Hendricks says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Louis’s passing. Please accept my deepest condolences..

  71. Mona and Harp Lewis says:

    We are very sorry to hear of Louie’s passing. God bless his family during this difficult time.

  72. Jim & Sally Dummitt says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to all of the family. He was a great guy and always had a smile.

  73. Bob and Janis Cada says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time.

  74. Kathy and Jon Cappel says:

    Sorry to hear about Louie. We loved his upbeat attitude and friendliness. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.

  75. Bob Grabarski says:

    His smile was contagious, what a great guy. We sympathize with your loss. Bob & Alet

  76. Janis Rhinehart says:

    Sorry to hear of you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God grant you peace.

  77. Hans & Dorothy Menck says:

    As good guys – Louie was a 10! He will be deeply missed. We were lucky to have him for a neighbor and has been a friend forever! Keep him close in your hearts. God be with all of you.

  78. Brittnie Raymer says:

    This wonderful man will be missed by so many. Someone once asked me, “if you could pick flowers to send to God, which ones would you send?” Only the best, and he sure is one of the best!

  79. kori nawrot says:

    Sara, Madison, and Carol,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you
    during this difficult time. I’m so sorry for you loss.

  80. DeeDee (Brennecke) Heath says:

    Carol and family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. May God comfort and be with you during this difficult time. Fond memories will remain in your hearts forever.

  81. Elana Ackley says:

    Barb, Susie, Kenny, Renne….. You have my most sincere condolences. Louie will always be with you in a memory, a laugh, a joke, or a breeze. He will remain in your hearts forever.

  82. Lori Henthorne says:

    Carol, Sara, Madison,
    Oh, the memories that Eldon & I have of your dad Louie, they are some of the best. Louie was a great guy and knew how to have fun. I will miss seeing his generous smile and balloon creations. Please know that we are thinking and praying for you. I pray that God will grant you his love and peace. Lori

  83. Jim and Ardy Olson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Carol, Madison, and Sarah.

  84. Katie says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tolley family. The rock will not be the same without Louie!
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Kurt & Katie

  85. roz Jensen says:

    our thoughts and prayers are with the family Gary, Roz, Dan, Ethan Jensen

  86. samantha turnmire aka tolley says:

    am not a conformist so screwy louis please make the best of your time now….am product of my parents that were great friend with you at times…… love you lots and gonna miss you much…. love always and god bless!!!!!

  87. Elaine Stecker-Kochanski says:

    How wonderful to have had a good man for husband and father, and how terribly sad that his life is over.

  88. Don Soppe says:

    Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  89. Jean Olson Doutt says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Louie’s passing.. How sad. So very hard to believe. My thoughts and prayers are with you all..

  90. April Roller says:

    Coach Louie you will be missed. My thoughts go out to all his family and friends.

  91. Owen Riese says:

    My prayers and condolences to Carol, Madison and Sarah. Cherish your memories, and celebrate his life, like he would have wanted.

  92. Don and Karen Hartwig Rathke says:

    Don and I are so sorry for your loss. Our Deepest Sympathy to the families. Louie was one heck of a guy. He shall be missed by many.

  93. Lori Ward says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  94. Wendy and Steve Wenzel says:

    Such a wonderful person is now in the arms of the angels..He will be missed so much. Such a sense of humor…and more. Rest in peace dear friend….The family is and will be in my prayers; hold each other tight and remember the good as those are will get you through. God Bless

  95. Loren Lecy and Peggy Henriksen says:

    Hold each other close for comfort and share memories of Louie. May God, family and friends comfort you during this difficult time. heaven received an angel.