Thomas L. “Tom” Uncapher

November 19, 1969 ‒ April 30, 2018

Sunbury, Ohio

Thomas L. “Tom” Uncapher, age 48 of Sunbury died unexpectedly at his home, Monday, April 30, 2018.

Tom was born on November 19, 1969 in Mansfield, Ohio the son of Stanley S. “Stan” and Luan (Fry) Uncapher.  While born in Mansfield, Tom was raised on the farm in Chesterville.  This life as a “farm boy”, cultivated his love of the outdoors and taught him the value of an honest day’s work.

He was a graduate of Highland High School in the class of 1988 and Columbus State Community College.  He was extremely proud of his service in the United States Army Reserves where he was a Sgt. with the 109th Transportation Unit out of Mansfield.  He was called up briefly during Combat Desert Storm.

On September 2, 2000, Labor Day Weekend, he married Heather Kohn in Columbus.  Together they were raising three beautiful children; Alexander, Jessica, and Andrew

Landscaping ran through Tom’s blood; his career spanned 21 years, starting with TrueGreen and leading to his ultimate dream, owning and operating a successful business.  Uncapher Landscaping started over 10 years ago with Tom strapping a wheel borrow to the top of his Oldsmobile Bravada to mulch for newly established clients.  He didn’t just run the business from his office, he loved spending days out with his crew.  He was a certified Arborist and could tell you what trees you had, and which ones would be best for your particular yard.

Tom never met a stranger and fed off the energy of being surrounded by friends and family.  He enjoyed camping and loved his, “beer, Buckeyes, and trucks”.

His legacy will be that of his wife and 3 children.  He was committed to them and worked to provide for them.  He knew they were growing so fast, he worked to spend as much time as possible.

In addition to his wife and children Tom will be missed by his mother Luan of Delaware; sister Lory (Frank) Meredith of Sunbury; Uncle William Fry of Mansfield; Aunt Barbara Clark of Upper Arlington; mother and father-in-law John and Carol Kohn of Powell; sister-in-law Amanda (Christopher) Dickson of Powell; brother-in-law Shawn Kohn of Elkhart, Indiana; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Stan in 2015 and his brother Dale in a farm accident.

Friends may call on the family on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 5-8 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.  Services celebrating Tom’s life will take place there on Friday at 10 AM.  Burial with full military honors to follow at Green Mound Cemetery in Kilbourne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Heather to assist with Alexander’s, Jessica’s, and Andrew’s education.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Tom’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be shared with them at .

  • Heather, Jessie, Alex & Andrew:
    Our hearts go out to you.
    Love Hollie & Anna Sorg

  • Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Tom. May you find strength and courage to help you through this most difficult time.
    We love you Heather, Alex, Jessie and Andrew and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love Molly, Abbey,Jake and Haley

  • Heather, Alex, Jessie, and Andrew. Thinking and praying for you guys all day. We are so so very sorry. – Kevin, Stephanie, Brooklyn and Maddie

  • Heather and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Many prayers for strength and peace during this challenging time.

  • Heather, Alex, Jessie and Andrew, you are in the thoughts of so many people as the shocking news of Tom’s passing sinks in for us all. I am so sorry for your loss. Heather, the amazing family that you and Tom created will hold each other together forever.
    My love to each of you.

  • We send our love to you, Mrs. Uncapher, and your beautiful family. If only our sharing of your pain could ease your heartache. We are so very sorry for your loss. ❤

  • Heather, our heartfelt thoughts are with you and your family. Much love and peace to all.

    Beth, Terry, Lexi and Melina Spiropoulos

  • Heather,Alex,Jessica and Andrew.It is hard to write the thoughts that I feel . The best I can do is to put them in prayers and know we are there for you.

