Thomas Edward Deeb

September 26, 1949 ‒ March 21, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

Tom Deeb was a self-made man, who became successful through his own wit and skill. Despite adversity Tom was able to use his unique perception and abilities to make it work. Not only was Tom a prolific entrepreneur and mentor, he was also generous, caring, and had a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Thomas Edward Deeb passed away suddenly Monday, March 21, 2016 in Denton, Texas with his Partner Janice Jennings by his side. He was 66.

He was born September 26, 1949 in Mishawaka, Indiana to parents Isaac and Edna Deeb. He proudly served his country by joining the US Air Force from 1973 to 1976 during the Vietnam War, which he was honorably discharged.

In his spare time, he took pleasure in darts, shooting pool and was most passionate about guns. In 1993 he founded Hi-Point Firearms which has a manufacturing plant in Mansfield. Ever since he has been manufacturing guns for the “working people”. Most recently Tom was featured in an American Rifleman article, which showcased his hard work, love, and knowledge of firearms. Manufacturing of firearms also led Tom to working closely with law enforcement throughout the US, and working 10 plus years with AFTE. He was very passionate about AFTE and was instrumental in both AFTE education and creating indentifying processes used by firearms examiners across the US.

Tom was survived by his children Tom (Kelly) Saunders, Keri Petersen, Jody (John) Beidelschies, Thomas E. (Delena) Deeb II, Jessica (Dustin) Seitz, Alisha (Dustin) Sqrow, Mychal Deeb, David Deeb, James Deeb, Brad (Mandi) Jennings, and Kim Jennings; grandchildren Erika Shilling, Erin Rennaker, Alec Deeb, Abagail Seitz, Collin Seitz, Vincent Sqrow, Emilia Sqrow, Braxtyn Sqrow, Bryson Jennings, Isaac Caporini, Taylor Touby, Rex Woodruff, Jordan Woodruff, Alexandra Woodruff, and Aylee Beidelschies; several great grandchildren; ex-wife Shirley Deeb; a brother Charles Deeb, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; son Bryan Miller; brothers David Deeb and James Deeb; sisters Rose Jernigan, Elizabeth “Dolly” Stallings-Dill, and ex-wife and close friend Doris Deeb.

His family will receive friends 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016 in the Life Celebration Reception Center, 129 S. Main Street, Mansfield.

Contributions in his memory to US Autism & Asperger Association may be made at

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  • I just wanted to say how grateful I am to have met Tom. He would give the shirt off his back for any person in need. I don’t know if I have or ever will meet another gentle, more caring person in this world. He was a good friend and will be dearly missed. His legacy will on for years to come. RIP my friend

  • What a wonderful human being with such a caring gentle way. Was and is an honor to call you my friend. The world was definitely a better place with you in it. Rest n heaven my friend.

  • I am so saddened by this loss. He was a wonderful, kind and caring person. Prayers to his family. Until we meet again my Friend.

  • Tom, you will be sorely missed by the many people you whose lives you touched. The AFTE community will also missed your many contributions and support you have given of yourself and your time. May you rest in eternal peace.

  • I am so sorry for your loss! The loss of a parent is a pain no one can imagine. Prayers

  • Tom, thank you for leaving an everlasting positive impression for everyone that has met you. The first time meeting you was equal to meeting an old dear friend. You always listened to questions and were inviting of discussions. We lost a very humble and caring man; however, your legacy has and will carry on. Prayers to your family and friends. Rest in peace.

  • Dear Deeb Family Members,
    Tom was an awesome friend to AFTE. We loved him so much for his wit, brilliance, candid discussions about guns and his exuberance about whatever his next innovation was! Tom will live on with us, and in our memories, through the plastic adaptable cartridge with forensic marks that he developed for us. He had a talent for making us look smart at work by designing his firearms with unique marks and hiding serial numbers. He took the time to educate us on a subject that came so simply to him. We hope that your grief is softened knowing that there are a 1000 others sharing your sorrow and lifting up positive thoughts and prayers for you during this difficult time. Now…let’s go drink a beer to Tom.

  • I have known Tom for about 17yrs. I was sooo sad about hearing that Tom had passed, he was a very nice and caring person, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family, he will surly be missed.

  • Tom was an amazing friend to the Forensic Firearm Examiners community. When I needed to take some trainees on tours of manufacturing facilities, Tom himself toured us around the plant and spent a significant amount of time explaining everything his firearms do and why they do it. It was my pleasure to meet him and he is already greatly missed.

  • My sympathy to the family & friends of Tom. Such a nice fellow. Met him playing pool many years ago one afternoon, and had the opportunity to get to know him. He will be sadly missed.

  • Tom was a good ole soul, was fun getting butt kicked on pool table with him.. He always made you laugh as he set you up for a skunk.. You will be missed… My heart and prayers to all of his family !!!!!

  • Tom and family were r neighbors for many years lov and miss him dearly he always took the time to help anyone in need the world has lost a great friend but heaven has gained an amazing angel until we meet again

  • I knew Tom for nearly thirty years. He was always genuine, gracious and self effacing. There were those rare times when speaking with him that the brilliant engineering light within his mind would peak out. He has done more for others than will ever be recorded. I will miss him.

  • Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends that Loved Tom and will dearly miss him.
    Tom was a good friend , mentor and business associate for the last 25+ years-
    He will be thought of and missed everyday- Thanks for the memories!!
    rest in peace my friend

  • So sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. He stayed at the hotel where I work numerous times and was always so friendly. Always said “hi” and talked with us at the desk when he’d come to fix his coffee for the morning. He had a keen sense of business and always a kind word. He will be missed.

  • My family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy over the loss of Tom.
    May you find comfort in your loving memories and the warmth of family and friends. A scripture that has uplifted many who have experienced such a loss, is found at Revelation 21:4. There it describes a time when death and pain will be gone forever. We will even see our loved ones again who we have lost in death (John 5:28 & 29). It is our hope that these words bring you a measure of comfort during this difficult time as well. Once again, please accept our condolences as you deal with your loss.

  • AFTE members all across have expressed to me their deepest
    regrets on Tom’s death as he and his support of our organization
    will be missed. He was friends to some of us from KY but most of
    All Dwight Deskins from Ashland. I shall remember Tom Deeb as I cherish
    his training aids he gave members but most of all, all the insight into
    the manufacturing process, the stewardmanship he displayed, and willingness
    to help anyone and set down and drink a few with anyone who would seek out his friendship. He opened his doors everywhere he went. The likes never to be replaced.
    Ronnie Freels
    AFTE Past President

  • Tom was an amazing man with a kind heart. He had a great sense of humor and always made everyone around him feel accepted and loved. He was a very inspirational man. I considered him a part of my extended family and will miss him greatly.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We know that Thomas touched so many people and that he will be greatly missed. It was our privilege to donate to the Asperger’s and Alzheimer’s fund in his memory.