Thomas F. “Tom” Brown
April 28, 1952 ‒ May 03, 2019
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.