  • Heather,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are holding your family close in prayers and wishing for peace for you and your family. Mike, Janis and Avery Halteman

  • Heather,
    We so very sorry for your loss. You and the kids will be in our hearts and prayers always. If there is anything we can do to help now during this difficult time or in the future please let us know.
    Kelly and Anna Denney

  • I’m so terribly sorry to hear this. My heart and prayers go out to you and the kids. He was a funny, friendly, hardworking man. We will miss him!

    Heidi, Bob and Morgan

  • Heather, Alex, Jessie, and Andrew

    Richie, Katie, and I prayed for you guys last night and continue to pray that God wraps his arms around you Heather (and the kids) and that you can feel his omnipotent love and peace. May you hold on to those many great memories you guys have of Tom. Katie just said last night that she would laugh when Tom would drive her and Alex to school, she said “when he was driving he would say a joke, and then laugh at his own joke, haha, it would make me laugh” Those are great memories to have. We will always be here for you, don’t hesitate to call for anything !

    Richie, Jennifer, Kyle, Cameron, Katie Holcomb

  • May God bless you and keep you, may his light comfort you in this difficult time. We love you Heather! You and the kids are in our prayers. 🙏

  • Heather, Alex, Jessie, and Andrew, I’m so terribly sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. My heart is aching so much for you all. Sending lots of love, hugs, and prayers your way. When I think of Tom, I can picture his warm, welcoming smile. He was such a kind and funny guy. I know he’ll be watching over all of you and smiling. Hang on tight to all of the precious memories you have with him. ❤️

  • We are so sorry to hear of this tragedy. Take care of each other. Please know that your BV family is here to support you.
    The 6th grade team at BVMS

  • I am so so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers daily.

  • Heather & Family (Kohn/Uncapher) – Sending my condolences to you & family. Praying for peace as you navigate through this difficult time.

  • We are so sorry for your loss! We are praying and love you all ! Tim Rebecca Haley Zach Adam Andrew and Brantlee

  • Heather, Alex, Jessie, and Andrew,
    I’m thinking of you all and sending my love. You have my deepest sympathy.

  • Heather,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our son Zachary loved working with Tom and spending time with him. He also talked often about you and your children. Tom had the nicest things to say about Zachary at his wedding this past December. It meant so much to my husband and I. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Keith and Debbie DeWees

  • I’m so very sorry for your loss! My thoughts & prayers are with the family!

  • For your whole family I am so very sorry for your loss. I know nothing I can say will ease the pain but know you are all in my thoughts. May you find comfort and peace. Love Brittaini and family

  • With deepest sympathy for the loss of Tom, I pray that you find strength as you move through and when your strength falters that God is there to carry you through. If there is a need that I can provide please do not hesitate to ask. Mellisa, Scott, Melia and Rez

  • I am so sorry to hear this and praying for comfort and peace for you all. I grew up just a few miles away from Tom and went to school with him. Such a good guy.

  • Heather, Alex, Jessie, and Andrew — My heart is with you during this painful time. I am sending you so much love, hugs, and prayers. Though I’ve never met Tom, he must have been a truly amazing father and husband as reflected by his children and wife. With peace and love, Ayisha Marawi (Ms. M)

  • Tom will be greatly missed he was a great person and always great to talk to I’m sorry for the families loss my prayers are with you

  • I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. My prayers will be with you as you grieve and as you heal with the help of wonderful memories.

  • Heather, Alex, Jessie and Andrew,

    We are deeply sorry for your loss and are holding you all in our hearts and prayers.

    Love, Lori, Ashley, Maddox and Keaton

  • I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I went to school with Tom, and although I have not seen him over the years, I have thought of him, and I have the fondest memories of him. He was the sweetest guy. Again, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

    • Dear Family,
      We were shocked & saddened to hear of Tom’s passing.Condolences & prayers are with you. The “board” & neighbors of Northland Senior Village II will sure miss his great smile and easy going manner with which he cared for our lawn & grounds.Got a problem “call Tom”, he solved it with a grin. Sure will him.
      Again Prayers to his whole family. He was one of the Greats.

