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Chad "Tanker" Toenyan

July 19, 1981 — July 19, 2022

Crystal, Minnesota

Chad "Tanker" Toenyan

Chad “Tanker” Toenyan, age 41 of Crystal, Minnesota, passed away after a courageous battle with colorectal cancer on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at his sister’s home in Freeport, Minnesota.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 26 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church in Freeport.

Chad Thomas Toenyan was born July 19, 1981 in Melrose, Minnesota to Carl and Mary (Hinnenkamp) Toenyan. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1999. He went on to college and soon found out that wasn’t for him. He began working in food service, including Dimaggios in St. Cloud and Gina Marie’s in Eden Prairie. He then transitioned into retail and was a valued employee at Metrie Industries where he worked until his death. Chad enjoyed fishing, golfing, softball, duck and deer hunting, and watching Jeopardy. He was an avid Vikings and Twins fan which lead to multiple fantasy football boards. Chad was a kind, fun loving guy and would often tell his nurses “I’m kind of a big deal.” His witty personality could single handedly bring back “Booya”. which he did.

Survivors include his parents, Carl and Mary Toenyan of Melrose; sisters, Roxanne Schliemann (Michael Thell) of Freeport and Lori Korts (Mark Windschitl) of Cambridge; brother, Scott Toenyan of Garfield; nieces and nephews, Hailey, Hayden, and Goddaughter Hannah Schliemann, and Maxwell and Goddaughter Eleanor Korts; his dog, Kirby; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Chad was preceded in death by his grandparents, Norbert and Loretta Hinnenkamp, Edward and Marie Toenyan; uncles, Frank Toenyan, Jerome Messer, Ken Kulzer, and Melvin Wielenberg; aunt, Phyllis Messer; and nephew, Hunter Schliemann.

The family is requesting that all in attendance for the visitation or Mass show your support by wearing casual attire, flip flops/sandals, and/or sports team apparel (no Packer apparel, please).

Following the Memorial Mass, lunch and drinks will be served at the Freeport Community Center.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Chad "Tanker" Toenyan, please visit our flower store.

Past Services

Visitation

Monday, July 25, 2022

4:00 - 8:00 pm

Patton-Schad Funeral Home

418 Fifth Ave SE, Melrose, MN 56352

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Visitation

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

106 3rd Ave NE, Freeport, MN 56331

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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Freeport)

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