John Norris Tobias gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. August 17, 1921 in Pennsylvania
M. WW II Air Force Veteran (September 1, 1942-February 9, 1946)
D. February 15, 1987 in Marion County, FL
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  • Father: Harold Garst Tobias born in May 17, 1887 in Dayton, Montgomery County, OH son of Samuel Hamilton Tobias (1849-1907) and Emma John (Darst) Tobias (1852-1913); Veteran (1917-1919), Sergeant, 281st Aero Squardron and 193rd Aero Squadron; Harold died July 24, 1965 in Dayton, Montgomery County, OH; buried in Beavertown Cemetery, Beavertown, Montgomery County, OH; According to the Marion Star (Marion OH) Tuesday, July 27, 1965, page 7:

“Death Claims Father of Prospect Resident – Harold Garst Tobias, father of Thomas N. Tobias Prospect, died Saturday unexpectedly in his home at 20 Gebhart St. in Dayton.  He was a retired salesman.  Surviving are his widow. Zella H.; the son who is owner of Tobias Printing Co. in Prospect; another son, John N. of Round Lake, Ill.; seven grandsons, and two granddaughters.  A son Neil, preceded him in death in 1960.  A Mason, he was a member of Alpha Lodge 729, F & AM and Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton and post 9 of the American Legion.  Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Tobias Funeral Home at 648 Watervliet Ave. in Dayton.  Cremation will follow.  Friends may call at the funeral home tonight from 7 to 9.”

  • Mother: Zella Daphne (Haverstick) Tobias born September 3, 1892 in Alttona, Blair County, PA daughter of John Martin Haverstick (1856-1934) and Laura (Weaver) Haverstick (1858-1942); Zella died February 18, 1990 in Hilliard, Franklin County, OH; According to the Dayton Daily News (Dayton OH), Thursday, February 22, 1990, page 37:

“TOBIAS, Zella H., passed away Sunday at Glenmont, Hilliard, OH.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Tobias in 1965; 2 sons, John Norris and Charles Neil Tobias.  She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas N. and Sally A. Tobias of prospect, OH; also 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.  She was a long time member of the First Church of Christian Science in Bost, Massachusetts, First Church of Christian Science in Dayton, OH, and Association of Pupils of Lloyd B. Coate.  Memorial Service 7:15 P.M. Thursday, February 22, 1990, at the Tobias Funeral Home, 648 Watervliet Ave. (Belmont Chapel), John West officiating.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Glenmont, 4599 Avery Rd., Hilliard, OH., 43206.”

  • Wife: Iyla Mae (Coon) Tobias born September 15, 1923 in Madison, Dane County, WI daughter of Francis “Frank” William Coon and Jeannette L. “Jean” (Card) Coon; married John N. Tobias on May 22, 1943 in Palm Beach County, FL; Iyla died November 19, 1995 in Citrus County, FL (See section pertaining to Iyla Mae (Coon) Tobias buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. James N. “Toby” Tobias born October 14, 1950; James died October 11, 1968 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to James N. “Toby” Tobias buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
    2. John N. Tobias, Jr.
    3. Francis Jean (Tobias) O’Brien; married Stephen O’Brien
    4. Mary Jo (Tobias) Makarewicz/Nash; married Reynold Makarewicz
  • Siblings:
    • Baby Tobias born March 8, 1923 in Altoona, Blair County, PA; baby died March 8, 1923 in Altoona, Blair County, PA (premature birth – 7 months)
    • Charles Neil Tobias born March 30, 1924; WW II Korea Air Force Veteran, T. Sergeant; Charles died November 16, 1960; buried in Beavertown Cemetery, Beavertown, Montgomery County, OH; According to the Journal Herald (Daytona OH) Thursday, November 24,1960, page 28:

“Rites Arranged For AF Veteran – Funeral services for Charles Neil Tobias, 36, of 20 Gephart street, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tobias Funeral home, 648 Watervliet avenue.  An 18-year-Air Force veteran, he died at a base hospital in England on Nov. 16 after a sudden illness.  Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold G. Tobias of Dayton; two sons, LaMar and Charles of Tucson, Ariz.’ Two brothers, Norris of Round Lake, Ill., and Thomas of Prospect. O.  Friends may call at the funeral home tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m.  Burial will be in Bervertown cemetery.”

    • Thomas Neville Tobias born March 26, 1926 in Titusville, Brevard County, FL; married Sally Ann Buckles (1926-1990) on July 8, 1953 in Montgomery, Hamilton County, OH daughter of Kenneth V. Buckles and Dorothy Rosenbeck (Gaessler) Buckles (1902-1969); Thomas died June 13, 2000 in Dublin, Franklin County, OH; Thomas and Sally are buried in Prospect Cemetery, Prospect, Marion County, OH; According to an unnamed newspaper obituary:

“Tom N. Tobias – DUBLIN – Tom N. Tobias, age 74, formerly of Dayton, a longtime resident of Prospect, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at Windsor Court in Dublin.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Sally, in 1990.  He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law.  Gary, Brian and Belinda and Grant and Sherry Tobias; nine grandchildren Michelle, Carla, Tommy, Sarah, Tracey, Zack, Tyler, Dylan and Taylor and three great-grand-children.  He is a graduate of Marrietta College, a veteran of the Korean Conflict and retired from Richardson Printing.  He was a member of the Lions Club, American Union Lodge NO. 1, F & AM and Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17, 2000, at 5 p.m. at Tobias Funeral Home, 648 Watervliet Ave., Dayton with Joy Erd officiating.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Marion Public Library, 445 E. Church St., Marion, 43302.”