  • Heather, Alex, Jessie, and Andrew. We are so sorry to hear about Tom. He’s such a special and friendly guy and will be missed by us all. Keeping you close to hearts and in our prayers. — Jan, Morgan and Alister.

  • Heather, Alex, Jessie and Andrew,

    We are completely heartbroken for your loss. Hopefully time will heal your hearts and good memories will ease your sadness. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. ❤️

  • Heather, Alex, Jessie, Andrew,
    Our hearts ache for your are all in our prayers, and will continue to be there.
    Mary and Mike Messer ( Jennifer Holcombs parents, Katies grandparents) 💕

  • Heather, Alex, Jessie, and Andrew-
    We are so saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. He has always been such a nice friendly and talkative man. We will miss him. Our thoughts are will you all during this difficult time.
    -Chris, Leslie, Hunter and Tucker Valentine

  • The Uncapher family
    I’m so deeply saddened to hear of your loss. The Buckeye Valley football program has all of you in our prayers.

    Matt Stephens and BV Football program

  • As a teacher at the Chesterville School I recall that Tom was a very quiet, gentle young boy. He always had a kind spirit with his friends. May your memories help you through this difficult time.

  • I truly can’t imagine what you and your family is going through. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Tom was a great guy and loved landscaping. He was always so pleasant to talk to and a hard worker. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • My dear friend I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Tom. I know how very much he loves you and the children. I know it feels like life will never be the same or go on and the truth is it won’t be the same but it will continue with a good Lord’s help. I am here for you and the kids for whatever you need sending prayers love and light your way. Grief is the price we pay for love… And you had a grand love.
    Love and healing light,
    Sarah Riely and AJ

  • To Heather and your family, I am so sad. I was only in Columbus for a few years but truly enjoyed spending time with you and your family. I just loved Tom; he’s such a great guy. I can’t imagine what you are going through. Please take care. I am so glad you have such a wonderful group of friends and family to be with during such a sad time. He will be doing good things in the world from heaven and will be here in spirit. I am sending you an abundance of love from Denver. Take care, with love, Angie

  • Heather,
    Jamie and I are with you in spirit and love for you and the kids. I am proud to have been able to coach the boys on their baseball teams these past two summers. They are so respectful and smart, an attribution to you and Tom. May God heal you and Alex, Jessie and Andrew.

    Chuck and Jamie Cribbs

  • Heather, Alex , Jessica and Andrew,
    We was shocked and so very sad to hear of Tom’s ,your husband and father, passing.
    Ourvthoughts and prayers are with all of you. May the wonderful memories give you peace. Sending our love and hugs.
    Fran and Michelle

  • Luann.. As your neighbor for many years I remember Tom as a nice young lad. Prayers for comfort for you and your family. Karen and family.

  • We are so very sorry for your loss, and saddened by the terrible news of Tom passing so suddenly. Tom was so friendly to us. We loved talking to him over the fence. Truly the nicest, funniest, helpful and hardworking man we’ve ever known. Sending you our love and prayers for strength.
    Matt, Sam, Ashlee, Dylan, Rylee, Brooklyn & Hailie

  • Heather and children,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during his very difficult time. I’ll never forget seeing Tom for the first time in 10 years at Indian Springs Elementary telling me his child was he “big one” meaning Heather whom he was still dating.
    We will continue to pray for you and your children.
    Aeneas and Julia Alldredge, Atticus and Sarah Sycks

  • Heather, Alex, Jessie and Andrew,

    Our hearts are heavy with sadness since hearing of your loss. Sending prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

    Chad, Tanya, Sophia and Evan Bender

  • Heather, Children & The Uncapher Family,

    So very sorry – No words to express how it feels when you lose someone you love. Please know that we are praying for you to find some peace and comfort during this time and moving forward. Sending our message of friendship and caring to you all – Trusting in the comfort of hope and time

    Traci Born & Tom Wyant

  • Ms. Uncipher,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know we are thinking of you and your children during this difficult time.

