Thomas G. “Tom” Yontz

November 06, 1926 ‒ March 17, 2005

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Thomas G. “Tom” Yontz, 78, of Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield, died Thursday morning March 17, 2005 in his home following a two-year illness.

He was born November 6, 1926 in Mansfield to Gail, Sr. and Wanda (Sparks) Yontz, and was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1944.

Tom served with the US Army Air Corps during WWII.

He had worked 41 years as a tool and die maker with Therm-O-Disc, retiring in 1988.

Tom was a master woodcarver and wood craftsman, who “could build anything.” He was one of the founders and served as the first president of the Johnny Appleseed Woodcarvers Club. He also taught woodcarving classes at Kingwood Center for 18 years, as well as classes from his home.

He had also served as president of the Richland County Historical Society, which preserves and maintains Oak Hill Cottage, where Tom spent countless hours.

Tom was an active volunteer of Gorman Nature Center and attended Oakland Lutheran Church on Olivesburg Road.

Remembered for his selflessness, one of his pleasures in life came from helping others; thus leaving his family a legacy of altruism.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy A. (Ohler) Yontz, whom he married July 20, 1947; two sons and a daughter-in-law Steve and Shelly Yontz and Jeff Yontz all of Mansfield; and four grandchildren Jake Yontz, Matthew Yontz, Jordan Etzel and Ryan Etzel all of Mansfield.

He was preceded in death by an infant son Barry Scott Yontz; a grandson Philip Yontz; and a brother Gail Yontz, Jr.

The family will receive friends Sunday, March 20, 2005 from 2-6 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Monday at 10:30 am. The Rev. Paul Lintern will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Council will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to Oak Hill Cottage may be made at the funeral home.