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Toby Yale Kahr

Posted By Hall-Wynne On October 31, 2017 @ 1:58 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 4 Comments

Durham- Toby Yale Kahr was born June 20, 1932, and departed from us on October 27, 2017. Toby is survived by his son, Richard Kahr of New Jersey; daughter, Jennifer McGinnis of Durham; his grandchildren, Matthew, Kristen, J.T., and Jake Kahr; sister-in-law Clarice Kahr; and treasured nieces and nephews Barbara Wilson and her husband Rich, Eileen Crist and her husband Keith,Chuck Kahr and his wife Linda, Bill Kearns and his wife Yomaira, and Laurie Kearns Nowicki and her husband Michael, and their children. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rita; his cherished daughter, Stephanie; his father Charles Kahr; mother, Wilma (Babe) Kahr; and his brother, Charles Kahr.

Prior to attending college Toby served as a Major in the United States Air Force. Toby then earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, and his Masters and PhD from the University of Illinois. He worked in human resources throughout his career for Ford Motor Company, the University of Illinois, and then retiring from Duke University as Associate Vice President for Human Resources.

More than any professional accomplishment, however, Toby was a man of God and a powerful witness to countless souls of his great faith, a devoted husband, loving father, and a veteran and patriot to his country. A man obedient to the instructions of Mic 6:8: “He has told you, O man,what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” To Toby it could be said, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Mt 25:23

A gathering for family and friends to celebrate Toby’s life will be held in the Ballroom of the Clubhouse for the Cedars of Meadowmont at 100 Cedar Club Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, starting at 11 A.M., on Saturday, November 4, 2017. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Durham Rescue Mission, 507 E. Knox Street, Durham, NC 27701. Online condolences: www.hallwynne.com.


Condolences for the family of “Toby Yale Kahr”

Condolence from Paulette Baker on October 31st, 2017 5:18 pm

My heart goes out to the family. Toby was a wonderful and delightful man that always had time to talk to Duke employees…no matter where he saw them. I am so sorry at your loss. May God give peace and strength to the family.

Condolence from Jill Knieriem Browning on October 31st, 2017 8:03 pm

Dear Jennifer and Family,

We are so saddened to hear of your father’s passing. He deeply loved and was immensely proud of his family. He was a true gentleman, and earned the respect of all who knew him based on his knowledge, experience and intellect. I will remember him fondly as a class-act father who always did his best for his wife and children. He was a great man.

With much love,

Jill Knieriem Browning and Family

Condolence from Jackie Christian on November 1st, 2017 6:49 am

I am so sorry to learn of Toby’s passing but know that he would want to be with Rita again. I was one of the fortunate ones to have worked for him at Duke just before he retired. I was so thankful for all the kindnesses and compassion he showed to me. My life was blessed because of him.

Condolence from Chris C on November 1st, 2017 8:02 am

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to family and friends. May all your good memories outweigh your sadness during this difficult time.

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