August 23, 1941 - July 16, 2020
Mr. Thomas J. Strom, 78, of Rockaway Beach, MO, died Thursday, July 16, 2020 at his residence. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, August, 11, 2020 in the Our Lady of the Ozarks Catholic Church, Forsyth, MO. Military graveside service will be held at 3:00 P.M., August 11, in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, MO.
Tom was born on August 23, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois, to Theodore Carl and Mabel Mae (Tucker) Strom. He completed two years of high school at Kelly High School in Chicago and then enlisted in the U.S. Army on September 15, 1958. While serving in the Army as a military policeman at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Tom received his G.E.D. diploma. Following his discharge from the Army on September 29, 1961, he continued to serve in the Army Reserves until 1964.
Tom had a long career as a skilled builder of many things. After he left school he worked for several years for the Ford Motor Company in Chicago on the assembly line that produced the Ford Mustang. He ultimately became a skilled member of Millwright Local #1693 in Chicago and worked for several years on projects throughout the Midwest before he retired in 1985.
Tom met the love of his life, Angelita, on March 26, 1982, and they were married on May 16, 1982, in Forsyth, Mo. Angie was Tom’s greatest passion. He also loved motorcycle riding, fishing, Corvettes, NASCAR racing, dancing, playing pinochle, socializing at the VFW, and hosting parties with friends and family. He especially loved spending time with and spoiling his grandchildren.
Tom was active in his community throughout his life. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Elks, and the Moose Lodge fraternal organizations. He served as Mayor of Rockaway Beach, Mo., from 2004 to 2006, and was a member of the Taney County Republican Central Committee from 2008 to 2017. He was a member of Our Lady of the Ozarks Catholic Parish in Forsyth.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore Carl and Mabel Mae Strom; his brother, Theodore (Ted) Strom; a nephew, Theodore Peter Strom; a niece, Deborah Ann Lewan; and a brother-in-law, Walter Wojak.
He is survived by his wife, Angelita Strom; three sisters, Carol Lindstrom and her husband, Ward; Mary Ellen Schreiber and her husband, Robert; and Marjorie Wojak; four children and their spouses, Kimberly and Philip Strouble, Thomas Jr. and Shannon Strom, Bill and Monica Mahnkey, and Liz and Grant Turner; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Trenor and her husband Brian, Daniel Strouble and his wife, Samantha, Tyler Blevins and his wife, Benande, Trevor Turner, Lauren Turner, Samuel Mahnkey, Brigston Mahnkey, and Makenna Mahnkey; and three great-grandchildren, Rachel Strouble, Leah Strouble, and Faith Blevins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the building maintenance fund at Our Lady of the Ozarks Catholic Church in Forsyth.
Cremation is under the direction of the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home, Forsyth, MO.