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Obituary Steven Toombs

Steven Bruce Toombs, 59, a lifelong resident of Rosemount, died suddenly at home on March 8, 2008.

He was born on July 16, 1948 in Fort Warren in Cheyenne, Wy., to Robert G. and Betty (Rock) Toombs. He attended St. Joseph's Parochial School in Rosemount, St. John's Prep School in Collegeville, and graduated from Rosemount High School in 1966.

After high school, he worked at Northwest Airlines as a baggage handler.

On Sept. 20, 1975, Steve married Sandra M. Spillman at the First English Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls. They settled in West St. Paul, then moved to Rosemount in 1977. They became parents of two children, Adam in 1983 and Laura in 1989, through adoption. In 2005, they became grandparents of Autumn Rose.

Steve was the third generation of Toombs associated with the First State Bank of Rosemount, where he was a loan officer. He was also a partner with Toombs Insurance Agency. Earlier in life, Steve enjoyed karate, and he taught snowmobile safety. He enjoyed following his son's Navy career, traveling, collector cars, World War II history, bagpipe music and a good sauerkraut pizza. He was very active in supporting his community, and enjoyed family genealogy and the community history. He found tremendous comfort, guidance and hope in his church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert in 1999; brothers-in-law Jim Strese and Mike Schmidt; and nephew, Michael Schmidt.

Steve is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sandy Spillman of Rosemount; son, Adam (Becca) Toombs of Silverdale, Wash.; daughter, Laura Toombs of Rosemount; granddaughter, Autumn Rose; mother, Betty Toombs of Rosemount; sisters Judy (John) Wiederhold and Sue Strese, all of Rosemount, and Abbie Schmidt of Spooner, Wis.; brother-in-law, Don (Cathy) Spillman of Orange Park, Fla.; uncle and aunt, David and Barb Toombs of Rosemount; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, and one hour prior to the funeral service.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley. Rev. Paul Harrington and Rev. Chris Smith will officiate.

Active pallbearers will be Bill Broback, Gary Hagemeister, Mike Toombs, John Wiederhold, Don Spillman and Pat Geagan. Honorary pallbearers will be Harland and Vicki Vanduyn, Mike and Maureen Bouchard, Sue Geagan and Regi McNearney.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to donor's choice.

Arrangements were made by Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls. On-line condolences may be directed to