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Daniel James Toner

March 29, 1938 — October 21, 2020

82, of Cass City, died Wednesday, October 21, 2020 in the comfort of his home. He was born March 29, 1938 in Redford Township to William and Gwendoline (McCleary) Toner. He married Ellen Fay Gurdon May 14, 1960. She died August 24, 2006. He later married Kathy Ann Rosenberger December 23, 2013 in Mizpah Missionary Church, Cass City.

Straight out of high school, Dan enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Wisconsin (BB-64), an Iowa-class battleship. He was honorably discharged in 1959, achieving the rank of Petty Officer Third Class. Dan was hired at the Pontiac Motor Division in 1963 and retired thirty years later. Following his retirement, he mowed lawns, performed handy-man work by repairing riding lawn mowers and helped out at Merchant Farms. He loved telling jokes and will be remembered for his great sense of humor. Dan enjoyed traveling. His favorite destinations included the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, as well as, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Dan is survived by his wife, Kathy; his daughter, Danielle (Larry) Smith of Lapeer; granddaughter, Bianca Smith of Lapeer; great grandson, Brantley James Smith; step-son, Paul Middaugh of Cass City; sisters: Willa Vargas of Bellevue, NE, Ivernia Schwartz of Gagetown; brother, Dean Toner of Cass City; many nieces, nephews; special friends: Richard and Gayl Patera, Keith and Jane Mitchell, Richard and Pat Greenwood, Dustin and Rainy Wood, Blaine and Shelley DeBeaubien, Randy and Sandy Kelley, Michelle Richmond; many other good friends, neighbors and his favorite cat, Miss Kitty. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Todd Toner; siblings: Anna Barnard, Gwen Bell, Norman Toner, William Toner, Jr., George Toner, Gladys Toner.

Honoring Dan’s wish, no services are planned at this time. Memorials may be made to Thumb Octagon Barn. Friends may share memories, prayers and stories with the family at

Arrangements by
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
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