Chad “Tanker” Toenyan, 41, of Crystal, passed away after a courageous battle with colorectal cancer July 19, 2022, at his sister’s home in Freeport.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was July 26 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Chad Thomas Toenyan was born July 19, 1981, in Melrose to Carl and Mary (Hinnenkamp) Toenyan. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1999. He went on to college and soon found out that wasn’t for him. He began working in food service, including Dimaggios in St. Cloud and Gina Marie’s in Eden Prairie. He then transitioned into retail and was a valued employee at Metrie Industries where he worked until his death. Chad enjoyed fishing, golfing, softball, duck and deer hunting, and watching “Jeopardy.” He was an avid Vikings and Twins fan, which lead to multiple fantasy football boards. Chad was a kind, fun loving guy and would often tell his nurses, “I’m kind of a big deal.” His witty personality could single handedly bring back “Booya,” which he did.

Survivors include his parents, Carl and Mary Toenyan of Melrose; sisters Roxanne Schliemann (Michael Thell) of Freeport, and Lori Korts (Mark Windschitl) of Cambridge; brother Scott Toenyan of Garfield; nieces and nephews Hailey, Hayden, and goddaughter Hannah Schliemann, and Maxwell and goddaughter Eleanor Korts; his dog, Kirby; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Chad was preceded in death by his grandparents, Norbert and Loretta Hinnenkamp and Edward and Marie Toenyan; uncles Frank Toenyan, Jerome Messer, Ken Kulzer and Melvin Wielenberg; aunt Phyllis Messer; and nephew Hunter Schliemann.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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