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Toby Kiisk

March 25, 1936 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Toby Kiisk Obituary

Toivo “Toby” Kiisk, age 87, passed away on Friday, February 2nd. He is lovingly remembered by his daughter Beth Kiisk-Milanowski, son-in-law Bob Milanowski, and their 4 children: Emily, Nicholas, Nathan, and Kathryn Milanowski. He is survived by his brother Mati (daughters Shannon & Krista (Jay Glogovsky)) Kiisk, additional 3 grandchildren, Mari Kathryn Gilbert, Rebecca (Tim) Benzenberg, and David (Mindy) Gilbert, 7 great-grandchildren, Trevor, Zachary, Joshua, Logan, Grace, Owen, Reed, and many nieces & nephews. He is preceded in death and reunited once again in Heaven with the love of his life of 65 years Shirley Ann Kiisk, his daughter Kathryn Lynn Gilbert, father Ferdinand Kiisk, mother Elfriede Kiisk, brother Ulo Kiisk, and mother & father in-law Ted and Opal (Bosserdet) Melzo.

Toivo was born March 25, 1936 in Rakvere, Estonia and came to the United States during WWII with his family at the age of 13 as the 100,000th Displaced Person Family to come through Staten Island. Toivo graduated from Saginaw High School in 1954 and attended Delta College before enlisting in the US Navy from 1957-1962. He worked for General Motors for 37 years, and enjoyed serving his community as a member and President of the Shields Lions Club. He was an active member in his Saginaw community calling bingo weekly, ushering at Holy Spirit Parish, and a proud member of the Knights of Columbus.  He also drove for the Grand Rapids Trolley Company for weddings and any birthday party, field trip, or school dance his Grandkids requested.

He lived his life by the motto of “eat dessert first,” especially hot fudge sundaes. Known as “Bumpa” to many, Toby loved nothing more than supporting his grandchildren who were the pride & joy of his life. You could find Bumpa on the sidelines of every baseball, football, lacrosse, diving, and hockey game as well as the audience of every musical, dance recital, and choir concert. He proudly showed off “his kids” by dawning their team spirit wear daily - EGR Pioneers, SV Vikings, Michigan Wolverines, Miami of Ohio RedHawks, and TCU Horned Frogs. Bumpa was the “dog whisperer” and spoiled them with a taste of anything he was eating. We know he is welcomed into Heaven by his dogs and granddogs Tinker, Pewter, Hans, ShuShu, Tyler, Mandy, Daisy, Bella & Petunia and will be dearly missed by his granddogs Ella & Blaise. 

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Toivo’s life on Friday, February 9th from 3-6 PM  at the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home (4291 Cascade Rd, Grand Rapids, MI). The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 10 AM at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church (2750 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI) followed by a celebration of life gathering at the Grand Rapids Yacht Club (740 Lakeside Dr SE). A burial ceremony will be held on Monday, February 12th at 11 AM at Oakwood Cemetery (6100 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw, MI). 

The family welcomes memorial gifts to be made to the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation (2915 Hall St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 or Lions Club International Foundation.

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February 9, 2024

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Service
4291 Cascade Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Mass of Christian Burial
February 10, 2024

10:00 AM
Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
2750 Burton St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546


East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation
2915 Hall Street SE, East Grand Rapids, MI MI 49506

Lions Club International Foundation
300 W 22nd St, Oak Brook IL 60523


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