Talk given by John O. Tolman at William’s Funeral

Talk given by John O. Tolman at William’s Funeral

(Talk given by John O. Tolman at William’s funeral). This is the hardest assignment my Dad ever gave me. I told my brothers and sisters many times they had it easy growing up because I was the oldest and Dad did all the experimenting on me; by the time they came...
Talk given by Alfred L. Pace III at William’s Funeral Service

Talk given by Alfred L. Pace III at William’s Funeral Service

(Talk given by Alfred L. Pace III at William’s funeral service). My wife didn’t tell you that until she was eight she thought that William Odell Tolman was the president of the Church. She really thought when she saw him conduct church meetings as bishop...
A Loving Husband and Father

A Loving Husband and Father

(Note: A special thought from William Tolman’s daughter, Loretta Tolman Thuesen, “One thing I remember about dad is when he said the family prayer, I was afraid to open my eyes because I was sure the Savior would be standing there. I never could figure out why I...
My Father was a Gentle Giant

My Father was a Gentle Giant

(Written by Michael William Tolman about his father, William Odell Tolman). The love my father had for my mother and his family was always there no matter what was going on in his life. As long as I can remember there was love in our home. My father was always kissing...
William Odell Tolman’s Eulogy

William Odell Tolman’s Eulogy

(Eulogy given by Shirlene Tolman at his funeral on 27 September 1980). Father loved each one of you and I know he would want me to express his appreciation for your friendship and for your kindness to his family at this time. The program today was suggested by Father...
William Odell’s Remarks at His Retirement

William Odell’s Remarks at His Retirement

A Closing Testimony recorded at the time of William’s retirement in 1975. I express sincere appreciation to my five brothers and five sisters for all they have done for me. They are a continuing source of inspiration and example. My three sons and four daughters...
An Experience of Inspiration

An Experience of Inspiration

Recorded in the 31st Ward newsletter, The Voice of the Thirty First Ward, William wrote under the title, An Experience of Inspiration, My Dear Brothers and Sisters: I would like you to know that it is my testimony to you that great satisfaction and inspiration can...
William Odell Tolman the Genealogist

William Odell Tolman the Genealogist

In 1930, William wrote on the inside cover of his missionary journal, “My life work if God wills – Scouting – helping boys, helping girls, helping others, those who need help.” He also listed under the heading “‘Important,’ 32...
William Odell Tolman the Dreamer

William Odell Tolman the Dreamer

During his waking hours, William Odell Tolman was an inspirational teacher, father, and husband and a visionary with respect to family organization, family history, and genealogy work. During his sleeping hours, he gained personal revelation from dreams and was wise...
William Odell Tolman, Family Reunions and the Bear Story

William Odell Tolman, Family Reunions and the Bear Story

(At the William Alvin Tolman reunions, for many years, William O. gathered the small children and Aunt Norma Hardy Tolman around him and shared with them the Bear Story.) When I was a young man about seventeen years of age my father told me that this summer I was to...
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