Joseph Toelle

Died: Thu., Feb. 5, 2015


Memorial Service

2:00 PM Thu., Feb. 12, 2015
Location: Harney County Fair Ground Memorial Building


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Joseph Toelle, 30 of Burns died suddenly on Thursday, February 5, 2015.  A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Harney County Fairgrounds Memorial Building.  A private family burial will be held on Friday.  Contributions in Joe Toelle’s memory can be made to the Toelle boys college fund, checks can be made out to Autumn Toelle and sent to LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488; Burns, Oregon.

Joe Toelle, 30, passed away suddenly of unknown natural causes on Thursday, Feb. 5, in Burns.

Joseph Harold Toelle was born Sept. 20, 1984, in Burns to John and Connie Toelle. Less than 14 months later, Joe was joined by brother John Robert (J.R.) Toelle, and the two would become extraordinary best friends.

Growing up in Harney County, Joe loved to spend time on his grandparents’ ranch, often playing with his brother and cousins. He also helped build fence, move cows, and whatever else he could to help his grandparents. He particularly looked forward to brandings and always strived to be as good at roping as his Grandpa Don. Other area ranchers often invited Joe to their brandings, as good ropers are always in demand. He also loved hunting and was always looking for new opportunities. He was planning a hunting trip to Alaska with his good friend, Brian, that was to occur in the summer of 2015. Joe also enjoyed playing football in high school and watching both college and professional games. He was a loyal fan to both Oregon State and the Kansas City Chiefs, despite some unfortunately rough years.

In 2000, Joe was chosen to play basketball in England with Northwest Basketball Camps. He worked several jobs to pay his way and make it happen. Joe always liked to earn his own way. He was always willing to help others and rarely asked for help himself. Joe never sweated the small stuff and was most comfortable in a pair of Wranglers.

Joe graduated with honors from Burns High School in 2003. Following graduation, Joe got hired as a seasonal wildland firefighter with the BLM. He spent many summers working with the fire crew to help put himself through college. He had many friends there, and he really enjoyed the camaraderie they shared. In the spring of 2004, Joe started attending Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, where he graduated with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology in the spring of 2009. He returned to Burns for one more summer as a firefighter before he began working as an engineering technician at the BLM in Burns. While his college training only provided a base for the type of work he would be doing with the BLM, he jumped in with both feet and quickly learned how to do the job, and do it well. He became a much respected engineer within both the Burns District BLM and the state.

In spring 2004, Joe met the love of his life, Autumn Richardson, at a wedding in Bend. During their several years of a long-distance romance, the couple would talk every night, except on rare occasions when Joe was on a fire and was unable to call. When they were together, Joe, always the gentleman, made it a habit to always open doors for her. On Feb. 14, 2009, Joe proposed and was accepted, and they were married in Burns Sept. 5, 2009.

They made their home just outside of Burns, and Joe always had at least one project going on. If he was unsure about how to do something, he would research it until he was confident he could do it. Joe excelled at construction, woodworking, roping, hunting, working on trucks, remodeling, and many other things, often working on these projects with his wife. He made many improvements to the family’s house, turning it into the home of their dreams and making it ready for their family. He had looked forward to rebuilding an old Chevrolet truck with his sons when they were older. He would always give 150 percent, and loved to see his ideas turn into reality.

On Feb. 17, 2012, the couple welcomed their first son into their home, Cody Donald Toelle. From that moment, Joe was a devoted and loving father who cherished his family. He loved to spend time playing with Cody. No matter what Joe had going on, he always tried to be home in time to put Cody in his pajamas, give him his milk, tuck him in, and read him his bedtime stories.

Just when Joe did not think he could be any happier or more proud of his family, on Jan. 23, 2015, Joe and Autumn welcomed their second son into the world, Wade Allen Toelle.  Joe told many people that he had never been happier, and it was clear how much he loved and adored his family. During the two weeks Joe spent with Wade, he loved nothing more than to just hold and look at him. He couldn’t wait until Wade was old enough that he could make him smile and laugh. The last few weeks of his life were spent doing little but loving and showing off his family.

Joe is survived by his wife, Autumn; sons, Cody, 3, and Wade, 2 weeks; parents, John Toelle of Burns, and Connie and Jim Karns of Chehalis, Wash.; brother, J.R.; grandparents, Don Toelle of Burns and Liz Moles of John Day; uncles and aunts, Dave and Toni, Leigh, Carol, Bob, David, and Donald; and numerous cousins, extended family members, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Shirley Toelle; and grandfathers, David and Raymond Moles.

Joe was an amazing husband, father, son, brother, grandson, and friend. He lived his life with no regrets and will always be loved and remembered

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