    Evelyn sends her love and sympathies.

  • Sweet Heather and family,
    We are thinking of you all with tons of heartfelt love. You are in our prayers.
    Linda and John Bass

  • The tribute written about your husband was so wonderful. We are all shocked and deeply saddened to hear of his sudden passing. Please know that we are here and and sending prayers and love to you and your family.

  • Heather and family,

    Our hearts go out to you all, we wish you strength at this difficult time. Love and hugs from Leland.

    – the Orlos family

  • I graduated with Tom. He was nice and kind. Enjoyed talking to him in school. My prayers to you and his family.

  • Heather and family,

    My deepest sympathy for you and your family at this most saddest of times. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Mary Jo Hulett

  • We were so shocked when we heard the news! Roger was in the same grade as Dale. Ryan and Tom were classmates. The boys were also in 4H together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  • We have been thinking about you and your family since hearing of this devastating news. We are praying for you all during this difficult time.
    With love and sympathy,
    The Mullins Family (John and Meira)

  • Luan Our hearts and prayers go out to you and the entire family. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
    Larry and Carol

  • Heather, Alex, Jesse, and Andrew,

    We were very saddened to hear of your sudden loss. Our prayers and thought are with you and your family.

    Todd, Jen, Emma, and Will Weinberg

  • Luan & Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time and loss of your Tom. May God bring comfort and peace to all of you.

    Love & prayers,
    Linda, Dick & Shelly

  • Mrs. Uncapher and family, We are thinking of you all and sending love. We are so sorry for your loss. Eliza is sending a big hug to you.
    – The Logan Family

  • Heather, Alexander, Jessica and Andrew,

    Matthew 5:4
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

    So deeply sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you and your family, hoping that you may find some comfort and peace during this difficult time.

    Heather and Gabby Ream
    ISE family.

  • Heather, As a fellow member of Tom’s networking club that met at Scrambler’s Restaurant each Tuesday, I got to really appreciate him, his humor, knowledge and fun spirit. We’d hired him to plant a redbud tree in front of our home, and now I’ll always think of him each time I see it. Lori and I send our sincere condolences.

  • Heather, Alex, Jessica & Andrew,
    I just heard of Tom’s passing and I am SO deeply sorry for your loss. It was evident how much he loved you all. My prayers and condolences are with all of you.
    Much love,

  • Mrs. Uncapher, My heart goes out to you at this time, even though I don’t know you personally. I remember when your son Dale died – I believe he was in the Highland band with my daughter Cindy Lyon. My son, Doug, died in 1987 in a bicycling accident, then my son, Jim, who I think was in Tom’s high school class, died in 2008. So I know the pain of losing two sons, and understand your pain at this time. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you in the days and months, and years, to come.
    Sincerely, Marjorie Lyon Wilhelm

  • Hello,

    I just heard about Tom’s passing. I was his account manager at F&S. I always looked forward to hearing from Tom. He knew how to brighten my day, even when he was dealing with several inches of snow. He was as great man and will be missed dearly.

    Mrs. Uncapher, my condolences to your family and your loved ones.

    From your F&S Friends.

  • Mrs Uncapher,
    So sorry for your loss.
    Your husband and his company lifted a big burden two years ago. My elderly dad, who was in town visiting, practically accosted your husband, who was working with a crew at the front of our subdivision. Your husband was so pleasant about my jungle wreck of a yard, didn’t make me feel embarrassed about years of neglect after a divorce.
    The past two years Uncapher Landscaping cleaned up and mulched at a price a single mother of 4 could afford. The removal of that overwhelming task when you’re working full time, etc has been so motivating for me to get my act together regarding things other than the yard. The kids and I now garden together and they enjoy picking out flowers, etc to plant. We hang out in the patio and yard more now and will always appreciate how much your husband and his company did for us.

  • II Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
    Love you, Mom and Dad.