Thomas F. “Tom” Brown

April 28, 1952 ‒ May 03, 2019

Worthington, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Thomas F. “Tom” Brown, age 67, of Worthington and formerly of Morral, Ohio, died peacefully on Friday, May 3, 2019, in Worthington surrounded by his loving family after living with Parkinson’s Disease for many years.

On April 28, 1952, Tom was born in Marion, Ohio, the oldest of five children of the late David H. and Marilyn “Anne” (Gifford) Brown.  Tom was raised on their family farm in Morral, and graduated from Ridgedale High School in the class of 1970, where he excelled in track and cross country.  He furthered his education at The Ohio State University, earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture in 1974.

During high school, Tom met his bride to be, Susan “Susie” Smith.  Their extended courtship continued at OSU, where they both attended, and they were married on February 12, 1977, at the Epworth United Methodist Church.  Together they shared forty two years of marriage and lovingly raised two daughters: Megan and Melissa.

Growing up, Tom always knew he wanted to carry on their family’s farming tradition.  He dedicated his life to the Maken Bacon Farm, where he worked from a young age until his retirement.  He was a steward for the environmental and agricultural community, helping however he could to advance farming and agriculture.  He served on and was a past president of the Ohio Soybean Council and the Wyandot County Farm Bureau. He also served on the Ohio Leadership in Agriculture Program, and on the Wyandot, Inc. Board of Directors, the snack company founded by his grandparents, Hoover and Ava Brown.

A man of deep faith, Tom was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church in Marion, where he served on numerous committees.  Recently, he and Susie enjoyed being members at Linworth United Methodist Church in Worthington.

Throughout his life, Tom was best known to his family and friends as “Toad”.  He always had an ornery sparkle in his eye, and he had a knack for cheering you up with his playful teasing and endless jokes.  He also will be remembered for his warm smile and his optimistic attitude that rubbed off on everyone around him. He was a devoted husband, loving father, fun uncle, and the best Papa his grandchildren could have asked for, always spoiling them with candy and playing for hours on end.  He shared a special relationship with his siblings, and they enjoyed telling the countless stories about the mischief they got into growing up. He was adventurous as John’s boating “Wingman” both in Ohio and in Florida, and he enjoyed traveling with his family and friends. He especially was an inspiration to others for his commitment to slowing the progression of his disease as a Delay the Disease advocate, exercising every day, even doing 50 push ups just two weeks ago.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Susie Brown; two daughters: Megan (Matt) Bond, and Melissa (Kevan) Murphy; two grandchildren: Anna and Kate Bond; four siblings: Randy (Chris) Brown, Cindy (John) Aksel, Steve (Patty) Brown, and Bruce Brown; a brother-in-law, William “Bill” (Denice) Smith; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Including his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his parents-in-law: Paul and Lois Smith.

His family will greet friends from 2-5 PM on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the Epworth United Methodist Church, 249 E. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring his life will also be held there at 11 AM on Monday, with Rev. Daniel Kiger officiating. A luncheon in Tom’s memory will follow in the May Pavilion at the Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Marion Community Foundation, ℅ Smith-Brown Family Fund, 504 S. State St., Marion, OH 43302, which was established to support programs helping those with neurological illnesses.

On behalf of his family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone at Esther’s Place for their love and care of “their buddy ‘Mr. Tom.’”, and Drs. Friedberg and Brownlowe.  Also, they will forever be grateful for his nephew Nathan Smith whose devotion and friendship helped Tom keep his independence.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Tom’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • So sorry for your loss. May God comfort your family at this difficult time.

  • Susie, Megan and Melissa – so sorry to hear about Tom. Praying God’s peace that passes all our understanding will be with each of you.
    Love, Mike, Kay, Johnathan and David Arnold

  • Susie & Family: So very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Know that others share and grieve in your heartbreak as well. May God keep you and comfort you at this very difficult time. We will be traveling home from Florida this Sunday and Monday and will not be able to come to calling hours or the service. We would certainly be there to express our sympathy to you if we were home. David called us to let us know of Tom’s passing. Please accept our sincere heartfelt sympathy for your loss. We will keep you close in our prayers as well.

  • Susie, Megan and Melissa so sad for your loss. May God comfort you all in the days ahead. Cherish your memories. We love you and are praying for you. John and Joy Torres

  • Susie an girls : You have my thoughts an prayers. Blessing to your family.🙏💖

  • Susie, I feel your hurt knowing your sorrow. Sorry that Rodney & I cannot
    come to the service. May God bless you & your family at this time.

    Kathy Coulson

  • To all of “Toads” family….we send our prayers and our deepest sympathy to you during this time. Rick has many good memories of Tom in high school and always enjoyed his positive, caring attitude. We will be forever grateful to Tom and Maken Bacon Farms for giving our son his start in the “work” world and encouraging him to pursue his farming dreams. May your priceless memories and our loving Saviour give you comfort.
    Sincerely, Rick & Penny Brammell and family

  • Our thoughts and prayers,Susie and to your daughters and family. We so enjoyed meeting you as part of the Unted Soybean Family. Enjoyed our Cracker Jack Connection. May God keep you close…..🙏🙏🙏🙏💕💕💕

  • To Susie, and to Randy and Chris, I want to express my admiration for Tom and the way in which he, and you, battled Parkinson’s. Always a quiet leader, Tom found a way to give himself the best quality of life for as long as possible. God be with you all in your time of sorrow,

  • My deepest sympathies to Susie and family. I have many great memories being around Toad. From the track to basketball court. Tom was always the calm one and voice of reason. Always took time to listen, crack a joke with a sparkle in his eye and always make you feel better. Tom inspired me, a man of character! Also My Condolences to Randy and Chris and rest of Brown family.
    May the compassion of those who care surround you, the memories of shared joys encourage you, and the warmth of Gods love embrace you.
    My Deepest Sympathy,
    David Clunk

  • Deepest condolences on the loss of Tom Susie and family. Thoughts and prayers to all at this most difficult time. May God hold you close in His arms.

  • To Randy, Cindy, Steve and Bruce,
    Sincere sympathy at the loss of your beloved brother.
    Our family has many happy memories of him, and all of you, at the plant, on the farm, and at Wyandot.
    You had a wonderful brother, and his light will be with you always.

  • What a beautiful video of your family and a special tribute to Tom. You all have taken very good care of each other. ❤️ Ned and Linda Ellis

  • What a wonderful slide show of a wonderful man and family. My condolences to you all!

  • To Susie and her daughters as well as Tom’s siblings, I would like to express my sympathy during this most difficult time. I grew up with Tom’s entire family and they are a wonderful bunch and Tom will be missed You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Our deepest sympathy Susie and family.May your loving memories sustain you in the days to come.

    Treva and Dennis Wine

  • Susie and family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bob always enjoyed his conversations with Tom and talking OSU sports.