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Clyde C. Toenniessen, 85, a prominent figure in the Olcott community for many years, died Friday (June 15, 2001) in Inter-Community Memorial Hospital, Newfane, after a brief illness.

Toenniessen was born in Wilson and graduated from Wilson High School. He moved to Olcott after his marriage to the former Margaret Rymer in 1940. She died Oct. 17, 1981.

Toenniessen moved to Lockport about 20 years ago. He remarried in 1985 to the former Marion Nicholas.

Toenniessen worked for 30 years at the former Flintkote Co., from which he retired in 1970 as an assistant plant superintendent. He then started Toenniessen Sales and Development Co. in which he sold manufactured homes for about 15 years.

He was a 50-year member of the Olcott Fire Company, where he served as chief from 1948 to 1954. During that time, he built the fire company's first ambulance by welding together parts from a Cadillac and a Lincoln.

Toenniessen was also a 50-year member of the Newfane Masonic Lodge. He belonged to the Lockport Shrine Club, the Ismailia Shrine Temple and Olcott Methodist Church. He was a former member of the Lockport Rotary Club.

He served on the Newfane Board of Education in the 1960s, and was president of the Lewiston Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, in the late 1950s. He won the Silver Beaver Award for service to scouting.

Toenniessen was active in Republican politics. He was a former Niagara County towns chairman for the GOP and a district aide of former Rep. Henry P. Smith III.

At the time of his death, he was president of the Olcott Harbor Board of Trade, a post he held for about 10 years.

He was a private pilot and once owned his own plane.

Besides his wife, survivors include a son, Alan of Rochester; a daughter, Ann Johnson of Lockport; a stepson, Michael Nicholas of Thailand; two stepdaughters, Lynn Bush of Lockport and Aimee Grimm of Newfane; six grandchildren; 13 stepgrandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Rutland-Corwin Funeral Home, 2670 Main St., Newfane. Burial will be in Wrights Corners Cemetery.

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