1953-2012

Alex Toms, 58, of Carroll, died peacefully, Sunday, March 4, 2012, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll surrounded by his family.

Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll.

Celebrant will be Father Timothy Johnson.  

Pianist for the Mass will be Jake Gute, with Katelyn Renze as soloist.  

Violinist will be Tyler Badding.  

Lectors will be Linda Kueper and Deanna Schoessler.  

Gift bearers will be: Conrad Toms, Nolan Toms and Lindsay Toms–Kastle.  

Eucharistic ministers will be Shirley Fasbender, Judy Spear and Pat Bass.  

Honorary casket bearers will be the employees of Juergens Produce and Feed.  

Casket bearers will be Joe Kueper, Don Fasbender, Darrell Spear, Rick Keat, Gary Forke, Connie (Conrad) Schoessler, Brad Woodward and Doug Bass.  

Private family graveside services will be held at a later date.  

Military honors will be conducted at the church by the Carroll American Legion.

Friends may call at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a Christian wake service by Holy Spirit Parish at 7 p.m.  The casket will be moved to Holy Spirit Church at 9 a.m. Thursday when visitation will resume.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Alex’s family at http://www.sharpfuneral.com.

Born Sept. 19, 1953, at Carroll, Alexander Douglas Toms was a son of Jim and Sheryl (Griffin) Toms.  Alex grew up in Carroll and attended Carroll Community Schools.  In May 1971 Alex enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corps and was honorably discharged in November 1976.  

He married Gayle Juergens on Oct. 23, 1976, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll.  

For the past 35 years, Alex was employed at Juergens Produce and Feed, where he was a dedicated addition to the team of employees.

When he discovered the game of golf it became his favorite way to enjoy the outdoors.  Alex loved playing golf each week with his friends, and particularly enjoyed exploring new courses around Iowa.  He worked hard on his lawn and took great pride making sure it was always perfectly manicured.  Alex was always ready to lend a helping hand to a friend who needed help with a project.  Most of all, he loved his family and took great joy in spending time with his grandsons, especially going swimming and playing games with them.

Alex is survived by his wife of 35 years, Gayle Toms of Carroll; his children: Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Toms and his wife, Stephanie of Winchester, Calif., Mark Toms and his wife Katie of Carroll, and Summer Ney and her husband, Adam of Rosemount, Minn.; three grandchildren: Conrad, Nolan and Landon Toms, and one future grandchild; his father Jim Toms and his wife Vickie of Lake View; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Shirley (Don) Fasbender of St. Louis, Judy (Darrell) Spear of Ames, Linda (Joe) Kueper of Papillion, Neb., and Ron (Betty) Juergens of Carroll; as well as other relatives and many friends.

Alex was preceded in death by his mother Sheryl Ladehoff, his brother Jerry Toms, and his parents-in-law, Vernis and Wanda Juergens.