Homer Art Tohill, the son of Kenneth and Mildred (Baxter) Chesley, was born February 22, 1938, in San Diego, California. He attended Phineas Banning High School in Long Beach, California, graduating in 1956, and later earned a Psychiatric Technician degree in Highland, California.
On August 5, 1961, Art was united in marriage to Geraldine “Gerry” Gedling in Las Vegas, Nevada. They became the parents of three children, Tamara and Kenneth and stepson Glenn.
Art was employed as a Psychiatric Tech for the State of California in San Bernardino, then as a Correctional Officer and Deputy Sheriff for the California Department of Corrections. He later ran a management company, and was the Supervisor and Engineer for a 20-apartment complex. Art was then employed by Boeing Aircraft in Fort Irwin, California, as a maintenance engineering tech, and finally was Director of Facilities Maintenance and Operations, for the Silver Valley School District, in Newberry Springs, California, retiring in 1988.
For three years before and after their move to Tarkio, Art was employed by Renzenberger Inc. as Western Coordinator and Supervisor. He was responsible for moving railroad crews throughout California, Oregon and Washington states and established the routes and locations of all coordinating sites. He loved this job and excelled, efficiently moving employees to their predetermined destinations on time. Art and Gerry moved to Tarkio in 1992 where they lived to the present time. Art passed away Thursday, October 24, 2019, at Nebraska Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 81 years.
Art was a member of the Slo-Rollers Car Club and had numerous affiliations in California.
Besides his parents, Art was preceded in death by son, Kenneth Tohill. Survivors include wife, Gerry Tohill, Tarkio; daughter, Tamara Kennedy, Buffalo, New York; stepson, Glenn Stroh, San Bernardino, California; grandchildren, Daniel Ross Tohill, Oregon state, and Jonathon Troy Tohill and Heidi Annora Tohill, both of Colorado; stepgrandchildren, Chase Montgomery, California, and Donna Fay Grant, Utah; numerous great-grandchildren; and two sisters.
A Celebration of Life family visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, November 17, 2019, at Tarkio Resource Center, Tarkio, Missouri. A private family inurnment will be held at Home Cemetery, Tarkio. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Fairfax Community Hospital Auxiliary. Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com.