TOIVANEN 1919- 2007 Raymond Michael Toivanen, loving Father of Janie Toivanen of Vancouver, BC and Scott Toivanen of Red Deer, passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Thursday, September 27, 2007 at the age of 88 years. Born and raised in Eckville, Ray joined the R.C.A.F in 1942 and became a pilot, serving in the Armed Forces until 1945. He married Irene Erickson of Stettler in 1950. Employed by the C.A.D.P. throughout Central Alberta, eventually residing in Red Deer with Alpha Milk as a Manger, Ray was known for his strong work ethic and respect for those around him. Many years were devoted to the community as a Lieutenant with the Canadian Army (Militia) in the Reserved Forces as well as working with the Air Cadets both in Red Deer and Wainwright. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 35. Most of all Ray loved to fly. He was happiest going for “a flip” in his plane. It was his passion in life, enthusiastically shared by his family, with echoes of “I have control, Sir!” His heart was as big and wide open as the skies and his sense of humour as enduring. Ray was predeceased by his wife and co-pilot in life, Rene, in 2006, as well as four brothers and sisters. His priority in life has always been his family. He will be held lovingly in our hearts forever by, his daughter, Janie, son, Scott (Judi) Toivanen, sister, Dorothy Forhan, grandson Josh, great grandson Keegan and many friends and family. A Celebration of Ray's Life will be held at Gaetz Memorial United Church, 4758 Ross Street, Red Deer, on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Doctor Fran Hare officiating. If desired Memorial Donations in Ray's honour may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 6, 5015-48 Street, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 1S9 or to the Parkinson's Society of Alberta, Room 3Y18, Edmonton General, 11111 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 0L4. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at Service and Cremation Providers: EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPELS 4820 – 45th Street, Red Deer. Phone 347-2222.

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