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Richard Tosaw
Arrangements were held for Richard Thomas Tosaw, 84, of Oregon. He died Sept. 16, 2009 in Oregon from a battle with metastatic cancer complicated by pneumonia and surgery.

Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery in St. Anthony, Iowa. In accordance with his wishes no services were held.

Born on March 13, 1925 in Lincoln, Neb., to Anastasia Dunn and Walter Tosaw, Richard lived in Modesto most of his life, then moved to Oregon to live near family. After spending his boyhood years in Nebraska and Minnesota, he graduated from Central High in Omaha. Mr. Tosaw served as a signalman for the U.S. Coast Guard in the Aleutian Islands. He attended Nebraska, Creighton, and Denver universities, and received his LL.B. in 1951. After receiving his law degree, Mr. Tosaw joined the FBI and served five years in both the Seattle and San Francisco offices. Mr. Tosaw opened his own law practice, and later founded The Bureau of Missing Heirs. Inc. in Ceres, where he specialized in escheat law. Though The Bureau of Missing Heirs, Inc.'s future is under family consideration for closure, Richard's legacy continues in his authorship of five California laws and two books. As hobbies, he patented a golf periscope, searched for legendary skyjacker D.B. Cooper, spent time at the SOS Club, and traveled extensively.

He leaves behind his two sisters, Helen McCleskey of King City, Ore., and Dorothy Thomson, of Wickenberg, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

-Ceres Courier /November 4, 2009