Thomas C. Forton

February 26, 1949 ‒ January 06, 2016

Galion, Ohio

Thomas C. “Tom” Forton, 66, of Galion passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Galion Community Hospital.

Born February 26, 1949 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, he was the son of the late Carl L. Forton and Betty L. (Graham) Forton Shearer of Galion. He married Nan (Johnson) Forton on July 4, 1979 and she survives.

He proudly served with the United States Army in the Vietnam War. Tom worked as a welder for Transco Railway in Bucyrus for 17 years and retired in 2012 from Geneva Group Ltd. in Galion where he worked as a maintenance man. He was an avid Galion sports promoter, fan, softball player and coach. Tom ran the Galion Co-Ed League for 12 years and his teams were like family to him. He was an avid Michigan and Denver Bronco fan, loved riding his motorcycle and golfing. He was very proud to be a veteran and always made it a point to share his appreciation to other veterans and current military personnel. In his retirement years he enjoyed spending time in the mornings with his friends for coffee, most recently at the Whistle Stop Café.

In addition to his wife and mother he is survived by children Chase (Staci) Johnson of Galion and Kisti (Nathan) Ujvari of Loveland; grandchildren Makaylia Bailey, Shawntel (Austin) Davis, Stoan Johnson, Araya Johnson, Maeci Ujvari and Nolyn Ujvari; great grandchildren Veydah Davis and Aiyden Hiatt; brothers Earl L. “Snook” Shearer of Galion and Danny (Traci) Shearer of Danville, Indiana and sister-in-law Jody Shearer of Crestline.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by stepfather Earl L. Shearer, Jr., brother Kerry Shearer, father-in-law Freeman “Jr.” Johnson and mother-in-law Flo Johnson.

A Celebration of Life will be held 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, January 9, 2016 at The Whistle Stop Cafe, 241 Harding Way East, Galion, Ohio 44833. His final resting place will be in Colorado at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Girl Scouts of Western Ohio (GSWO) for Girl Scout Cookies to be purchased for the military.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Tom Forton, and condolences may be made to them at

  • Kisti and families, We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love to you all.

  • Nan and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We always enjoyed talking to him and loved his free spirit and laugh. GOD bless all of you during this tough time.

  • We just heard about Tom”s passing. Will always remember the good times we had at the ballparks. Tom was always good to us and our two daughters. We are thinking and praying for Nan and all her family.

    • Nan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your family has always had a special place in my heart. I love Kane like he is my own son and I wish you all comfort in this sad time. Love, Irene

  • He was the best softball coach. He helped me realize it wasn’t just a game it was a way of life.
    I am very sorry for your lose.
    Heaven gained a great person.

  • Nan and Kisti you guys have always and will always be family to me. I am so sorry for your loss. Dad Tom was a great man and will be so missed by us all. I love you guys!!!

  • Kisti we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all

  • Nan and Family
    so sorry for your loss we have know the family for a long time. if there is anything we can do for you please ask.

  • Kisti, I am very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.
    Sheri Jarvis

  • My heart goes out to you and your family, Nan. Many fond memories of playing softball. Tom had a big personality and even bigger heart. Prayers and big hugs to you all.

  • Nan and Family we are so sorry for your loss. Tom was a great guy he will be sadly missed at the ball field where he was great. Our love and prayers are with you all. R.I.P. Tom.

  • Nan & Family my prayers and love and condolences for you all. My heart is breaking as you all have been a part of my family since Ron brought us all together. Tom was a good courageous man that will be greatly missed but will never hurt again and is now causing mischief with all his buddies . RIP Tom and give my beloved Ron a hug from me . I will never forget you and your ornery laugh . Nan if I can do anything please get in touch as I am always here no matter what time Love Barbara Ann

  • So sorry for your loss. I am keeping you all in my prayers. Heaven gained another strong angel.

  • To Nan, Chase and Kisti . Sorry for your loss. What a great man your husband and father was. It was great to see him around. He would always say hi and chat, but would always give me a hard time too. I remember sitting at The Place chatting with him about our times in the military. Was great to chat with Tom Forton the Vietnam Vet, softball player, and family man. He will be forever missed. Marissa and I send our thoughts and prayers to all of you.
    Ron Snyder

  • We are saddened by the loss of Tom. He always had a smile and quick wit. He was a great example of how to live, love and share. We will cherish all the memories.

  • Deepest sympathy to Tom Forton’s family and friends from Galion High School class of 1968.

  • Prayers to Kisti and family. I enjoyed playing softball with Tom many times. He had a wonderful heart and so welcoming to everyone that joined him in the pickup tournaments.

