Anthony J. “Toney” Meska, past Chief of Liberty Volunteer Fire Department,
passed away on July 3, 2008. He was 83.
He was born Aug. 26, 1924 in Dundee, Wis.
On August 2, 1947 he married Marion Jeanne Meiu who survives in Liberty Twp.,
having celebrated over 60 years of marriage.
Toney has three daughters, Darlene (George) Lute of Portage, Connie (Keith)
Clinton of Valparaiso, Terry (William) Boy of Valparaiso; a sister, Selma
Kazlauski of Valparaiso and was preceded in death by sister, Frances Bumbale
of Chicago; six grandchildren, Jennifer Lute of Trail Creek, Amy DeVries of
Portage, Cindy Mullins of Nebraska, Dr. Robynne Lute of Eureka, Calif.,
William “Billy” Boy of Indianapolis, and Jodie Boy of Valparaiso and four
great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Zachary Mullins, Jada Walton and Megan
Toney resided on a farm in Liberty Township, Meska Road, since 1926.Toney was
a farmer for over 80 years, graduated from Liberty Township High School class
of 1942, drove school bus for 35 years for Liberty and Valparaiso, worked
maintenance for Hotel Lembke and the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.
He was one of the founders and past Chief of Liberty Volunteer Fire
Department, head of night security for the Porter County Fair for over 40
years, football and basketball security for Chesterton High School for 30
years and security for the tractor steam show, lifetime deputy sheriff,
lifetime member of the NRA and Hoosier Farmer. He was past owner of Liberty
Gun Club, member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Valparaiso, Northwest Indiana
Coho Club, Valparaiso city champ bowler and area bowling and horseshoe
A funeral was at noon Monday, July 7 from Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt
Rd., Valparaiso, to St. Paul Catholic Church, 1855 Harrison Blvd.,
Valparaiso, for 12:30 funeral mass, Fr. Joseph Pawlowski officiating, with
interment following at Calumet Park Cemetery.