Ira Parnell Toshavik

Funeral services for Ira Parnell Toshavik, 48, Gardner, KS, formerly of Lawrence, KS will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday September 1, 2021, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, KS. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS. A visitation is set for 6:00 ~ 8:00 p.m., Tuesday August 31, 2021, also at the mortuary. Ira passed away Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Ascension Via Christi Health in Fort Scott, KS.

Ira was born on October 2, 1972, in Lawton, Oklahoma, the son of Beverly (Worcester) and Allen Toshavik.

Survivors include his son, Canyon (Brenna) Toshavik, siblings; Claudia Sims, Regina Toshavik, Jenny King-Brown, Mary Evan two grandchildren; Kota and Robin Toshavik, Aunties, Uncles, Cousins and several Nieces and Nephews.

Ira was preceded in death by Allen Toshavik, and Beverly (Worcester), Nick Evan, Leah Worcester.

Ira graduated from Lawrence High School in 1992. Later in life he went on to get his CDL license and worked as a cement truck driver for several years. Ira had many friends that he would call family in different areas of his life. He enjoyed Pow Wow dancing, hunting, fishing, riding his bike, barbequing with his family and friends, watching Chief’s Games with his Son, Daughter, and grandkids. He was also a big fan of the Royals and OU. He had many talents that he shared like beading, sewing, and dancing and some of them that he rarely shared like drawing, and writing poetry. Ira was always willing to help where he could and enjoyed getting people to laugh and smile. He will be truly missed on social media with his beautiful sunrise posts, funny memes, and selfies in all kinds of situations.

9 Condolences

  1. Micki Marinez on August 26, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Ira will be missed by so many family and friends l, he’s touched so many hearts, my deepest condolences during this difficult time.

  2. Tammy Davidson on August 26, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Ira’s passing. He was a Great & Big Hearted person. I cherish the friendship we had. Sending prayers to the Family & Friends. God Bless

  3. Tracy Rose on August 27, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Dear family and friends of Ira, the loss of such an amazing and upstanding person is such a loss. Ira was always a constant in my life for 44 years. I know that this pain will be here forever but I also know that we do meet again on the other side. Please believe that the ones we love do not go away, they walk beside us everyday. He will always be a “familiar” in my life and I promise to keep his memory alive. xoxo

  4. Charlene Taylor on August 28, 2021 at 9:09 am

    I first met Ira when he knocked on our door to take our daughter out on a date. When I opened the door and Ira saw it was me, he started to bolt. Apparently, he was expecting Adria to answer the door and I was intimating. I suppose it did not help that my archery set was right by the door. But he did not leave and we are so much better for knowing him. Over the years, he has been a steadfast friend to Rick and I. Whenever we needed his help, he was there no questions asked. We will miss him everyday and hope for our daughter, grandson and his family the memory of Ira will become sweet instead of the heartache it is today.

  5. Mary Phillips Lake on August 29, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    Ira was my student at the Alternative High School here in Lawrence. I am so sorry to hear of his death. He was a wonderful person and I enjoyed having him to talk to about his Native roots.

  6. Gari Riley on August 31, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Ira was always a kind and gentle soul! We’ve known each other since we were 8 years of age. In the 44 years I have known him I have never heard anyone say one negative comment about him. We had classes together and worked together at Arby’s as teens. I am going to miss his posts on Facebook. I know he is smiling down and is proud of his son! We will cheer the Chiefs on for you Ira! Your friends love and miss you. We will be together soon!

  7. Rhoda Little Eagle on August 31, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    You will be missed my friend

  8. Brett Noble on September 1, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    My sincere condolences to the Toshavik family and Ira’s friends. I had the pleasure of going to grade school with Ira. Many great memories playing football and many fun times very early on in life on the weekends. It has also been great reconnecting with Ira on FB for the last decade or so. I will miss Ira’s posts and talking from time to time about the old days. Ira was a wonderful friend to many and will be greatly missed by all. Rest in peace my friend.

  9. Keri Svoboda on September 23, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    I fell in love with him when I was 10. I’ll never forget the first time I saw him. I told him he was the cutest boy I ever seen… Wearing my strawberry shortcake pajamas. Then cowardly ran back into my best friends room. He used to ride his bike to the payphone, we’d spend most of the conversation telling each other “no you hang up first.” I fought hard with my mother over him, & took several “lashings” and eventually got moved away from him. Years later he found me on FB. Saved my pictures & letters for 26 years. Such a sentimental soul. There will be nobody on earth just like him. He was thd finder of good souls. Everyone I’ve met through him, are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met.

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