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August 29, 1939 - July 19, 2015
Burial Date: August 3, 2015
Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Kearney
Entombment at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS, on Monday, August 3, 2015, at 12:30pm.
Thomas Frederick King, 1939 – 2015
Thomas Frederick King was born to Thomas Edward King and Charlotte Eden King 75 years ago at Brooklyn Heights Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He had one sister, also named Charlotte, who survives him and resides in Barre, Vermont. Tom is also survived by wife, Dianne, 2 step-daughters, 2 grandchildren, 2 nephews, and 3 nieces.
Tom’s early childhood years were spent in Queens, NY, and later on to the historic whaling village of Sag Harbor, where the family lived in a centuries old family home.
As a young man, Tom entered Prep School, at McBurney in Manhattan, near New York’s Central Park. Tom’s young life was framed by the rich cultural and educational experiences the New York City area to offer.
Tom’s desire to see the world led him to enlist in a 6 year military career in 1958 which enabled his travel around the globe. At last count Tom had traveled over 26 countries and a majority of the United States as well, to include all of the European nations, Japan, the Philippines, and the South Pacific Islands. Tom’ deep voice and natural talent for speaking was employed in the Navy as a Radioman on the USS Topeka, where he earned top secret clearance by the U.S. Government for special assignments. Following Tom’s time in the Navy he continued living his dream of travels, embarking on a 40 year career with Trans World Airlines.
Thomas was married to wife, Dianne, in 1989. A 28 year relationship was complimented by 2 step children, Carie Powell, and Stephanie Pender, to whom he demonstrated enduring love and exemplary commitment. Tom was fully engaged and involved as both father figure and forever supportive friend, seeing them to fruition into their adulthood.
Both daughters gifted him with a grandchild. A girl, Cooper Powell, born to Carie and Chris Powell, and a boy, Braxton Pender Giltner, born to Stephanie. He fully enjoyed being called ‘Pa Pa’ and his time spent talking and playing with his grandchildren were some of his most treasured moments.
Perhaps Tom’s most memorable gift to this world was his great sense of humor and ability to make people laugh. Tom was quick to offer comedy in a stressful situation, protecting his family and friends in his own clever way from everyday fears and anxiety. Among his quotes he would often say, “This too shall pass.”…a biblical verse, or “Just lay down till the feeling goes away.”
On a day just prior to his passing, Tom awoke from a dream, to share that he had been conducting a flight school. He said he had been “helping the kids get their wings.” He chuckled, saying…”They aren’t doing very well.”
What we know about Tom and those kids, is through his kindness, patience, and loving care, they will get their wings, and are very much blessed to have such a friend working on their behalf in God’s heavenly kingdom.
To know Thomas Frederick King, was to love him. God speed, Tom. You will always be loved, and missed forevermore.