Posted on Thu, Jan 2, 2014
Funeral at St. Bride - Monday, January 6, 2014
Tyrone X. Toefield
March 15, 1942 – December 25, 2013
Wake: Sunday, January 5, 2014 3:00pm-5:00pm
A.A. Rayner & Sons
318 E. 71st
Chicago, Illinois 60619
Funeral: Monday, January 6, 2014
St. Bride Catholic Church
7801 S. Coles Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60649
Internment: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
Military Honors: 1:00pm
Repast: St. Bride Catholic Church
7801 S. Coles Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60649
Officiant: Father Robert Roll
Tyrone Xavier Toefield, the only son of Lurtha Ransom and Charles Toefield, was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 15, 1942. He attended St. Malachy and St. Elizabeth Elementary School and graduated from Corpus Christi High School. Tyrone accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and was very active in church activities, including The Knights of Columbus and, The Knights of Peter Claver #249.
During his high school years, Tyrone was a tireless worker. He would sell anything from general merchandise to Christmas trees. He held multiple jobs on the south side of Chicago at businesses including Better Radio & TV Repair, and Simmons Radio & Television. Tyrone’s parents separated during his teenage years and Isabel and Frank Simmons, the owners of Simmons Radio & TV, took Tyrone in as their own.
Upon his graduation, Tyrone enlisted in the United States Army, and was stationed at the Hakata Station Military Base in Fukuoka, Japan. Equipped with his talent for technology, he was a communication specialist and was a master at Morse Code communications. Tyrone was eventually promoted to a Staff Sergeant (SSGT) based on his discipline and talents. During his tour of duty in Japan, he enrolled at the Kyushu University, and earned a Language Specialist degree. As a faithful serviceman, Tyrone earned National Defense Service and Good Conduct medals, and was even recognized by the Fukuoka Police Department for his bravery.
While stationed in Japan, Tyrone met Kiyoko Toyofuku. They married on May 27, 1968 in Fukuoka, Japan and had two children; Maria Rumi Toefield and Yuji Tyrone Toefield.
Upon his return to the United States, Tyrone enrolled in the Veterans in Public Service Program (VIPS) at Chicago State University, and earned his degree in Education with a specialization in Electronics, Drafting and Math. He also received training from the Illinois Burglar and Fire Alarm Institute and founded Better Alarms Security and Monitoring Company. He worked for 32 years at Chicago Public Schools, teaching at Westinghouse, Orr, Dawson Technical Institute, Washburne Trade School, Industrial Skill Center, Juarez and Dunbar Vocational High School. After his extensive career where he educated and empowered the next generation of leaders with their talents, Tyrone retired from Chicago Public Schools in 2000. Tyrone made an impressive impact on hundreds of students throughout his career with his classroom humor and often non-traditional, yet effective, teaching methods. He even offered students employment within his alarm company as motivation to graduate and further their education.
After his retirement from CPS, Tyrone worked for Pure Power as a Generator Technician. He also developed a natural talent for computers and started his own information technology and repair business. A true educator at heart, when his students had technical and various computer issues, he would not charge for his services as long as they were actively pursuing a college degree.
Tyrone was a lover of music and found solstice in listening to WBBM news radio to keep up with daily events. He particularly enjoyed jazz, blues, comedy, various movies and watching daytime television. He loved eating at various restaurants around Chicago, and knew how to navigate the city with his eyes closed.
Tyrone passed away quietly in the comfort of his home on Christmas Day 2013 after a yearlong battle with cancer; he did not exhibit any pain as he made his transition.
Tyrone leaves behind to cherish his memories a faithful wife of 45 years, Kiyoko; daughter, Maria (James); son, Yuji (Yolanda); sister, Frankie; and cousin, Gwendolyn Moreland of Woodinville, Washington; six grandchildren: Xavier, Akina, Michael, Thomas, Ishmil, and Ty; and one great-grandchild, Ariana; two nieces, Tara Rutland (Louis) and Tasi Tillman; two nephews, Kiyon and Gebrian; three great-nieces: Jourdan, Dilan and Taryn; and special former students: Greg Williams, John Young and Albert Ballard.
In Heaven, he will join his parents, and adoptive parents; two sisters, Tondalayo Tillman and Portia Coumpy; two brothers-in-law, Tyrone Tillman and Brian Dixon.
The family of Tyrone X. Toefield would like to thank you for your support during our time of bereavement. Whether you came by the house, called, thought of us or even said a silent prayer, we truly appreciate your acts of kindness. Tyrone impacted our lives in many different ways and we ask that you always remember the good times you had with him.
Please continue keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.
The Toefield Family
Viewing at 10 AM and Funeral Mass at 11 AM at St. Bride.
Arrangements by A.A. Rayner and Sons
318 E. 71st Street Chicago, IL 60619 773-846-6133