LANCASTER — Thomas N. Carruth, 82, of Lancaster passed away Saturday, July 10, 2010, at Fairfield Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
Tom worked for Anchor Hocking Glass Co. for over 35 years holding positions in several sales leadership roles. Tom served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, majoring in business economics. At Kenyon, he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and a member of the swim team. Tom was a devoted husband, father and “Papa” leaving his family with fond memories, teaching them the value of love, honor and integrity by how he lived his life. Tom was an avid golfer at Lancaster Country Club, but more importantly, he enjoyed the company of many friends and duffers, more laughs than good shots and of course the 19th hole. Tom was a proud member of the BBC (“Bib’s Breakfast Club”) sharing stories of family, discussing issues facing the country (solving nothing) and enjoying breakfast and coffee with his many close friends. He also was a member of the weekly Gin Rummy club on Wednesday nights (good luck on finding a better scorekeeper).
He is survived by his loving children, daughter Joan Fithian of Mount Vernon, and son-in-law, Michael, and grandchildren, Bradley and Lauren; his son, Thomas Carruth of Frankfort, Ill., and daughter-in-law, Linda, and grandchildren, Jacqueline (Marine LCPL Andrew Revei), Thomas and Kristine; his sister, Tish and dear friend, Nickie Leckrone.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Jacqueline Sue Carruth; brothers, Harry, Frank and Bob Carruth; and sister, Eleanor.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 13, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Sheridan Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 14, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, conducted by the Rev. Chuck Ransom. A private military graveside service will be held at a future date.
Memorials may be made to the Lancaster Fairfield Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit and the American Legion Scholarship Program Post 11 in Lancaster. To send an online condolence and sign guestbook, please visit www.webfh.com/sheridanfuneralhome and click obituaries.