Additional Information:

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Altoona, Blair County, Pa living at 1004 10th St., the household members were: Harold G. Tobias, head, age 41, married at age 32, born in Ohio, parents born in Ohio, occupation: manager – grocery store; Zella H. Tobias, wife, age 37, married at age 28, born in Pennsylvania, parents born in Pennsylvania, occupation: merchant – conf. store; Norris J. Tobias, son, age 8, single, born in Pennsylvania, Neil C. Tobias, son, age 6, single, born in Pennsylvania; Thomas N. Tobias, son, age 4, single, born in Pennsylvania.

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Dayton, Montgomery County, OH living at 1832 Wayne Avenue, the household members were: Harold G. Tobias, head, age 52, married, highest grade completed: C-3, born in Ohio, lived in same house in 1935, occupation: salesman – auto sale agency; Zella D. Tobias, wife, age 47, married, highest grade completed: C-5, born in Pennsylvania, lived in same house in 1935, occupation: sales lady – retail department store; Norris J. Tobias, age 18, single, highest grade completed: H-4, born in Pennsylvania, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: messenger – U.S. govt air corps; Charles N. Tobias, son, age 16, single, highest grade completed: H-2, born in Pennsylvania, lived in same house in 1935, building maintenance – NYA project; Thomas N. Tobias, son, age 13, single, highest grade completed: 7, born in Florida, lived in same place in 1935; Robert DeGroot, boarder, age 48, widowed, highest grade completed: 3, born in Indiana, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: states temporer – manufacturors of motors.

According to the U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death Files, 1850-2010:
“Name: John Tobias; Birth Date: August 17, 1921; Death Date: February 15, 1987; SSN: 274181623; Branch 1: Army; Enlistment date 1: 1 Sep 1942; Release Date 1: 9 Feb 1946.”

According to the U.S. City Directories, 1822-1898; 1944 – Dayton, Montgomery County OH City Directory:
Tobias, Chas N USA (U.S. Army) r20 Gebhart
Tobias, Harold G (Zella H) gage mkr Sheffield Gage Co r20 Gebhart
Tobias, John N (Iyla M) USA (U.S. Army) r20 Gebhart
Tobias, Norris J US Service r20 Gebhart
Tobias, Thos student Parker High Sch r20 Gebhart

According to the Tampa Tribune (Tampa FL) Tuesday, February 17, 1987, page 52:

   “JOHN N. TOBIAS, 65, OF Homosassa Springs died Sunday.  A native of Altoona, Pa., he moved to the area two years ago from Round Lake, Ill.  He was a retired engineer for Bell Telephone; a World War II Air Force veteran; vice president of Riverhaven Fishing Club; a member of the Riverhaven Area Resident Association and Deray Beach Masonic Lodge 171 of Delray Beach.
  He is survived by his wife Iyla M.; a son John N. Jr. of Rockford, Ill.; two daughters, Jean O’Brien of Aurora, Ill. and Mary Jo Makarewicz of Round Lake; his mother, Zella of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Thomas N. of Prospect, Ohio; and six grandchildren.  Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs, is in charge of arrangements.”

According to the Rockford Register Star (Rockford IL) Saturday, Feb. 21, 1987, page 3B:

   “TOBIAS – John N. Tobias Sr., 65, Homosassa, Fla., died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1987, in Marion Community Hospital, Ocala, Fla.  Born Aug. 17, 1921 in Altoona, Pa.,  Lived two years in Florida, going there from Round Lake.  Veteran of World War II, serving in the Air Force.  Member of DelRay Masonic Lodge, AF & AM No. 171.  Engineer with Illinois Bell Telephone Co. 35 years, retiring in 1981.  Survivors include his wife, Iyla Mae Coone Tobias; a son, John N. Jr. and his wife, Phyllis, Rockford; two daughters, Mrs. Stephen (Francis Jean) O’Brien, Aurora, and Mrs. Reynold (Mary Jo) Makarewicz, Round Lake; mother Zella Tobias, Columbus, Ohio; a brother Thomas, and his wife, Sally, Prospect, Ohio.  Predeceased by his father, Harold, in 1965, a son, James M., in 1968, a brother, Neal.”
   Services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in MAC GILLIS FUNERAL HOME, 222 N. Rosedale Court, Round Lake, 60073.  Burial in Fort Hill Cemetery,  Round Lake.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. 2-21-1″