  • Nan. And Kisti.
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family has been so much a part of our family that we too will miss him. What fun we all had together
    We will always love and miss Tom
    Our prayers go out to your family.

  • Dear Kisti and family,

    I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Dear Kisti and family,

    I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  • Nan & Family
    My condolences to you all, My heart is breaking as you all have been part of my life s all of us. Tom was a courageous man and will be forever missed but never forgotten, He is at peace now and will never be in pain and once again he is with his buddies. I can just see and hear them with his ornery grin and laugh. RIP Tom and give my beloved Ron a hug for me, Your another Angel that God has given to us but never for long enough. Im just across town if you need anything Nan no matter what time day or night. Love to you All
    Always Barbara Ann & Henry

  • We are so sorry. We enjoyed having Tom as our neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. If we can do anything to help, please let us know.

  • We are so sorry for your loss,Chase. Dale lost his dad 12-29-15. So we understand how tough this is. Our hearts are with you,Staci and the kids. Prayers. Kathy

  • Nan, Kisti and family
    May God continue to comfort each one of you at this time. Sending our prayers and condolences your way

  • Nan and family ; my heart goes out to you and your family – I’m so sorry for your loss

  • Nan and family so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Will always remember the fun we had at the hotel and Tom’s wit. I am sure he has the angels laughing now . May God hold you close to His heart and comfort you at this time. God bless and keep you all in His care

  • To nan and family, I’m sorry for you lose of Tom. He was a great person to be around and talk to. He was a mentor of mine who I followed and learned so much from him on and off the softball field. I’m happy to say i was apart of his life and apart of his teams he coached and played together on. He became like a father figure to me. He will be deeply missed in my eyes. Sorry I can’t attend this Saturday but know my prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Love and prayers from Texas,
    The Hollars
    Jamie, Paula, Mason, and Chloe.

  • Nan, Kisti & Chase,
    I have nothing but great memories growing up with your family. Tom was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. My family and I are truly sorry for your loss and wish nothing but the best for you an your family.

  • so sorry for your lose… have know you all for a very long time and think of you all as family… it was great to have tom on my softball team a few years back… I am sure he had a blast… if you all need anything you know where I am…

  • Nan, and Family, So sorry for your loss. Tom was a super person, and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you.

  • Nanner, Kisti & Chase, I am so sorry for your loss. Tom was a great husband, father, papaw & coach. Not only softball but in life.
    A great person all the way around. He had such a way with everyrhing. He was for sure a free spirited man, a great friend and brother to me.
    You have all been more family to me than anything & some of the best people I know.
    Tom is already making his next play on the books with his witty ways & happy go lucky self.
    He will be missed dearly for he has touch the lives of so many.
    What a charmer that guy was, a real barrel of laughs at almost every turn. Lol !
    He is with you all, always and forever.
    I will carry him in my heart, always.
    I love ya all & will keep you in prayers as always.
    Love you Nanner… Always Hair ♡
    Love you Chase & Kisti ♡
    Fly high big guy…. S—WING !

  • Nan and family I’m so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing sending prayers to you and your family

  • Nan & Family,
    Nan if there is anything we can let us know.
    You will be in our hearts & prayers.
    God Bless You,
    Russell & Margie Gelvin

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. He was a good man and father. We have a lot of fun memories about him. Our prayers are with your family.

  • Our deepest sympathy to you and your family Kisti in the loss of your father. We send our love and prayers for you and yours.
    Aunt Thelma Roose and all her family.

  • Our deepest sympathy to you and your family Kisti in the loss of your father. Our prayers and love to you and yours.
    Aunt Thelma Roose and all of us!

  • Nan, so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. If I can do anything for you just let me know. Take time to heal, I know how hard you work and you need some time.

  • Nan, my condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you
    and so sorry for your loss.
    Your friend from our Burcliff days.

  • Nan and family, so sorry for your loss. Tom fought a good fight. He will truly be missed by a lot of people. He loved his family dearly and was a great friend.
    The round table and the ball diamonds will never be the same without him.

  • Kisti and Nan and Family, We are so sorry to read about the death of Tom. He was such a hard worker and did alot for the softball teams. Know that we are thinking of you. God bless all of you.

  • Nan and family, my deepest and sincere condolences, I was shocked when dad told us. Hugs and prayers for all of you.

  • Nan & family – our deepest sympathy – Tom was always a joy to have around – fun, laughter and always a cheerful smile – Tom will be very much missed – he was a celebration! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • To the Forton Family,
    Thomas loved his family so much and he will be sorely missed. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Thomas.