Long time Silverton resident Vincent W. Tookey died in Dallas Texas on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. He was 93.
On Feb. 6, 1919, Vincent was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Mildred and George Tookey. He graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1936 and then went on to business school. Vincent first came to Silverton by bus over Red Mountain Pass during a snow storm. He had been hired to work for the Shenadoah Dives Mining Co. His first thought was to get back on the bus and go back to Grand Junction. Instead he decided to stay and On June 6, 1942 “eloped” to Ouray to marry Caroline F. Pearson his wife of 62 years.
Vincent served in the Army from 1944 to 1946. Vincent had a varied career including working at the Shenandoah Dives commissary, purchasing agent for Standard Metal, bookkeeper for the Circle Route Garage, and maintenance for the Silverton Public Schools and was elected to serve as the San Juan County Assessor.
Vincent also fulfilled his civic responsibilities by serving two terms as a Trustee on the Silverton Town Board and then serving a term as mayor from 1972-1976.
Vincent worked hard to provide for his family, often working two jobs. He enjoyed traveling, and Vince and Caroline delighted in taking their children and later their grandchildren on the annual family vacation that usually included a stop at Disneyland.
Vincent was preceded in death by wife, Caroline, and two of their sons, George and Charles.
He is survived by his children Caroline and Ken Hamacher, Cindy Willis, William and Chris Tookey, James Tookey, Richard and Kelly Tookey and Timothy and Pam Tookey; his grandchildren Randy and Robert Hamacher, Charles Tookey, Kari Jewett, Cassandra Peacock, Kimberly Kline, Cristie Bays, Stacy Barnes, Brandy Tookey, Quinn and Collin Tookey, Jeremy and Bryon Tookey and his great-grandchildren Kendall, Kaitlan, Benjamin, Bethany, Seth, Michael, Anika, Andrew, Allison, Avery, Camryn, Ryan, Aiden and Addison.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Word of Life Fellowship.
Pastor Jim Greenfield will officiate. Burial will occur at the Hillside Cemetery in Silverton.