Former Lafayette oilman Wally Toce Sr., 87, a lifelong civic and business leader, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family Wednesday.
Toce was the son of Thelma Talen and Victor Toce. He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1942, and his oilfield experience and career began during the summer of his junior year in high school in 1941 when he worked for Frank’s Casing Crew. He enlisted, at the age of 17, in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving aboard the destroyer escort, USS Merrill. Upon his honorable discharge, he began working for Core Laboratories, then as an oil scout and on to his long career as a petroleum landman.
Toce earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology in 1952 from SLI. He earned his second degree from the university in petroleum geology in 1960. After working as a landman for different companies, he resigned from General Crude Oil Co. in 1972. Along with his wife, Jeris Theresa Blanchard, he formed his two oil and gas companies, W. O. Toce Oil and Gas Interests and Acadiana Resources Inc.
The avid golfer, who played on the SLI golf team, was a passionate supporter of the UL, having helped the university start a night school division when he was working on his second degree. He also played an instrumental role in the establishment of the university's Professional Land and Resource Management program.
Toce was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years. He is survived by his four children, Waldemar Oran Toce Jr., Jeri Dupuis and Rick, and Blane Toce and Lisa, all of Lafayette, and Celi Trepanier and Yves of Huntsville, Ala.; and one brother, Paul M. Toce, and wife Patty of Lafayette, and sister-in-law, Virginia Riley. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at noon at St. Mary Catholic Church. Entombment will be at Calvary Mausoleum. Visitation will be held at Delhomme Funeral Home Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until the time of services, and a rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. by longtime family friend, Dr. David Roy. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Acadiana or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Delhomme Funeral Home is located at 1011 Bertrand Drive. Read more here.
To post a comment, please log into your IND account. If you do not have an account, click the "register" button to create one. Facebook comments can be used as an alternative to creating an account at theIND.com.
AUG 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels takes the gloves off in this post as he writes about education "reform" in Louisiana. It's not reform because it is not improving education - not even a little, he says. He's also taking the mainstream media to task here; they're not doing their job in reporting on these issues, he says.
AUG 1 Death Valley, Deaf Valley, Tiger Stadium, whatever you call it, it's been named the "most intimidating" college football arena in the country. This post on the College Spun blog looked at the top 15 and named LSU number one. It references the 1988 Tommy Hodson play -- when the crowd's reaction registered as an earthquake on the university's seismograph.
AUG 1 Fortune Magazine takes a look at a study by researchers in Indiana and Hong Kong (well THAT'S an interesting pairing) who looked at corruption in American states. Of course, we're in the top five, coming in second behind Mississippi. Hey, we'll do better next year!
AUG 1 Columnist Jeremy Alford is writing about secrecy in this post on LaPolitics, in particular "the dark side" of the legislative process, also known as conference committee. The loosey-goosey (and generally not open) process is rich with possibilities for problems, as was proven with the so-called Edmonson amendment, Alford writes.
AUG 1 Blogger Tom Aswell reports here on the emails he received in response to a public records request to State Police in his continuing investigation of the so-called Edmonson Amendment. In particular he's reporting the "talking points" created by one top State Police official about the bill, as well as some snide comments about one of Aswell's reporters.
AUG 1 Louisiana voters don't seem to be overjoyed by any of their choices in the Senate race, Jim Brown writes in this week's blog post. The polls don't show robust support for any of the candidates, Brown says, and he's thinking back to the time he floated legislation that would have allowed people to vote for "None of the Above."
AUG 1 Blogger CB Forgotston is keeping up with the reaction to the Edmonson Amendment, but the real problem isn't going to be fixed with more laws, he says. A major problem is a lack of integrity among legislators, he opines; without it, no amount of legislation is going to solve this problem.
AUG 1 Since the Washington Post story start circulating this week - you know, the one where the writer says that Congressional Candidate Lenar Whitney is the most frightening hopeful he's ever met - the lady has become notorious, this post on the NOLA Defender blog tells us. You can even watch her documentary (?) entitled "Global Warming is a Hoax." Ahem. Can we run away now?
JUL 31 Blogger Rod Dreher is offering excerpts, as he often does, from a blog he's found interesting. This time, the subject of his interest is the ubiquitous Facebook, but it's a creepy view of the social media format, and how predators can use it.
JUL 31 Here's a fun post on the Movoto blog about Louisiana stereotypes. These 10 are accurate, the blog posits, and it's really not wrong. Most of them are pretty positive - as opposed to other stereotypes about us, which also aren't all wrong.
JUL 31 State Treasurer John Kennedy, who also sits on the board that oversees State Police retirement, continues his push to have the so-called Edmonson amendment investigated, blogger Tom Aswell reports here. The director of that retirement system says an investigation is coming, but he's waiting on lawyers to tell him what to do.
Read the Flipping Paper!
Click Here for the Entire Print Version of IND Monthly