Thursday, October 27, 2016

Col. William C. Toole 1932-2016

My heart is heavy in writing this post.  My Marine has gone to be with the Lord.  He suffered quite a bit the last two months so I am glad that part is over, but I'm missing him terribly.  On October 15, 2016 he succumbed to double pneumonia at the age of 83, just four days short of his 84th birthday.  This photo is with Cheney at the 2015 Devil Pup graduation at Camp Pendleton.  

Col. Toole brought the Devil Pup program to Southern Utah when we retired here.  The first shipment of pups to Camp Pendleton was summer of 2007.  This program was Col. Toole's passion.  He was so proud of each and every one of "his" pups.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

2016 Awards Night

More photos will be posted soon in a photo album but I wanted to share this special photo today. Click on photo to enlarge.

Click HERE for the St. George News story!
 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Awards Night Practice

Devil Pups - practice at Southern Utah Veterans Home at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night - Thursday, September 22.  Just a few minutes to go over the program.  

Please arrive a few minutes early on Friday night (doors open at 6:00, so Sgt. Lewis suggests 5:30) to set up tables and maybe run thru it one more time.  I will chat with Debra Clark Rozema and Les Covey about the layout of the tables to accommodate the Color Guard down the center, plus a "head table" for the Devil Pup, Inc. personnel which should be on the side closest to the door to accommodate Col. Toole coming in at 7:00 (possibly in a wheelchair).  There will need to be a catering set up plus a cake and ice cream table.  SUVH personnel will be available to assist if more tables/chairs are needed.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Awards Night Practice

2016 Devil Pups.  Sgt. Lewis is calling for a couple rehearsals for Awards Night (which will be Sept. 23 at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins).  He is available the next two Thursdays.  A time and place will be settled soon but pencil in the next two Thursdays to go over the procedure for this special evening.  We will update you on time and place.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2016 Devil Pup Awards Night

2015 Graduates at Awards Night

Please remember our Devil Pup Awards Night program on Friday evening, September 23rd.  This year it will be held at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins, where Col. Toole is currently residing.  We will have food catered by Brick Oven in the Multi-Purpose Room, where we will also have an award ceremony for Col. Toole as he retires from Devil Pups.  Rich Linsday, President of Devil Pups, Inc. and  Col. Ray Blum, Devil Pups trustee and past Encampment Commander, both long time friends of Col. Toole, will attend, as will Heather Ham, Devil Pups, Inc. coordinator.  We are looking forward to honoring our seven new graduates and celebrating Col. Toole’s nearly 40 years of volunteer service to the Devil Pup program.

Doors open at 6:00, food at 6:30, program to begin at 7:00.  Please be aware that Col. Toole has had a couple small strokes and is suffering from dementia.  He may be overwhelmed by this evening - a program that he’s poured his heart and soul into for so many years.  I will bring him to the event at 7:00 for the program.

Devil Pups:  Wear your Devil Pup uniform as above in the photo.

Please send me an e-mail if you plan to attend, letting me know how many will be in your party.  I want to make sure you don’t leave hungry.  Thanks to all of you - let me know if you have questions.

Donna Toole
SoUtah Devil Pup Coordinator
dtoole (at) sunrivertoday (dot) com (you know how to correct this)