Thomas E. Napper

August 23, 1940 ‒ December 18, 2017

Marion, Ohio

Thomas E. Napper, better known as Tom, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at his home. Tom was 77 years old and lived most of his life in Marion.

Tom was born in Vinton County, Ohio on August 23, 1940 to the late Claude Thomas and Flossie Juanita (Thacker) Napper.  Tom attended the Marion City Schools. Tom proudly served his country in the US Army.  After his honorable discharge, Tom met Linda E. Conley while he was visiting Linda’s grandmother.  After another chance meeting at a coffee shop in downtown Marion, Tom convinced Linda to go on a date and shortly after the two were married on May 26, 1964.  Linda survives.

Tom was a train enthusiast which led to his lifelong work on the railroad.   After returning to Marion, Tom worked for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad as a yard conductor and later retired from Union Tank Car as a locomotive operator.

In Tom’s spare time, he enjoyed training horse and was a lifelong member of The Upper Sandusky AMVETS and The State of Ohio Sherriff’s Association. Tom could often be found on his evening drives in the country where he would visit with his many Amish friends in Kenton and Mount Gilead.  The saying is true with Tom, he never met a stranger!

Tom is survived by his wife, Linda of Marion; children, Juanita (Alan) Johnston of Marion, Thad (Cindy) Napper of Middleport and Stacie (Daryl) Hankins of Marion; grandchildren, Thomas, Jennifer, Cole, Kayla, Bryan, and Courtnie; and great-grandchildren, Liam, Abbie, and Sophie.

Tom was preceded in death by brothers, Roger and Larry Napper; sister, Marilyn Layne; and granddaughter, Kelsey.

Tom’s family will greet friends from 4 until 6 pm at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 W. Center St., on Thursday, December 21, 2017.  Private family burial will take place at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Tom’s honor to Heartland Hospice of Marion or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Tom’s family.  Online condolences and memories may be expressed by visiting

  • Linda, Stacie, Juanita, and Family So sorry to hear of your loss.. Prayers to all, knowing he no longer is suffering is nice but celebrating his life is great gift… Stay strong and live life like Tom would want you to do….. Randy

  • Linda and family, words cannot express my sadness in learning of Toms passing. The Napper family was very dear to my heart and I still grieve the loss of my dear friend, Marilyn. Tom was a great man and I will forever remember his smiling face. Love to all. Becky and Rich Starling

  • I am almost at a loss for words because I know no choice of words can make this any easier… You guys have always been my second family, I always thought of Tom as a grandpa. I have plenty of good memories growing up and playing with Jen and Tom giving us a hard time and making us laugh. He use to always have a box of peanuts from the Amish and would always let me get a bowl or mason jar full of them to take home. He was a great, caring and respectable man. He will never be forgotten and will be truly missed. My heart goes out to all of the family and me and my mom are here if you guys need anything.
    Much Love

  • I’d like to say that I’ve known Mr Tom since I was a young boy cause he lived across the street from me & I used to play w/ his grandson TJ when he came to visit his grandparents. Tom was a very good man who loved his family, friends, & everyone he came in contact with. I’ll always cherish the memories that we’ve had down though the years. He’ll be greatly missed

  • So sorry for your loss…. Tom was a very good man. You all are in my prayers…. Love and miss you all.

  • He was a good heated man I am glad to have known him. My thoughts and prayers goes out to you and the family.
    From the ARNETT family

  • He was a good hearted man I am glad to have known him. My thoughts and prayers goes out to you and the family.
    From the ARNETT family

  • You have a lot of great blues players to entertain you up there. Until we meet again. It has been a privilege to call you family all these years. May God bless this family.

  • Juanita and family, We are sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you during this difficult time

  • Linda, so sorry for your loss. Tom always had a smile on his face and brought laughter to those who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family… Tim and Kathy Downing

  • Where do i start: My thoughts and prayers to all of you. what a year it has been. Linda you and Tom are the best neighbors anyone could have. And 23 years later we have become family in our own way. Linda you was here for me and now i want to be there for you. That goes for the rest of the familly also. What a great man he was and i’m all most sure Richard and Peewee was at the Pearlly white gates waiting for him. Love you Tom and I’ll truly miss you. Love to all: Lisa Aldridge.

  • Tom was a wonderful neighbor and a great man. Words can not even begin to express the sympathy I have for all of his family. Fly high Tom and let Daddy know how much he is missed. Keep an eye on Linda, your kids, and grandkids, and the great grands. May you all find peace and comfort in your timing. Rest peacefully in heaven, Tom. I’ll miss seeing you sitting out on the porch and your kind hello.