THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: February 21, 2019
Nicholas "Nick" Thoney, 82, of Daggett, Mi., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 at Allouez Parkside Village in Allouez.
Born June 16, 1936 in Daggett, to the late George and Mildred (Vandervest) Thoney, he married the former Carol Mae Borman in Escanaba, Mi. on June 10, 1961. They owned and operated To-Ne-Hil Farms and Forestry along with their children sharing in the farming and forestry responsibilities. Up until 10 years ago they milked over 200 cows plus did cropping and logging. They recently ran 400 head of beef cattle while managing cropland and forestland.
Born and raised on his own property, his home sits a few hundred feet from where his parent's home was located, where they operated a small dairy farm and also did logging. At age 10, his dad gave him a 40 acres and at 17, while still in high school, bought his first forty and continued buying more land.
He was involved in Vocational Agriculture and FFA activities in high school years add along with helping his father on the farm, his program included livestock projects and logging.
After high school, he attended the MSU's Dairy Short Course program. Over the years, the couple hosted many tours of their property to those in age from elementary school children to legislators and other policy makers.
He made time for public service efforts, participated in the MSU Dairy Advisory Board, the Growing U.P. Agriculture and Forestry Promotion Board, Farm Bureau County Committee, Farm Bureau State Forestry Committee and Menominee County Conservation District Board.
He was also a member of the Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Forestry Association, Michigan Association of Timbermen and the Timber Producers Association of Michigan-Wisconsin.
His pride was his children and grandchildren and he loved time hunting with them.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; two daughters, Pamela (Roger) Cole and Beth (Jed) Comyne; a son, Brien (Haili) Thoney; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 3 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 6 p.m. with Pastor Archie Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Stephenson Township Cemetery in Spring. Expressions can be directed to Pam, Beth or Brien.