Thomas Edward Deeb
September 26, 1949 ‒ March 21, 2016
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 www.usaaa.org.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Tom’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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