Thomas “Tom” Eugene Anderson went to be with the Lord on May 8th, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Thomas is survived by his beautiful wife of 59 years, Nancy Marie (Beach), his two sons Tom Anderson (Anne Marie Booye), John Anderson (Lisa Marie Rozanski) and his daughter Kristen Marie Wotsch (Jason Wotsch). Thomas had 6 grandchildren Morgan, Carly, Owen, Tommy, Olivia and Aiden. He was preceded in death by his parents Rudy and Ruby and his younger brother David.
Tom was born on April 30, 1936 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1954. In 1958, he married the love of his life at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1959 with a degree in chemical engineering. Following University he served in the military in the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Upon discharge from the Army in 1962 he accepted a position with Firestone Tire and Rubber where he worked for 32 years in various capacities. He was proud of the Patent Awards Dinner which he established and ran for many years to honor Firestone employees.
Tom was a very spiritual person and was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Akron where he served on the Church Council for many years and sang in the choir. He enjoyed life and the outdoors. He was an avid cross country skier, gardener, runner and cyclist. He will be remembered as a kind and loving man who practiced the teachings of Jesus Christ on a daily basis.
A memorial service to celebrate and honor his life will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4700 South Main Street, Akron, OH with visitation from 10-11 am. Memorial Donations can be made to Messiah Lutheran Church or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
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