W. LaVerne Tolle, 81, of Roxbury, passed away April 12, 2013.

W. LaVerne Tolle, 81, of Roxbury, passed away April 12, 2013.

He was born July 1, 1931, the son of George and Delia (Anderson) Tolle on the family farm in Roxbury.

He worked as a farmer, and was employed by White Hawk Oil Field and CertainTeed.  

LaVerne was united in marriage on June 4, 1950, to Mildred “Peggy” Reese. She passed away Oct. 4, 1990. On March 7, 1992, LaVerne married Elfie Alice Bowen Messenger. She passed away June 9, 2009.

He also was preceded in death by a son, Larry LaVerne Tolle, and sisters: Rosalyn Florine and Marilyn Sales.

LaVerne leaves behind many loved ones, including son, Jay Tolle (Roxanne) of Salina, daughters: Nancy Westblade (Willard) of Evergreen, Colo., Sharla Biegert (Randy) of Lindsborg, Kayla Johnson (Lee) of Galva, LeAnna DeWitt (Tom) of Lindsborg, foster-daughters: Valarie Downs (Don) of Inman and Jewel Whiteley (Steven) of Salina, step-sons: Myron Messenger (Sheryl) of McPherson, and Roger Messenger (Barbara) of Moundridge, brothers: Galen Tolle of Roxbury, and Roland Tolle (Ardyth) of Buhler, sister, Lucille Becker (Don) of Longmont, Colo., 14 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at Christians Funeral Home, Lindsborg.  

A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Roxbury United Parish. Private family burial will be held at Valley View Cemetery, Roxbury.

Memorials may be designated for the Smoky Valley Education Foundation for athletic programs in care of Christians Funeral Home 103 N. Washington, PO Box 386, Lindsborg, KS 67456.

Online condolences at www.ChristiansFuneralHome.com.